Modern Living: Look, No Straps

Fashion's epidermis epidemic bared the thighs in 1969 with the mini. More recently, the midriff and lower back were boldly revealed by skimpy little halter tops. Where could designers go from there? Up. Flesh-o-mania has now reached the shoulders and the neck. The latest in deshabille: the strapless look.

Well-rounded clavicles are on display in everything from evening gowns to T shirts. Neck and shoulder in popularity this season are strapless "maillot" (one-piece) bathing suits, sundresses and jumpsuits. Women cannot buy the styles fast enough. Manhattan's Henri Bendel already has its daytime strapless...

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