Extremely, says former New Times photographer Dale Monaghen. He should know, as a working photojournalist Monaghen covered the very first Halter Top Day in the 1970s. And he’s got the photos to prove it.
“It’s kind of matronly looking,” Monaghen says of today’s tops at The Kougar. “Let’s just say, it’s not very revealing compared to the ones in my photos. The new one looks like a T-shirt without sleeves. It does have a V neck but it goes up in the armpit area a lot higher.”
Therein lies the problem.
The original Royals halter tops may have been cleavage-free, but the open backs encouraged bra-less-ness and midriffs were exposed. More to the R-rated point, the halter tops of yesteryear’s sagging sides made formajor peekaboo action, Monaghen notes. Uh, see photo.
Translation: after disavowing for years a return to the politically incorrect days of halter top promotions past, the Royals acceded to overwhelming fan fervor and brought them back for 40th anniversary. But they chickened out with a conservative design, watering the promotion down, and even gave T-shirts to the dudes.
That said, as unsexy as they are, this year’s halter tops aren’t a complete loss, Monaghen ventures.
“Well, on the right person, wouldn’t