I may know what you are thinking:
If you are age 30 or below, you’d likely say, “Of course, I’d wear a tube top—with my super short shorts, a midi vest and booties.” And, if you are 31 and over, you’d probably say “WTF!?! Why are we even talking about this?”
Let’s just say, I like to experiment.
The tube top in question was $10, and I figured that if I couldn’t do anything with it, my 18 year old daughter would happily take it off my hands. Plus, it fit into that “second time around” rule I wanted to test—you know, “If it comes back in style a second time around, skip it—you’re too old.” So the challenge for me became whether or not I could style it in such a way that I would wear it out.
I was in my early twenties when I purchased my first tube top.
Everyone was getting them, and ever the fashionista, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. I wore it just the way my daughter would, with cut off jean shorts, or distressed jeans, some cool sunglasses, a long necklace and cute sandals. I enjoyed the ease of the look, and it was pretty comfortable. I was young, and loved pushing the limits. (Not much has changed there).
On this second time around, I found I had a few constraints with my physique. First, my tummy isn’t super sleek washboard it once was, and I like to keep it covered. Wearing the top with my midriff showing was out of the question—besides, crop tops are being shown with high waisted “mom” jeans right now anyway. And I didn’t want to wear the top with shorts either, that just didn’t seem to be “me”. Finding a way to wear the top while being “me” is part of the challenge.
Clearly, the tube top situation was going to call for some creativity.
Look #1. I remembered I had purchased a super cute romper that needed something under it—so I gave that a try. The romper had been a wild card too, but when I tried it on in the fitting room, it worked. I could see the romper worn over a swim suit, and with a simple tee shirt, but the tube top took the look to the next level—and I wore it to our 4th of July cook out—you may remember from Instagram (@sharing_a_journey).
Look #2. I looked through the rest of my wardrobe and pulled out a favorite: my white Tahari skirt. The skirt has a fifties vibe and is a staple in my summer wardrobe. I’ve had it for years and have found that so many tops go well with it, but the tube top seemed to turn the look into something very special. I wore the look on Princess Day with Brooke—we went to lunch and shopping. I knew I stood out in a sea of shorts and tee shirts, which is what almost everyone around here wears—I just ignore it and wear what feels good, and I received several compliments.
Taking it to the nest level:
Taking the tube top to the next level included accessories, and while I could have taken it back to the “70’s, I decided to make the look my own by wearing one of my signature sun hats with the romper—it just seemed more “me”.
The white skirt was quite versatile, retro inspired sunglasses to go with the ‘50’s vibe, and a pair of wedges or flats. The look reminded me of romance when I was young, you know that delicious excitement, a girly-girl scent and maybe the time when a boy you liked, liked you back.
The Challenge, Should You Choose to Accept It:
So here’s the challenge: find something you are a little intrigued by, and see if you can style it in a way that you’d wear out—I’d love to see what you come up with. Drop a link in the comments so we can check it out.