There was a time we all wore tube tops, and then a time we all suddenly didn’t. It was probably because of the countless wardrobe malfunctions we saw on Hollywood celebrities, or because they became so associated with the early 2000s, in the same way Juicy Couture tracksuits, trucker hats, and denim mini skirts belong to that era.
While the 2000s was quite an interesting time for fashion, there is that undeniably chic appeal about the tube top as worn at present by this generation’s tribe of cool girls. Unpack it from the rest of the forsaken trends of the past and you have a clothing piece that is stylish, effortless, and versatile. You can wear it under a jacket, layer it on, or wear it all on its own: It all works, either way! So, dig through the hidden depths of your closet and bring the thing back. Today’s celebrities show you the updated, 2019 way to wear the tube top.
Local Celebrities Wearing Tube Tops
1. Gabbi Garcia
Preview cover girl Gabbi Garcia keeps it real in this white tube top, smartly paired with a plaid blazer in black and white, and light-wash denim jeans. Unless you’re a certified hubadera, the tube top’s easy on-off mechanism can be pretty intimidating to wear. A blazer offers a modest yet chic coverup, and when paired with jeans, it makes for a cute smart casual outfit that you can wear to brunch!
In another OOTD, Gabbi shows how much she loves the white on plaid look! This time, she paired her white tube top with plaid wrap pants and strappy black heels! It’s a casually dressy outfit, and you can never go wrong with the fitted-and-flared silhouette. Not only does it make the ensemble look smarter, it also gives your figure more dimension. Plus, the white top and understated heels also turn the printed pants into a statement piece!
2. Kiana Valenciano
When you’re adding more tube tops to your wardrobe rotation, it’s best to take notes from Kiana Valenciano. Wearing a tube top in an interesting print and pairing it with solid block colors easily takes the look to the streets and makes the pattern pop. Go for a wild floral print like Kiana’s for a fun look.
Here’s another take on the tube top trend courtesy of Kiana. Wearing white this time, she paired the look with a jacket, joggers, and braided extensions for an urban, street-inspired look. To add some frills and a feminine touch, she wore a silver choker necklace to break up the casual vibe. Like Kiana, feel free to show off your shoulders for that OOTD pose!
You can’t go wrong with a jacket and a tube top! The Miss International 2016 queen looks completely chill in this athleisure-meets-denim look, where Kylie pairs a white tube top with white joggers from Fila, breaking the monochromatic look with a racer stripe running down its side. Kylie is a huge fan of the street-slash-glam aesthetic, as evidenced by the large hoop earrings she’s sporting!
4. Kelsey Merritt
It’s hard to talk about tube tops and not think of Kelsey Merritt’s head-turning look when she stepped into the Victoria’s Secret offices at the VS Fashion Show go-see last year! This ensemble, which landed her on the pages of fashion outlets around the world, is a crisp monochromatic outfit in white. Kelsey paired her plain tube with high-waisted jeans and a classic Chanel black quilted handbag. Copy the Victoria’s Secret model’s look for a chic and stylish outfit that's perfect for strolling around the city!
5. Nadine Lustre
Nadine Lustre has such a distinctly sexy and edgy style, hence seeing her wear tube tops isn’t out of the question. This statement tube she’s wearing is a stylish, streetwear-laced take on the trend, paired with mid-rise jogger pants. The look still works even if you choose not to bare your midriff! For more coverage, you can also opt to throw on a vintage denim jacket.
In another OOTD, Nadine chooses to channel some Spice Girls vibes in an orange, plaid tube top with yellow stripes that match her honey hair color. Keeping in with the color palette, the actress wore high-waisted paper boy trousers in beige. The actress also topped off the look with white chunky dad sneakers that won’t clash with her outfit!
Talk about being inspired by the ‘90s! Tube tops in multicolored stripes were all the rage that decade, and Maureen Wroblewitz reinterprets the style of that time and more. Sporting a black tube with vibrant hues for stripes, the model wears the top with ripped, high-waisted blue jeans and a chunky black leather belt. It’s like flipping through the pages of a retro editorial!
7. Kathryn Bernardo
Leave it to Kathryn Bernardo to show you how to rock the tube top! The Hello, Love, Goodbye star has been experimenting more with her style lately, donning ensembles that mix urban-inspired influences with tailored pieces and feminine silhouettes. We especially love this look put together by stylist Jan Aranilla, which proves that the tube can look smart when styled properly. Here, Kath sports a cropped tube top that bared her toned midriff, layered on with a pinstripe shirt dress and wide-leg trousers. This ensemble is a masterclass on contrasting silhouettes—the figure-fitting tube top complemented the loose, flowing fabric from the shirt dress and trousers. It’s a sleek and powerful look with a touch of sexy.
In this other outfit, Kathryn takes on a more casual look, pairing a form-fitting gray tube top with more laid-back pieces. Here, she's wearing a black jacket with a relaxed fit, paired with a similarly hued jersey skirt with a thigh slit and sneakers.
For another polished take on the tube top, pair it with flared pants, just as Kath did in this OOTD. The classic fit-and-flare look does wonders to a silhouette. The stripe pattern ties the outfit together and makes for one cohesive ensemble.