Tube tops: the mere phrase is enough to inspire flashblacks to the sequin-encrusted going-out tops and tragically unflattering lace-trimmed blousons of decades past.
However, strapless tops have evolved a lot in the intervening years, and this summer, we’d venture that you might even want to add one to your repertoire. (I mean, we’ve all collectively decided to give off-the-shoulder tops another go—why not do the same for no shoulder?)
For a sporty, ’90s-inspired look, you could layer a bandeau under an open oversized button-down, or for something a little more polished, a tie-front style looks perfect paired with wide-leg denim and skinny trousers alike. Cropped versions are ideal for high-waist bottoms—or you could go the Taylor Swift-at-the-Grammys route and wear one as formal wear with just a choker and a smile.
If you’re ready to at least entertain the notion, we’ve rounded up 17 outfit ideas in the gallery ahead that give the tube top a 2016 spin.