Clothes of the Seventies, Tube Tops

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Description: The elastic/cloth stretched around any size bust with no shoulder straps. Very easy to make. Tube style dresses were popular too, the elastic material on top connected to a loose flowey skirt. Flowered, striped, solids were all popular.
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Cin - July 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a tube top that was the stretchy smocked around the torso with a poufy bust top then elastic band around the top of the pouf and tie string shoulder straps. It was a white thin terrycloth-like fabric. Boy I loved that top! Made this 12-yr-old feel SO grownup! Thanks for the memory!
H. Stowe - March 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I wasn't allowed to wear tube-tops because I was too busty but in the later 1970s didn't we all have a gold lame' one for the disco's that we used our fake ID to get into so we could dance? I had to sneak mine out and change in the car but it was worth it as long as I remembered to change back before going home!
kay - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a tube top for every day of the week and then some. if I got really daring I would wear it with my elephant about showing off skin! Hey what about Handkerchief tops remember those?
crazy amy - August 07, 2008 - Report this comment
tube tops were great for me-i was well endowed enogh to look great but young and perky enough to not sag-today at 43 and after 2 kids it would be frightening!!
Beth - September 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I was a bit shy to wear a tube top at first....but once I wore one, I was in heaven. So comfortable!! I would wear a polyester blouse buttoned half way and tied at the waist with a tube top underneath!
hippie dippie - February 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved wearing mine under an unbuttoned gauze blouse that tied at the waist.
Cid - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
My favorite way to wear a tube top was underneath a pair of cutoff overalls. Looked great until I wore it on a carnival ride that flipped you upside down.
Marly - November 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore these all the time, as did my friends. Very cool in the summertime. I developed early, and once the boys pulled it down. So embarrassing! Then I started wearing the ones with the straps.
Dean - June 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Girls at our Dallas junior high school in the mid- to late 70s were forbidden to wear these, but they would still try. One time, a girl got sent home because she had tried to conceal her smocked, eyelet-trimmed, white tube top by tying a matching shawl around the shoulders (shawls very popular at the time) and the shawl slid off. And I also remember the sequined "disco look" tube tops in bronze, gold, and rainbow hues. Those sometimes had matching sequined stocking caps.
Lisa Koffler - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I LOVE tube tops, and the 80s had them, too!
Michelle - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a bunch of them too, fun to wear, especially in the summer. I still have a seqiun tube top stored away that I used to wear with spandex pants or satin jeans when we would go out dancing. Those were some really fun times, very showy but really not much different than today.
Elizabeth - January 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I wore these ALL the time & loved to drive around in my MG with the top down. Everybody used to wave & honk their horns when I would drive by. It was only a few years later in the 80s that I suddenly realized I must have looked like I was naked in that convertible. Lol!

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