Tube Tops Are Back In All Their '90s Glory

In 1971, designer Elie Tahari accidentally ended up with a pile of excess fabric after a manufacturing mistake. Little did he know that the tube top would help kick-start his career, or that it would become a staple of the '90s and '00s, when everyone from Britney Spears in shiny pink to Cameron Diaz in rainbow stripes made the trend their own.

Here's the thing: Tube tops are the built-in air conditioner your fourth floor walk-up is missing. They're (truthfully) the most practical piece of summer clothing — can you think of another item that's simultaneously stylish and provides unrivaled armpit ventilation? Off-the-shoulder tops: You've had your moment in the spotlight for too long. Times are changing, and we're looking to tube tops as the answer for wearing as little fabric as possible, while still getting maximum coverage.

This summer, we’re freeing ourselves from sleeves, straps, and anything else that might give us weird tan lines. Here's how 11 women are making the tube top relevant in 2017.

The Canadian tuxedo, summer-ified.

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This one's similar to wearing a bathing suit top (which we unapologetically do all summer long anyway).

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The button-up has gone rogue...and transformed into a tube top.

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It’s all about how you style it. We’re definitely throwing ours on over a classic white tee.

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Not immune to the '90s trend revival, even the tube top has embraced logomania.

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Head-to-toe baby pink because monochromatic just looks better.

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It works with athleisure, too.

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Takes us back to our summer camp days.

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A bodysuit/tube top hybrid is basically everything we've ever wanted.

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Yes, you can wear a tube top and not have to sacrifice making a statement.

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Longline options do things off-the-shoulder tops never could.

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