National Tube Top Day

Young woman with a summery tube top, wearing denim shorts and sunglasses, enjoying a picnic in a bright, sunny park..
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Welcome to the wonderful world of National Tube Top Day! Get ready to celebrate this iconic fashion trend that has kept summers sizzling since its inception. Whether you're a fan of fashion or just love a good throwback, National Tube Top Day is here to remind us of the days when midriffs and bare shoulders were all the rage. So, let's dive into the history, fun facts, and charming nostalgia of this special day!

When is Tube Top Day?

It's national tube top day on the 17th August.

The Origins of National Tube Top Day

Although the exact origins of National Tube Top Day remain a mystery shrouded in cute, colorful fabrics, it is believed to have emerged in the late 20th century as a celebration of the iconic tube top. This garment, also known as a bandeau top or boob tube, was a staple of summer fashion in the 1970s and '80s.

The tube top, with its strapless and form-fitting design, was an embodiment of freedom and carefree styles. It gave wearers the chance to show off their tanned shoulders and enjoy the warm breeze without the constraints of regular tops. The popularity of tube tops skyrocketed during the summer months, and soon enough, people wanted a designated day to honor this beloved garment.

Now, every year on National Tube Top Day, fashion enthusiasts dig deep into their closets or hit the stores to proudly display their love for this timeless piece of clothing.

Fun Facts About Tube Tops

Did you know that the tube top has evolved over time? From its humble beginnings as a simple elasticized bandeau to innovative designs with built-in bras and adjustable straps, the tube top has seen its fair share of fashion upgrades. It's no longer just a one-size-fits-all garment; there's a tube top for every body type and style preference.

History behind the term 'Tube Top'


The Invention of the Tube Top

The term 'tube top' originated in 1930 when a new clothing item was introduced to the fashion scene. This garment was a strapless garment that hugged the upper body tightly while leaving the midriff exposed. It was essentially a tube of fabric that could be worn as a top. The tube top became popular among women during this time as it allowed for freedom of movement and a more daring style choice.


Becoming a Symbol of Liberation

In the 1960s, the tube top gained further popularity and became a symbol of liberation for many women. It was seen as a rebellious fashion choice that challenged societal norms and restrictions placed on women's clothing. The tube top allowed women to embrace their bodies and reject traditional modesty expectations.


Tube Top Fashion in the Disco Era

The 1970s, known as the disco era, saw the tube top becoming a staple in dance clubs and parties. The glitz and glamour of the disco scene made the tube top a favored choice among women who wanted to showcase their style and dance the night away. Its popularity was fueled by celebrities and fashion icons who wore tube tops both on and off the dance floor.


Revival of the Tube Top

After a decline in popularity throughout the 1980s, the tube top experienced a revival in the 1990s. It became an essential fashion item in the grunge and alternative scene. Young people embraced the tube top as part of their rebellious, non-conformist style and often paired it with baggy jeans or skirts for a casual and edgy look.


Continued Influence and Evolution

In modern times, the tube top has evolved to cater to different fashion trends and preferences. Designers have experimented with various lengths, materials, and patterns, making it a versatile garment suitable for a range of occasions. The tube top remains a popular choice for warm weather, casual outings, and events where individuals want to make a bold and fashion-forward statement.

Did you know?

The tube top was initially called a 'boob tube' because it was said to resemble a tube sock for the chest. Thankfully, the name evolved along with the fashion!


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17th August 2017

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