There are so many rules when it comes to fashion, which is why we really enjoy breaking them. But going against outdated style tropes isn’t always as easy as just pairing blue with black or wearing crop tops when you’re told you shouldn’t. There are a few rule-breaking items that are just difficult to master, like tube tops. No matter your body type, tube tops will find a way to cause some trouble. From the high-risk of a nip-slip to figuring out which bra will actually provide support sans-straps, trying out the returning tube top trend isn’t for the faint of heart.
But while tube tops might be hard to get right, the resulting look is a reward well worth it. And no one is better equipped to help you master the art of tube tops than influencer Khloe Katera. We spoke to the model and YouTuber, in an effort to pinpoint how to successfully integrate tube tops into your wardobe when you’re plus-sized. Her number one piece of advice? “Try to step out of your comfort zone.” Because when it comes to working a controversial clothing item into your outfit, sometimes you have to just go for it.
Ahead, Katera has the inside scoop on where to buy them, how to style them and most importantly, how to feel good wearing them. Everything a curvy girl needs to make tube tops her own is just a click away.
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“I normally shop at either Fashion Nova or Forever21 when I’m looking for tube tops. However, I’ve found some cute ones at Torrid, too! These brands always offer a good amount of support for my bust, as well as super-cute styles.”
“I’m always receiving questions about where I buy my tops and how to style them. There have been a few people who have expressed their dislike towards a curvy female, such as myself, wearing tube tops. But there is no way that’s stopping me from serving this look!”
“[When it comes to shopping,] I tend to [go for] inclusive brands, because those are truly the only brands I want to support. [More so], these brands sell products that fit me the best. [As for filtering,] I narrow down silhouettes for tube tops to avoid looking boxy. Preferably, I like them to be form-fitting around my waist and my bust. The tightness of the top offers a good bit of support!”
“I normally don’t have any trouble finding my size since I know where to look for tube tops now. However, I always struggle finding a top that fits properly in terms of the design. I think brands are still trying to perfect exactly how to design a tube top for a curvy/plus-size woman.”
“If my tube top is full-length [— in other words, not a crop top —], I tuck it into my jeans, skirts, or whatever bottom I’m wearing. This offers a cute silhouette, showing off your body’s curves. Sometimes, I pair my tube tops with a cute cropped jacket to give the look some extra oomph.”
“The first time I wore a tube top, I felt like I shouldn’t have been wearing it because of the size of my bust. I actually didn’t even wear a bra! But since I liked how I looked, my decision to go against societal boundaries landed me tons of compliments. It felt amazing. Next thing you know, I’m experimenting with my style all the time!”
“Whatever you do, do not limit your style choices due to size! You can wear anything you want to wear.”
“Honestly, I think there is a great representation of “straight-size trends” in the plus-size community. Maybe the market is lacking specifically with tube tops, since they are pretty hard to find, but overall, brands like Prettylittlething, Fashion Nova, and Forever21 are currently offering plenty of inclusive trends. Of course, I would love to see more, but we have come a long way!”
As for other trends, it’s all about “high slits, animal print, satin, tie-front tops and flared pants!”
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