How to Wear a Tube Top Dress

Overview

As the temperatures get higher, clothes tend to get smaller. And the teeniest outfit you can wear is the much-loved tube dress. No wonder many women like it -- it's curve-hugging and keeps you cool. But wearing a tube dress can be tricky. After all, you want to look like you're ready to walk the beach, not the street corner. Not only that, but one straight line of color isn't always flattering or interesting to look at. Luckily, there are some things you can try to rock a super summery tube dress.

1.

Break it up. Because a tube dress is often just one long line of color, you need something to break it up. One option is a long necklace that dips down past the top of your dress. Another great idea is to accessorize with a belt. You can do chunky or thin, stretchy or leather -- just as long as it complements the color of your dress. You may especially like this season's stylish, extra wide corset belts. Not only will this break up the line, but it will add interest camouflage any waistline bulges that may show in such a tight dress.

2.

Accessorize it. Tube dresses are like a blank canvas. They're no-fuss, which means you can add a little flair yourself. Pile on bangles or wear really long, dangling earrings. You can wear a mix of long and short necklaces or carry a big, slouchy bag to balance out the short fit of the dress. Top it all off with a big brimmed floppy hat -- the ultimate in summer wear this season.

3.

Wear flats. The absolute best way to ensure that you're not showing too much leg is to wear flats or flip flops with tube dresses. If you're short, you may be able to get away with kitten heels, but stay far, far away from platforms, wedges or high heels. To spice things up, get a really fun, funky pair of sandals. Find ones that are covered in gems, striking in color or a hot new style. Gladiator sandals look especially chic.

Tips & Tricks

 

If can't-breathe-tight isn't your thing, opt for an empire waist tube dress. They usually have a rouched top and then float away from the body. You'll sometimes see them in terrycloth -- they're perfect over a swim suit.

If you're wearing one of those super tight tube dresses, be extra careful. You could easily end up flashing more than you want to.

 

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