February 28, 2024

Tube Dresses Are Back: How to Wear This 2000s Fashion Staple Like an It-girl

What goes around must come around in the realm of high fashion and it comes as little surprise that tube dresses—a popular favorite from the 2000s—are back on everyone’s sartorial radar. But while the strapless bodycon was earlier considered the gambit of bold red carpet fashion, a recent resurgence of wear-anywhere silhouettes will inspire you to start dreaming creative ways to include it in your wardrobe. Ahead, all the insider-approved ways to style this 2000s staple:

Dua Lipa Dorra Zarrouk tube dresses

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How to style tube dresses like a celebrity It-girl

When it comes to tube dress styling, you will want to take your cues from some of the best-dressed names. The silhouette has been popping up on the red carpet circuit with frequency—Nadine Nassib Njeim took the trend for a whirl at the 2024 Vogue Ball of Arabia in a lustrous Rami Kadi gown with iridescent fringe. The color palette also found favor with Yasmine Sabri who opted for a metallic tube dress with a slit at the Cannes Film Festival. Tube pleated dresses are also having a moment in the spotlight with Nancy Ajram shining bright in a gilded chainmail number.

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Elsewhere, on Hollywood shores, metallic moments are aplenty in this silhouette, from Kylie Jenner’s iridescent Maison Margiela creation detailed with a bow and cape to Dua Lipa’s rose-hued column dress at the Critics Choice Awards earlier this year. 

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How to wear tube dresses for every occasion on your social calendar

Before you delve deeper into exploring tube dress outfit ideas, it helps to understand the origins of this trend. While strapless dresses have been around since the 1930s—notably first popping up in the collections of Christian Dior—the tube top-style silhouette was first produced in 1971 as a manufacturing error. The bandeau silhouette has since been sported by fashion icons down the ages for just about every occasion—Vera Wang’s strapless silhouettes for bridalwear now serve as industry lore. The resurgence of this 2000s trend now paves the way for other sartorial hallmarks of the era: kitten heels, cardigans and hair accessories. If you are looking to invite a tube maxi dress into your everyday rotation, take notes from our guide on how to wear this silhouette wherever your social calendar takes you:

How to style tube top dresses for summer 

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Orchid tube dress in stretch-jersey, Kourh

Ruched maxi tube dress in stretch-satin, Good American

Cynthia feather-trimmed mini dress in crepe, The New Arrivals by Ilkyaz Ozel

How to style tube dresses for a formal black-tie event

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Tube maxi dress in faux leather, Good American

K/signature rock-chic fingerless gloves in leather, Karl Lagerfeld

How to style tube dresses with blazer to the office 

Honeycomb tube midi dress in rayon-knit, Isa Boulder

Disheveled cardigan in cotton-knit, Marni

Belted blazer in crepe, Boss

How to style tube dresses with sleeves

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Strapless maxi dress and bolero set, Nass

Belted strapless maxi dress in jacquard, Nass

Lea puff-sleeved maxi dress in twill, Solace London

How to style tube dresses for a party

Harlow tube mini dress in sequin jersey, Auteur

Feather-trimmed mini dress in crepe, Self-Portrait

Alexa 105 crystal mule sandals in satin, Amina Muaddi

How to style a tube dress with accessories

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Harper mini dress, Elle Zeitoune


Love summer pendant diamond necklace in 18kt yellow gold, L’Atelier Nawbar

Small logo hoop earrings, Miu Miu

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