When we think about our fashion sense during the 90s and the early 2000s, most of us will cringe at the embarassing memory of our mums dressing us up like we were some cheap Malibu Barbie doll they picked up at the gas station store. This often implied massive scrunchies, denim dungarees, and yeah bandeau tops. We all had that awkward moment cleaning our wardrobe and finding one of those like “Is this a skirt or a top???”
And now, all of a sudden, this cringy piece of clothing from our (even cringier) school days has made a comeback… and it seems like puberty hit bandeau tops like a truck, because HOLY COW DO THEY LOOK CUTE NOW. Yes, we are very impressed and happy we are being given a second chance to rock these weird, confusing, tube-looking tops our way – and not our mums’ – so we’re bringing you our top 10 favourite bandeau tops that are cute af for summer 2018!
Striped patterns can be our best allies, if we know how to use them. You thought that stuff your grandma used to say about horizontal lines can make you look fat wasn’t right? Take advantage of the optical illusions and go for a horizontally striped bandeau top to make your boobs look bigger. If the top isn’t cropped and it’s more like a bustier, choose vertical lines to look slimmer.
2. Shirred Bandeau Tops
We don’t only love shirred bandeau tops because they come in all the colours and patterns you’ve ever dreamt of, no. We love them because they are the perfect top to wear without a bra! Yes, this is not a drill! Leave the bra at home and let your titties breath for once!
3. If Black Is Your Happy Colour…
The reason why black bandeau tops are so cool? No matter what you wear them with, they have the ability to feel like a total, ultra-confident and beautiful badass. No, seriously: black bandeau top with ripped jeans? Sexy and cool. Black bandeau top with matching black suit pants? A power move. With colourful and summery shorts? Cute and fresh. We aren’t joking when we say you need this top in your wardrobe!
Don’t let anyone ever tell you bandeau tops can’t be classy and preppy. Because they are and we have the images that prove it! Just look how beautiful and… somehow proper? even though there’s a lot of skin there? It’s thanks to the pattern and the subconscious way we link vichy squares to very posh stuff. A winner bandeau top and perfect for the summer!
You get Brownie points if you read that heading in Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly’s voice. Yes, florals when the sun is out might not be “groundbreaking”, but they are still cute af. Wear them with skirts for an unashamedly feminine look!
6. Plain And Easy
Bandeau tops should be your top of choice in the summer because, listen: it’s the closest you can get to wearing a bikini in the city. And when it’s hot and even getting dressed is a task worthy of praise, songs and several movies, there is nothing else we’d like to wear more than a bandeau top. That’s whu you need them in basic colours, too! White, nude, pastel pink… wear them with statement pants and feel the sexiest during the sunny season.
7. Bold Neon
Neon is no longer retro – or more like, retro is now cool – and we couldn’t be happier! If you were waiting for the perfect moment to wear the boldest colours, summer 2018 is when you stop waiting! Brightly coloured bandeau tops won’t only make your tan pop, they’ll also give you a major confidence boost. You will want to be seen.
8. Tie It Up And Ready To Go
Here’s the best-kept secret regarding bandeau tops: the best bandeau tops… aren’t bandeau tops at all! *Gasp* Yes, it was quite a shock for us too, but do you remember Beyoncé’s iconic red top during the early 00’s? The one that looked suspiciously similar to a scarf rather than an actual top? Well, that’s exactly where we were coming from. The best bandeau tops for your summer 2018 are actually scarves!
You thought you could ever escape from the super trendy and luxurious looking fabric that took over your going-out wardroe last winter? Nah, neither did we, because we do not want to! Velvet is still our favourite thing and we were devastated we had to give it up during the summer… which is why we’re so glad we’re getting velvety bandeau tops. The added bonus? Wear them now with denim shorts and you have a cute and chic summery outfit, but wear them with black, high-waisted jeans with a statement fur coat and heels in winter and you get the most killer combination ever! I knew velvet and versatile sounded similar for a reson…
10. Coordinate it
Co-ords, sets, combos… call them as you prefer, but the last thing you should know before you go and embrace your newly-discovered – or rediscovered (?) – love for bandeau tops is this: if you can find the top with matching bottoms, you’ve already won, sister, you can go home. I mean, have you seen how gorgeous, sexy and beautiful these things look with a matchy skirt? Checked pants? Flared trousers? A winner every time, enjoy turning those heads.
What about you? What are your favourite bandeau tops for this summer? Let us know on the comment section below!
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