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Tube top

A white tube top

A tube top, colloquially known in the U.K. as a boob tube,[1] is a shoulderless, sleeveless women's garment that wraps around the upper torso. It is generally tight over the breasts, usually by means of elastic bands at its top and bottom, to prevent it from falling. The tube top appeared first in the 1950s for a young girl to wear to a beach or picnic, became popular in the late 1970s/early 1980s and returned to popularity in the 1990s and 2000s.[2]

Israeli fashion designer Elie Tahari claimed, in 2012, that he helped popularize tube top after his arrival in New York in 1971.[3]

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  1. ^ "Boob tube": a redesignation of a dismissive 1960s sobriquet for television, or "idiot box"; "boobs" derives from "bubbies" (The Straight Dope: "the origin of 'booby trap'"); the screen was a cathode ray tube.
  2. ^ AP report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 1 June 1998, p4E
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