I Haven't Worn This Top Trend Since 2007, But That's About to Change

Beyoncé told us, "What goes around comes back around,” and we can’t think of anything that sums up this specific top trend quite so succinctly. Demand for strapless tops peaked in the ’90s when they were primarily worn with disc belts and low-slung jeans. I got into them in my teens when they reappeared sometime in the mid-aughts, choosing to wear mine with ripped-hem denim miniskirts and slouchy boots. It was a look.

However, lately, I’ve noticed lots of fashion types wearing strapless summer tops once again, and although they certainly come with a dose of nostalgia built in, I couldn’t help but notice that they look chic, too.


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From structured corset-style tops to bohemian-inspired scarfs and basic jersey tubes, the strapless top has come back and is better than ever. If you’re not quite sure how to style it, fret not, for influencers are serving up some stellar suggestions. We love how Lucy Williams and Emmanuelle Koffi have given theirs a cool update with the addition of ecru trousers and jeans, while Alessandra Garcia uses her bright-pink tube top to lift her staple black midi skirt. The general rule of thumb is to keep your bottom half pared-back and simple to let your strapless summer top shine. That, or you can follow Nicole Huisman’s lead and seek out styles in standout shades and buy up any matching trousers that come with it.

Whether you’re looking for something to wear on a hot day or want to get dressed up for a night out, strapless summer tops provide the solution. Continue below to see some of my favourites that I’ve found (I've included a few with very minimal straps in case you want that little extra support), soaking up some visual outfit inspiration as you go.



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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.