Tube Tops

June 19th, 2013

Tube Tops - Behind The Awkwardness

“This is a portrait of me and my mom taken at the local Woolworth’s in the late 70′s. My mom thought it would be cute to take photos in our tube tops. I posted this pic on FB as it’s always been one of my favorites; I thought it was so sweet. Two weeks ago, a friend saw it on FB and suggested that it could be a contender for your site. I HAD NEVER THOUGHT OF THE PHOTO IN THAT LIGHT, but now that I see what others see, I can’t stop laughing.”

(submitted by Ruth)

53 Responses to “Tube Tops”

  1. cheryl says:

    why were naked at woolworths?

  2. Munich11 says:

    Personally, awkward assumed nudity aside :-D, I think it’s a beautiful pic! Love your hair, both! It just had kind of a hippie appeal to it, but I think it’s great!

  3. Luna says:

    lol my mom and I would Never wear the same outfit or hair

  4. Ken says:

    Naked or not (and I’ll take your word for it that you’re not :-)), you both look lovely.

  5. ChrissyBuns says:

    I love this picture, it’s very sweet…even if you do look nekkid!

  6. Michael says:

    In Australia. In the ’80s they were referred to as “Boob Tubes”. True story.

  7. Chrissys says:

    I’m trying to get my hair like yours now!

  8. Kimmy says:

    Tube tops are strapless. Anyways, I love this picture, mother and daughter.

  9. TAMMY says:

    They were called tube tops in the 70′s. Now they re called tank tops. Big deal what they were referred to. It is a nice picture & she is proud of it. I would be.

  10. Haley Guidry says:

    I’m a professional photographer and this was the photographer’s fault. Yes, it’s still nice but the photographer should have seen the issue rising. If they wanted the tube tops visible, the photographer should’ve either zoomed out or backed up.

  11. Elizabeth H says:

    You are both beautiful in that photo! Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise!!

  12. Melissa says:

    I still love tube tops, and I live in the city, in a neighborhood where friends call to me from the sidewalk when my window is open. Certain friends always have to ask if I’m naked because they see the same view as this photo (as if I sit around in the buff awaiting neighborly chats). But I can see why you love this photo so much – you are both beautiful, and you look very happy to be spending time together.

  13. Betty says:

    It’s a gorgeous pic I agree!

  14. Jaaaaaade says:

    You both have gorgeous smiles :)

  15. Johnny Panic says:

    That really is a cute photo, but I can see why it looks awkward to others!

  16. David says:

    Both women are simply gorgeous. This is very cute.

  17. Peter says:

    What am I missing. Picture has been cropped. I don’t see any tube tops so I can’t comment.

  18. Toni G says:

    I love this photo and I love the back story from the submitter.

  19. amy says:

    I can see why this picture is one of your favorites! Sweetly awkward or awkwardly sweet, you and your Mom are both adorable!

  20. NancyDrew says:

    Honestly, I am pretty jealous of this pic. My mom used to mow the lawn in her tube top and terrycloth shorts. I wanted that outfit so badly, and would sneak into my moms room and try it on…. Oo ooh to have matching tube tops! And a pic to remember them by!

  21. Lisa says:

    I really like this picture. I wish it was mine!

  22. fireflight says:

    And we are supposed to take your word for it that they were wearing tube tops. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  23. Jujub says:

    I think you are both beautiful!

  24. Mimi says:

    Love the pic, love love love the fro’s. I could never and still can’t get a “natural” But best of all I love your smiles, and the fact that this picture beings you happiness. I loved and adored my mum so much this pic has inspired me to go through my fav pics of the two of us. Its the little things in life that matter most. Be Happy!

  25. Nelley says:

    I see nothing awkward about this photo. I see two beautiful women. There is such an innocence in the younger one and great protective pride in the older one. I can see why this is a favorite picture.

  26. Corinne says:

    I assume all of these comments were made prior to an editing on the part of the poster? It clearly says “tube tops” in the description… Just sayin’..

  27. Sharon says:

    Tube tops and Woolworth’s. Made me so nostalgic. Cute pic too!

  28. Gina says:

    I love this photo. Could live without the 11 comments in a row correcting the poster about the difference between tube tops and tank tops, but that’s how it goes. Good photo :-).

    • Ehlara says:

      Agreed! It’s not even like they all commmented around the same time. The comments are more awkward than the very cute pic. (Even more so now that the description has been corrected.) :D

  29. Carmel says:

    This picture is so awkward, their tank top straps ran away…

  30. Sarah says:

    I assume she meant tube tops? This is great.

  31. Kathy says:

    All the tank tops I own have straps of some sort.

  32. B says:

    Tank tops have straps…

  33. Melissa says:

    Tank tops – or tube tops??? I’m thinking boob tubes…

  34. bea says:

    Tank tops or tube tops?

  35. Brandy says:

    Umm.. I think she meant tube tops, not tank tops. lol

  36. marilyn says:

    But where are your tank tops??! (You do look really sweet together, though.) :)

  37. liz says:

    you mean Tube tops not tank tops….

  38. Amanda says:

    Uhm, tank tops or *tube* tops? Because I don’t see any straps…

  39. Kate says:

    You and your mom are adorable! I think they are called “tube” tops when there are not straps. Here on the west coast, anyway.

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