What are these tube skirts that are mentioned on here all the time?

(49 Posts)
movingmovingmoving Thu 27-Feb-14 22:47:46

I honestly don't think I have ever seen one in the shops, but am intrigued - are they short or long? I wear skater style skirts a lot but am getting bored of them so these could be an alternative...any chance someone could post a couple of examples?

RiojaHaze Thu 27-Feb-14 22:52:06


I'm pear shaped and wear skater dresses too but I find tube skirts easy to wear and flattering.

RiojaHaze Thu 27-Feb-14 22:54:42
VelvetDuvet Thu 27-Feb-14 23:46:21

The one that comes highly recommended is from whistles. I bought a cheapo one from matalan for £9 not expecting much of it, and honestly it's great. Really flattering & I didn't expect it to look good.
I tried the whistles one on at the weekend thinking a better quality one would last longer but it didn't fit me as well as the matalan one did so I didn't bother as it was £55 I think.

cloudskitchen Thu 27-Feb-14 23:55:19

I have the hush ruched skirt. That's been mentioned quite alot. At least once by me grin

LaTrucha Fri 28-Feb-14 08:08:43

Do you have to wear bear legs underneath them? Do they ride up with tights?

WholeNutt Fri 28-Feb-14 09:07:57

Can an apple wear this type of skirt?

I would worry it would be too long on my wee short legs, and just make me look dumpy.

Flangeofmingetown Fri 28-Feb-14 10:07:51

I wear maxi tube skirts and I'm an apple. They're really flattering because there is no extra material around the waistband but I recommend that you ignore the size label and get it big enough so it doesn't stick to the stomach.
They are incredibly versatile- great for layering all year around and comfortable too.

Arf at bear legs- now that was an image and because I'm tired it took me a while with thoughts of ugg type boots or some leg wear I hadn't come across. Damn autocorrect.

They don't ride up with tights in my experience.

WhereIsMyHat Fri 28-Feb-14 10:23:05

I wear short ones as longer ones just accentuate my thunder calf look. Asos have loads, I have the basic jersey mini that's nice and thick and not too mini. I wear it with thick black tights and something bum covering on top. I wear ankle boots or brogues on my feet.

WhereIsMyHat Fri 28-Feb-14 10:23:24
Floisme Fri 28-Feb-14 11:26:13

I've lived in them all winter. I'm quite short and I like them just below the knee - I just wear them high on my waist to get the length I want. I started off with a £20 Top Shop one (sorry, can't do links at the moment) which looked great at first but is now very bobbly and saggy. I also bought the £55 Whistles one, mentioned above which has been worn to death and still looks good. I would say, if you're not sure, try a cheaper one first, as long as it's double layered (unless you're super thin - the single layer ones are pitiless). But if you're going to wear it a lot, I think it's worth spending more.

OuterFromOutersville Fri 28-Feb-14 11:33:25

Can anyone link to any nice maxi tube skirts? No splits, maybe grey or black?

bunnymother Fri 28-Feb-14 12:05:33

The Whistles one is double thickness, which is necessary for my wobbly bits, I think. Me+Em do one, as do Hush, but Whistles do both long and short ones.

Goodness, good luck with the bear legs - must be hard to style grin

Mrs4561 Fri 28-Feb-14 12:05:48

Sorry just to jump in with no answers, but how do you wear them? What with I mean? I want to try wear something different from the skinnies I live in.

bunnymother Fri 28-Feb-14 12:07:24

To be more helpful, the Me+Em ruched dress I have does ride up a little with tights, and I imagine the only way to avoid that is to wear a slip? Which I doubt anyone would do, so maybe don't start w one that is as short as you can go, as it will ride up, and you will need to pull it down? Thats been my experience w the skirt part of the Me+Em dress, which I wore w opaques, anyway.

bunnymother Fri 28-Feb-14 12:08:51

Given that a tube skirt tends to be tight / fitted, would't you wear it w a roomy top or shirt? Or a shirt w a round jumper over the top, with opaques and ankle boots? I just think that the proportions that would work best are a roomy / loose top to counter balance the tight bottom?

bunnymother Fri 28-Feb-14 12:09:36

Here's a thought - how about you wear the same stuff on top that you would wear w black skinnies?

WhereIsMyHat Fri 28-Feb-14 12:13:41

Yes, I agree with bunny other about wearing a looser top to even it out a little.

Today I am wearing high denier black tights, a grey skirt, black top with a slouchy and bum covering cardigan. I think shoes need to be kept casual if you're wanting to achieve a casual look as these skirts can easily look very 'night out'. I'm wearing ankle boots, desert boot type ones.

Mrs4561 Fri 28-Feb-14 12:14:01

That's a good idea. I seem to recall seeing some at H&M, think il start cheap to see if I actually wear it.

Mrs4561 Fri 28-Feb-14 12:15:42

How about a slouchy knitted jumper? And yy to keeping it casual, I think that's why I always wear jeans, the safe option for not looking overdressed!

RiojaHaze Fri 28-Feb-14 12:27:01

Today I'm at work so I've got a just under knee length plain one with ballet pumps, a loose collarless shirt and a big scarf.

Out of work I'd wear a long sleeved t-shirt with it - not fitted but not overly loose or a casual vest and cardigan with ankle boots.

Also wear them with my converse.

Floisme Fri 28-Feb-14 13:09:08

How did I manage to leave out the Me&Em one! I know it's expensive but, whenever I wear it, I feel fabulous.

I normally wear them with a slouchy, V-neck jumper but other times, it might be with something more fitted e.g. a buttoned up cardigan. I do keep the shoes fairly relaxed e.g. biker or ankle boots - always flat but I don't wear heels anyway.

I find them much easier to wear than skinnies because, although they're so fitted, they're easier on my thighs for some reason. (The shorter ones probably wouldn't be but I only wear them below the knee.) In fact they have made me realise how bad I look in skinnies but that's another thread entirely.

Doodleoinkquack Fri 28-Feb-14 13:23:49

I am intrigued, I've only just got my head around the fact that skinnies can look ok on me (5'2, size 6-8 top, size 10 arse, wide hips), are these really flattering?

I'm looking for some new skirts/trousers that are not skinnies. If I'm confronted with a view of a backside the size of China in the changing room mirror, I'm blaming MN for the trauma caused. Surely they showcase every bulge and produce an arse overhang?

Floisme Fri 28-Feb-14 13:40:53

Doodleoinkquack, make sure you try one that's double thickness. The single layer ones show off bulges you didn't even know you had but the double ones just suck you in somehow. The Whistles and Me&Em ones are particularly good for that (although so they should be, for the price). Also longer looks better on me than short - but not calf length, I just hoik it up till it's just below the knee.

I'm a similar size to you: 5'3, 8-10, pear-shape-but-not-far-off-hourglass and I swear they look way better on me than skinnies. Of course I may be deluding myself but, right now, I don't care grin

bettykt Fri 28-Feb-14 14:45:02

Not normally a big fan of cheap clothing but I bought this one to test it out and it's great, I ruch (sp) it up a bit, mid thigh, wear leggings underneath and a jumper on top and with a pair of black Ask Jalouse boots. It looks great, think i'm going to go back for a black one.

Gillybobs Fri 28-Feb-14 15:53:17

The baukjen karlie skirt is fab too, nice length and ruched at the side so forgiving on my rather imperfect shape . There's a 20pc off code just now, work24 I think?

WhereIsMyHat Fri 28-Feb-14 15:56:28

Bettykt what is the size like on the skirt you linked to? Would you suggest sizing up?

VelvetDuvet Fri 28-Feb-14 15:58:05

this is the Matalan I mentioned up-thread. Same one as bettykit but a longer length. I'm tempted to buy another, so might go for the shorter version too.

I've got three of the Whistles ones and think they are amazing. Two of them I managed to get reductions on in sales, but even the full price one has more than paid for itself.

For maxis, the best I've found so far have been in Topshop.

KosherBacon Fri 28-Feb-14 20:57:37

I am so confused. I have never tried one on before as I assume that they will just look hideous on my chunky thighs. I have a 12 waist but size 14 thighs and just assumed that they will make me look awful, but I see some of you hourglass/ pears like them.

CointreauVersial Fri 28-Feb-14 22:26:07

I have a few of these, and I'm hooked! The nicest ones are made from a thick stretchy neoprene-like material, which holds everything in and hides lumps and bumps. I have one from Asda shock in a dark green palm print, one from Zara with a black and pink rose print, and a plain black one from M&S. I don't have any ruched ones.

They are all just below the knee. I find them really easy to wear, and very flattering.

bettykt Sat 01-Mar-14 08:58:27

whereis yes I did size up as they didn't have my normal size, it's fine, a little baggy on the stomach area but fine elsewhere. I'm going to try and buy the black one in my normal size to see if there's any difference.

LordPalmerston Sat 01-Mar-14 11:34:50

I have a Zara one. Wear with opaques. Heeled ankle boots. White shirt under a Zara oversize boxy knit

XiCi Sat 01-Mar-14 12:49:15

I really like the look of them but surely unless you have a completely washboard stomach these will just accentuate even the smallest of bumps. I can't imagine they are very flattering to curves.

LordPalmerston Sat 01-Mar-14 12:58:19

mine has twenty thrillion percent lycra in it

LordPalmerston Sat 01-Mar-14 12:59:14

I wear mine with opaques, heeled ankle boots or flat Chelsea boots and fairly fitted jumpers but in a size bigger than usual. This works better for me than really baggy jumpers. Or I wear with a belly covering top and a jacket for work. In the summer, I wore them with bare legs and Converse and a cami plus unbuttoned denim shirt.

movingmovingmoving Wed 05-Mar-14 22:42:18

Thanks for all the info - to update, I went and tried a few black versions on, I definitely like the idea but decided that because I would really only wear with opaques, it probably wouldn't be a good springtime purchase for me. Will keep in the back of my mind for autumn though, along with some new chunky knits to wear with them (starting shopping list for next year already!)

QueenQueenie Wed 05-Mar-14 23:01:12

I have the whistles long one in navy which is very useful...this one and also have this variation on a theme... baujken which is longer and nicer than it looks in the pic and strangely flattering.

noddyholder Wed 05-Mar-14 23:11:16

Basic thick Lycra tube I have one which is past knee shin length and I sometimes pull it up like a tube dress and wear a jumper over it. The link lord put is very much how i wear it easy butvstill looks stylish. H and m had some

Floisme Thu 06-Mar-14 10:23:45

QueenQueenie I've just bought the Whistles navy one too - much better colour than the black version, at least it is for me. (Slightly miffed that I've missed out on the Grazia offer but never mind!) I've also looked at that Baukjen one a few times but had decided it was too short so I'm intrigued that you say it's longer than it looks - any chance it might be knee length on someone who's 5'3"? Thanks!

QueenQueenie Thu 06-Mar-14 13:10:26

It would be below knee length imo. But the joy of it is you can ruch it shorter to the desired length. It is suprisingly good. I wear mine on the knee usually. I'm 5'5".

Floisme Thu 06-Mar-14 13:20:20

Thanks, QueenQueenie. I like them just below the knee so that might work. smile

Gillybobs Thu 06-Mar-14 13:23:07

Im 5 7 and the Baukjen can be knee length on me easily, loads of fabric in it

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 06-Mar-14 14:24:14

Baukjen one is quite long and I'm 5'6". I just got it, it's very flattering and think it will be nice with tights and boots or bare legs for summer.

I bought the Whistles one in navy too, it's very thick and skims over lumps and bumps.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 06-Mar-14 14:55:58

So any views on age-appropriateness? I'm 50 and am realising I need to avoid the dreaded hatchet face/trendy clothing combo.
Figure-wise, those skirts look perfect for me - and, as others have said, I'm sick of feeling like an idiot in skinny jeans.
< Hopeful >

Floisme Thu 06-Mar-14 15:06:56

Shotgun I am 57 and I think they are totally age appropriate - especially the ruched ones - because they cover you up, suck you in and camouflage all your lumps and bumps.
Mind you, I would also argue that hatchet-faced women are as entitled as anyone else to wear trendy clothing grin

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 06-Mar-14 17:14:22

Bless you Flo. I tend to share that view, but it's been shaken a bit recently as I've gone back to student life and am surrounded by late teens/20 year olds.

Anyway, credit card shall be duly flexed - yolo grin.

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