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How to wear a tube dress (aka Mrs Woog dials a stylist)

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, How to 121 Comments

There I was driving home from an appointment, thinking about what I’d like to make for lunch when the phone rings.

Oh goody, I thought. I’m in Mr Styling You’s car and he has that fancy schmancy bluetooth thing, I can actually answer the call and feel all super exec like.

In the background I can hear a bit of noise. The beep of the register scanner. The kind of noise that sounds like therapy. Retail therapy. Music to my ears, really.

Then I hear the dulcet tones of Mrs Woog. She’s talking to me in the animated style that I clearly recognise. It’s the animated voice that comes off the back of a solid retail fix. The discovery of a piece of clothing that you didn’t realise you had to have until you had it.

For Mrs Woog it was this dress from Seed. Seed calls it the Tube Maxi Dress. Mrs Woog wasn’t having a bar of such mundane labelling, promptly christening it The Condom Dress and going into a mild panic as to what to actually wear with said Condom Dress she had to have. And buy for her sister and her mum.

As I pondered her dilemma and wondered whether owning a Condom Dress makes you the ultimate Safety Girl, I arrived home to this email in my inbox:

Here is the Condom Dress.  I cannot wear with with just a jacket because of my g*nt. I tried it on with drapey t-shirts etc so you could see the layering. It is pretty tight around my ass as well, but comfy as and smooths out the lumps. Could you tell me how to wear it for these three occasions: out getting sozzled with my mates at a wine bar; having a sensible lunch with the in-laws; the casual pick it up off the floor for the school run? (You can read her interpretation of the morning’s events here)

Before I get down to the nitty gritty and prettiness of these three outfits, let’s touch briefly on the wonderment of this piece as a wardrobe staple.

1. It’s black. It goes with everything.

2. It’s trans-seasonal. Read, cost-per-wear it will be down to about 50cents by the time winter arrives.

3. It’s a key layering piece. Layering is the secret to a happy and diverse wardrobe that you love and one that loves you back.

4. It’s a tube – and you want it to be a tube. You want to create a tube or a column in yourself with this piece, so that you are stretched and elongated. A look I’m particularly fond of at all times.

5. It will not require any association with an iron. No more to say here really.

6. Think of it as a fun alternative to leggings or skinny jeans and style for yourself accordingly.

Without further ado, let’s unveil the looks.

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Out getting sozzled with your mates

tube dress outfit - dressed up

1. Seed tube maxi dress $49.95 | 2. Seed tank $89.95 | 3. Seed jacket $159.95 | 4. Peter Lang ring $80 | 5. Samantha Wills earrings $110 | 6. Nine West ballets $149

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Having a sensible lunch with the in-laws

outfit: out to lunch with the inlaws

1. Seed tube maxi dress $49.95 | 2. Virtu blouse $79.95 | 3. Mimco Snake Charmer ring $79.95 | 4. Witchery cardi $139.95 | 5. Sambag ballets $175

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Pick off the floor for the school run

outfit: school drop off

 1. Seed tube maxi dress $49.95 | 2. Sara Tunic $59.95 | 3. Seed cardi $149.95 | 4. Uberkate Ubercircles $625 | 5. Seed loafer $69.95

Bet you never knew you needed a tube dress in your wardrobe did you? Which of these outfits do you like best? Can you tell I’m a BIG fan of the draped cardi or jacket?

UPDATE: It seems you’re all going bananas for this dress from Seed. If you do buy one (and I know some of you already have) could you please post a photo of yourself wearing it on the Styling You Facebook page or Mrs Woog’s Facebook page? You can find more details about this here.

FURTHER UPDATE: The gallery of photos showing more than 30 different looks on so many different women is now up. Check it out and email me ([email protected]) if you have a photo to add.

Comments 121

  1. Nikki, this is really inspirational!!! Can you do more pick off the floor for the school run fashions! I love these outfits! 

  2. Great post Nikki!  I just bought THE dress and a Sara tunic top to go with it because of you!   I bought a similar  (slightly shorter) dress over Summer and wore it with a drapey metalicus cardi- it was my favourite outfit.  I love the idea of a longer one for Autumn/Winter.
    Good luck finding another essential we can all get on board with.  I think Seed need to hire you!!

  3. Wonderful….love this post!

    I’ve bitten the bullet and bought one.

    Me?  in a maxi dress?

    You sold me on the idea with seeing it as a layering piece, rather than a stand alone number (God forbid if I do that to the world!)

    So…here goes…waiting for the post to arrive!

    Such a brilliant idea for a post, BTW!

  4. If I had one of those I’d be calling it my Morticia Dress!  I think I’d prefer a shorter version for my own body type.

  5. Clearly I’m going to have to pop off to Seed to try one on – I’m still a little scared of the concept, and despite their size guide measurements I don’t think I’m going to get one to fit… my measurements are close but in ‘standard sizing’ (is there such a thing anymore?) I’m a 16-18 so I don’t think it’s going to work. 

  6. I wonder if I’ll be too late to get in on the condom dress action? But before I take the plunge I need some serious advice, considering I am vertically challenged. How does someone who is only 5 foot get away with wearing a maxi??? (A whole other challenge in itself is finding one that will fit!)

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  7. Darn it black is no longer available online as its not in the colour choice. Therefore what colour would you recommend next? Thinking Charcaol Marle

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  8. I was thinking the same: great outfit ideas, but half of DPCON attendees will be wearing them. Your next challenge, Nikki, may be to come up with a few options for the rest of us. (I will still be getting a condom dress for other things, but bearing in mind that I think most people will have one already over the DPCON weekend and will wear it better than me – being a shortarse – , I need a few choices for DPCON). Thanks in advance, lovely stylist.

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      Hopefully you’ll get inspiration from the other readers who will be posting their photos up next week, Bron. And the styling ideas would be similar to how we did your maxi skirt outfit from Sussan – it just has a dress underneath.

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  9. Nikki
    Surely there are more flattering styles that this? Something that glides over the body rather than clinging to it? Where the complementing pieces work with it – not where the complementing pieces work to hide what the dress doesnt seem to be able to disguise….please restore my faith in LBD….Val aggghhhhh

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      Hi Val, not sure you get the point of this dress – it’s a basic layering piece – not meant to be a stand-alone dress. It’s a base layer for a relaxed autumn outfit. The complementing pieces can work brilliantly – much like they do for me when wearing skinny leg jeans or leggings.

  10. Thanks Nikki, have just ordered one, I already have a lot of the accessories that y,ou have put with the dress, have just never really know how to wear them all!! Can’t wait for it to arrive 🙂

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  11. I’m wondering how long is the Seed Tube dress… I am 180cms tall and would be a M, would it be long enough?
    I love maxi dresses/skirts but I have this issue with a lot of them being too short…….

    Thanks!

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  12. is it heinous if I tell you I have about 5 black condom dresses of varying sleeve lengths and I just wear them on their own? Everytime Kookai has a winter sale, they sell tube dresses made of merino wool, thick enough to withstand shivery winds and hide a multitude of sins but not thick enough to wear on it’s own in winter. Condom dresses, I DO LOVE! I have a dove grey one too http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/429138_584544597910_212901377_32508715_877869011_n.jpg 🙂

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  13. Sorry Nikki I have another question, I am guessing this is something where you have to let go of creating a waistline if you’re going to be layering to hide the bumpage? I’m a shorty and an hourglass and I like my waist but I like comfort too.

    1. Oh Karen, I was just about to post something VERY similar!…..will await Nikki’s response to your post. (I’m a 5.1″ and an hourglass too)…..

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        Hi Traci – it’s still possible to create a waistline and layer. You can have your longer top over the dress but then create a waist shape using a fitted jacket. The jacket doesn’t have to be done up – just the way it is designed to tuck in at your waist will work. The other alternative is to wear a cardi done up and belt it at your waist. This look doesn’t work for me as I have a short waist but it might work for you.

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      Hi Karen – it’s still possible to create a waistline and layer. You can have your longer top over the dress but then create a waist shape using a fitted jacket. The jacket doesn’t have to be done up – just the way it is designed to tuck in at your waist will work. The other alternative is to wear a cardi done up and belt it at your waist. This look doesn’t work for me as I have a short waist but it might work for you.

      1. Aha got it – the points on the jacket or cardi create that waist illusion. You’re a gem Nikki, thinking about getting the charcoal marle version, will go a treat with my coral scarf.

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      Anything seamless – and if like me, you’re covering your lumps with layering, then that’s all you’ll need. If you’re revealing more of the dress, then some shapewear would probably be a good idea.

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      1. Do you know the wee expression: ‘The earth didn’t move but the condom broke.’ My intro to motherhood LOL… never used again… dress would just slip off like last condom did!!

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  14. These dresses are great whatever your size
    Bumpage get some good old gut busting undies or the whole suck in slip get creative with scarves / cardis / over tops and heels
    I have 2 tube dresses and I can be anything anytime !

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  15. Oh you too ladies are so funny! I bought two of these last week, the black one and the 3/4 length one with the slight sparkle through it. I was going to sport one at DPCON12, but now I fear that half the room will be wearing them!! Oh what to do! Quick Nikki find something else even better to send out to the masses before the end of the month! 🙂

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  16. oh crap! I had (have?) one of these dresses (i got it from a warehouse sale for like $15)… but then I moved to Darwin and had a HUGE chuck out and I think I threw it out – oh bugger! 🙁 Now I might just have to purchase one – how versatile!

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      1. Actually Nikki – I have a question on dressing for particular climates (either hot or cold). As i’ve just moved to Darwin from Melbourne/Geelong, I’ve had to adjust my wardrobe significantly…

        Any tips on dressing for work in particularly warm/cool climates – I’d love to see a post on that if you haven’t already!

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  17. Wow Nikki you have done it again. I just got home from carindale — need to go back ASAP. Thank you so much for your inspiring blog. So far this month I have bought brushes to do my make up (a first) using makeup (for everyday another first) and bb cream is my new best friend. Love your style. Thank you, thank you

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  18. Thanks Nikki! I have been looking everywhere for a dress like this, only haven’t been able to find one that I loved. Pray for me that there will be at least one left in my size when I venture out to get it!

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  19. Ok so now I have the condom dress, in the pink colour because I clearly don’t have enough pink (although maybe I should order the black?), how do I wear it with the pink. Which colours should I be looking to team it with?

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      You will look awesome in the persimmon! I’d work it back with neutrals – camel, white or black – so that it’s the statement feature of your outfit. Navy would also work a treat!

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  20. I’d like to see Mrs Woog model some of these outfits. Maybe a guest “Keep it Real” or “Model & Me” post. I’ve seen those Pantene shots, I know she would rock it!!

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  21. I am immediately going to Seed and purchasing all three items in look 1 – and possibly the cardi in look 3. LOVE these looks – and am pleased to see clothes for those of us with wobbly bits!

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  22. I wouldn’t normally DREAM of wearing a tube dress (or even a condom dress) but I can see that it’d be flattering with the right ‘top layers’ to cover my (many) lumpy bits!

    Love the Nine West Ballet Flats and am gonna check them out. I have lumpy things on the back of my heels (told you I had ‘many’) and rarely wear closed-in shoes for that reason, but the elasticised back would be good if they aren’t too firm!)

    Deb

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      Deb – you can so wear this – it’s all in the layering – and will be comfortable too. Good luck with the shoes – it’s a try-on thing with how comfy that heel elastic is. If these aren’t comfortable, try Bloch.

  23. LOVE THIS SO MUCH. What a thoughtful, mindful, creative, interesting way for bloggers to interact with a brand. You girls rock.

    Buying mine right now. XX

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  24. I love the tube dress. Agreeing with your comment that it is like skinny jeans – it is my skinny jean look for summer! The ones I have fall from my tummy and don’t cling too much to said * area, so I wear them with a blouse with a bit of shape or a semi fitted T shirt. Did the Seed website really crash…I might have to toddle over to my nearest DJs before they all disappear!

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  25. I love the condom dress. I discovered the joy of this little number last year when I was given a similar dress by my Besty as a gift.

    I also love that you and Mrs Woog have the power to crash the seed website!!

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  26. Planning a trip to Seed today, but not sure how I’ll get out of there without the dress + the tank + the jacket + the loafers + one of their lovely scarves (they do the accessories so well)…must remain focused!

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      1. Juts got back from a lunchtime shop at Seed.

        I tried on and purchased the condom dress, a white foil print tee, a charcoal lurex stripe top and a black knit collar cardi/jacket. I’m already for layering up, which should make the weather in Sydney warm for the next few weeks!

        The dress is like a VERY long tank top, such that the fabric is like heavy t-shirt material, and thankfully has not too much of the sticking to your lumps and bumps as a finer weave.

        Sorry to say I had to walk away from the sequin tank because of the dry-clean only tag ;(

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  27. Hi Nikki,
    Your blog is spamming my Google Reader! I keep getting loads of post headings repeating in my reeder (but without content). It did it again this morning. Cheers

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      Hi Dana
      I’m really sorry, I can assure you I’m not doing this on purpose. It’s been randomly doing this for about a month now – not every day – but randomly. I’m continuing to work on finding out what’s causing it so I can stop it. Please bear with me. I can assure you I’m not spamming you.
      Nikki

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  28. Oh no now I NEED one of those, man you’re an enabler Nikki! I would be worried about being too bumpage revealing, what do you think about going up a size to skim rather than cling?

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      Sorry about being an enabler 😉 Do try on on up a size – it’s meant to be a clingy garment so it still may be bumpage revealing – which is why what I’ve teamed it with above contrasts that to skim over the lumps and bumps.

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