The noodle strap top is a wardrobe staple
Noodle strap or “spaghetti” strap tops are a fashion must-have, as they can be worn with any outfit, and are comfortable to wear. Usually made from cotton or lycra, these tops have been flying off shelves worldwide and are preferred by women of all shapes; they can easily be worn with western as well as ethnic clothes. Actress and cricket commentator, Mandira Bedi, caused quite a stir when she elected to wear noodle strap blouses with her sarees, thus setting off a trend among fashion conscious women who quickly adapted to the look. In context with international fashion, the noodle strap has always been present, and has been modified to suit a variety of fashion sub-genres.
As inner wear, the noodle strap top is ideal for women who enjoy wearing sheer or lace clothing. Since the top covers the bust area as well as the midriff, it is great as an inner garment under a lace or see-through top. Some looks involve wearing a stole, shrug or short jacket, and here too, the noodle strap top serves as a good addition to the look. One has the choice of wearing a solid color or one, which has patterns and embellishments to jazz up the look, or to keep it classy and neutral.
For ethnic clothing such as sarees, lehengas, and salwar-kameez, the noodle strap top comes in handy as both outerwear as well as innerwear. For fans of the Mandira Bedi look, one has the option of purchasing noodle strap blouses, which are delicate, and available at most ethnic wear stores; the thickness of the straps can always be customized for comfort. Noodle strap tops, which end below the bust line, are popular with those who enjoy the convenience of slipping on a comfortable, stretchable top over a blouse. Those who like sheer fabrics find it convenient to slip on a noodle strap top under their salwars; those who wear light colors find it especially beneficial.
On the western wear front, noodle strap tops equal comfort wear, but can also be a part of a classy fashionable ensemble. They are commonly paired with pants, skirts, and shorts, and it is also not uncommon to find them paired with yoga pants, since their high comfort factor makes them ideal for physical activity. The style factor can easily be elevated with the help of accessories such as a scarf or a pendant necklace; the exposed neckline of the top provides a good base for statement jewelry.
For those who want to channel a classic noodle strap top look, simply pair the top with your favorite pair or bottoms, i.e. pants, skirts, shorts, or even a saree or lehenga. Flaunt your arms and neckline or drape a matching stole or dupatta around them. For generously proportioned women who are hesitant about whether noodle straps will work for them, worry not, and simply choose a thicker noodle strap! Complete the look with your favorite pair of sandals [or heels if you prefer a glamorous look] and add in your favorite piece of statement jewelry, thus creating a comfortable, fashion forward look.
There are so many options for a noodle strap top to be worn, and it is a matter of individual comfort to select one [or many], which is comfortable and suitable for your purpose. Fashion stylists recommend buying at least 3 basic colors; namely, black, white and skin tone, and to also keep some patterned versions handy in order to quickly slip on for parties. Lycra is more body hugging than cotton, while cotton is better for those who live in hot or humid conditions since it allows the skin to breathe freely. Therefore, choose wisely and be sure to add this versatile garment to your wardrobe!