I normally use tank tops as an “under” layer, under cardigans mostly, but this Summer, I’m throwing caution to the wind and wearing them as tops (it’s hot, okay?). I have SO MANY tank tops in my wardrobe it’s not even funny, but I really only wear one: my gray heathered Vince favorite tank (link goes to the blueberry heather, on sale now – seen on me here).
I’m rather picky about tanks. I don’t like my white Splendid 1×1 tank ($40) because it looks too much like a men’s tank in my opinion; the neckline is too high and the shoulder straps are a bit too thick. I still layer it, but I don’t wear it alone. The James Perse tank top I wore in Tuesday’s outfit I love, but it’s VERY long, and already has a hole in it (I got it via Gilt a while ago, and saw the hole after wearing & washing it ONCE! It’s very thin), and it’s racer-back, so I don’t wear it very often. I have several of the Splendid layers tanks & camis that I also don’t wear because they’re a bit tight, and long. The camisole is my favorite style of tank because I think it’s the most flattering, but they’re impossible to wear a bra with. Which is also why I LOVE my Park Vogel built-in-bra cami tanks, and this tank by SOLOW (which I only wear to Pure Barre), but I rarely wear them out in public.
I’ve also tried Gap tanks, Madewell, Target…and there’s always just something “off” about the fit. So far, I’m happiest with my Vince Favorite tank (the ribbed cotton/modal version); it’s the softest, covers my bra straps, fits well (I might be happier a size down, but I’m okay with the size I got), and has held up well to washing. Val & I had a discussion sometime ago on what a tank top is worth, and while I agree with her that $40+ is a bit much for one tank top of many and maybe one tank top you don’t wear very often, if it is THE tank top, or the ONLY tank top, AND if you can afford it, $40+ is okay in my opinion. But not when you can get them on sale 😉
Vince Striped tank (heather/white sizes L & M) at Saks – $26.10
Vince Favorite tank in Cantaloupe (XSML only) – $28.80
Vince striped tank (heather/navy, heather/white both size L) – $40.60
Vince heathered tank (heather blueberry and heather white, both size L) – $33.60
Vince Favorite Tank (apricot & Blue sky, both size L) – $33.60
Do you have a favorite tank top? What is it? What do you like or dislike about certain tank tops?