In Search of The Perfect Tank

 

This quest all started when my friend Holly asked me to find her one. So I immediately got on it for all of us because they’re easy, great if you like showing off your arms, and if you don’t, they’re still just right for the beach and under everything from button-downs, sheer tops and sweaters the rest of the year. You can even layer two of them like I did in the ’90s. I personally don’t care if my bra shows (unless the situation calls for something more polished), but I have also included many that hide the straps. I’ve been eyeing the fabulous old-school scaled down man-style tank from Imogene + Willie (or singlet as the Brits say). It’s got that sexy front side scoop without the gape at the armpit (makes smaller shoulders look stronger) and has the ideal neckline. 

 

Here’s a good retro army style that also has that good side scoop.

If muscle tees are more your thing, this loose gunmetal one is pretty great (and comes in a few more shades).

H&M’s classic ribbed number is on the longer side so you can have it peeking out from something a bit shorter. Or you might be able to get away with it as a mini cover-up at the beach.

Banana Republic’s fitted Essential Layering Camisole comes in an array of shades including a few nudes to match different skin colors, and makes the perfect piece under a sheer top.

Re/Done’s military green version has nice skinny straps — I would do a bright bra underneath and let it show, and pair it with some good army pants.

 

This pink shade is fun with army pants and jeans, and it’s also got a cool sexy shape.

Here’s another chic muscle tee from Nili Lotan to wear with white jeans (these are really good) or nice trousers.

 

Hanro’s snug tank has a good wide scoop neck and works well as an underpinning or leotard style with a wrap skirt.

This $12.99 blue linen version would complete a nice monochromatic look with jeans. (mine is on its way!)

 

Leave it to Etsy star Rawson Studio to have the ideal vintage tank with wide enough straps to hide your bra.Madewell’s V-neck has a little pocket and is the exact right heather gray.

 

And here’s another slightly loose bra-friendly one from Rag & Bone.

 

 

 

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19 Comments

  1. I just received Duluth Trading’s No Yank Tank….worth a look…$16 each…very comfortable and they’re long enough with good stretch….

  2. I have a vintage denim a line skirt with a high waist that I cannot figure how to wear without looking dowdy…I think that blue linen tank will do the trick?
    Just ordered some Swedish husbands in natural that will go.
    I’ve been doing some pandemic online shopping. We’re still shut in so its the best therapy I have right now!

  3. Great choices! I don’t know if I should be proud or embarrassed that I own 4 of these already, the Imogene and Willie, (very sturdy and quite honestly could be two inches longer; t’s 24″ shoulder to hem for all you who are wondering), a vintage perfection Rawson tee, and my new favorite, the Nili Lotan muscle tee. I literally had two Hanro’s I bought in college and had for over 20 years, that mercerized German cotton is no joke. really I don’t need another premium priced tee shirt, but the ReDone one is calling to me, so sweetly!

  4. That Imogene and Willie one is so good…fabric is a bit heavier and agree could be longer. I have it in indigo. Putting a good word in for the Everlane ribbed tank…very soft and perfect for day wear or sleeping. Thanks Andrea…IWTBH is always a bright spot in my inbox!

  5. I love white tees and tanks but how do you keep them clean?? I’m talking to those of you who have had yours for years? I always have a yellow rim at the neckline from my sunscreen and I can’t seem to get it out. Laundry tips for white tees?

    1. Stain removal is my love language. I should’ve been a CSI. Launder your white cottons in a mix of Snowy Bleach Powder or Zout + dishwashing powder (like Calgonite or Cascade Complete). Half cup each in a soak cycle or in a bucket. I often pre-treat with hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. Experiment before committing to a whole load of shirts. Once they’re spic n span,keep them bright with a diluted cap of Mrs Stewart’s Bluing.Good luck!

    2. Stain removal is my love language. I should’ve been a CSI. Launder your white cottons in a mix of Snowy Bleach Powder or Zout + dishwashing powder (like Calgonite or Cascade Complete). Half cup each in a soak cycle or in a bucket. I often pre-treat with hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. Experiment before committing to a whole load of shirts. Once they’re spic n span,keep them bright with a diluted cap of Mrs Stewart’s Bluing. Good luck!

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