It’s officially September now, which means it’s time to reflect on how we spent the dog days of summer. Did you have a good summer? Did you make boozy popsicles? Did you smile broadly while wearing a sunhat the size of a Mini Cooper? If so, good work! Want to know what I did this summer? I saw a lot of men wearing tank tops and I had complicated feelings about it.
Seriously though, I think 2012 will go down in history as the Summer Of Men’s Tank Tops (SOMTT for short). I mean, men have always worn tank tops, but this year the trend really caught on, and suddenly sleeveless shirts became a totally legitimate clothing option for regular dudes, not just mega hipsters and Nickelback fans… Keep reading »
Despite my best efforts, I must own up to the fact that all I really want to wear is black jeans and loose white tank tops. You’ve witnessed my attempted (read: failed) Style Resolution and my awkwardly-posed photos in short floral skirts that just aren’t me. I’ve pretty much got a uniform, and instead of forcing myself into clothes outside of my comfort zone, isn’t there a way for me to keep things fresh while staying true to my grungy, casual roots? This is where these 10 not-so-plain white tank tops come in. Sure, they’re just… well, they’re just plain white tank tops, but their luxurious fabrics and soft, drapey fits make them the perfect layering piece (or centerpiece!) for any outfit. I’ll be pairing them with a statement necklace and a blazer or cardigan when temperatures drop.
We’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for the Christmas release date of the latest movie incarnation of “The Great Gatsby” ever since we saw the amazing trailer (seriously, could time move any slower?!). In the meantime, we’re going to show our Gatsby street cred with this amazing tank top, which should instantly make us the coolest attendee of any and all summer parties. Pair it with cute cutoffs, embellished sandals, and do The Charleston like nobody’s watching. [$31, Skreened]
Rising temperatures call for clothing as minimal as possible while still remaining (mostly) decent for public viewing. Don’t get me wrong — I will never forsake my overflowing collection of loose, well-worn tanks — but sometimes a sheer top with a hole here and there just doesn’t cut it. Like, not even close. When these situations arise, and on the hottest days when exposed arms and shoulders are still a non-negotiable, I turn to sleeveless tops that are a step up from my usual un-fancy fare. Here’s my roundup of ten tank tops that are just dressy enough to wear to work or play, but won’t break your bank account should they be compromised by a couple of sweat (or Popsicle) stains.
I am not graceful during the summer. Really, is it reasonable for anyone to expect to look like anything but a mess when it’s 90 degrees and it feels as though the world is going to melt? Probably not. But certain occasions do warrant looking more put-together. On those days, I thank the sweet gods of practical fashion for bringing me Anthropologie’s reversible, seamless tank. This top comes in seven colors, camouflages moisture spots, and never loses its shape, regardless of how much you
sweat like a pig glisten in it. Add to that the pretty reasonable price, and it’s an obvious addition to your summer wardrobe. I started out with one and quickly grabbed four more, pretty much forsaking all other shirts on really hot days. Go casual with shorts, or dress it up with a high-waisted circle skirt, our favorite breeze-inducing shape for the season. [$24, Anthropologie] Keep reading »
Here’s something a bit shameful—come spring and summertime, there are usually a couple items in our closet that we just, um, don’t wash too much. You know, the comfy shorts you pull on to run to the grocery store, the tank you wear as a beach cover-up that gets re-used later in the day. (Please tell us this happens to you, too; otherwise, we just admitted to being nasty slobs.) Enza Costa’s loose tank is one of those items that would never (or rarely) make its way to the laundry pile. One reason would be that it looks perfectly sexy-comfy with sandals and cut-offs. Another reason might be that its heather gray hue does a good job of hiding the dirt. The smell, however, is a different matter.
Who doesn’t love a good pocket? It’s especially satisfying to find them in unexpected places like on the pointed corner of this summery Urban Outfitters tank top. A racerback and asymmetrical hem add to the edginess of this shirt, which would go great with some black skinny jeans, alone as a beach cover-up, or a dress for those with pockets full of confidence. [$38, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
How long has it been since it was cool enough for you to wear pants? Far too long, in our opinion. This hat-wearing gal, with her tank and skinny jeans, makes us yearn for sunny days that aren’t at all humid, when pants can be worn without sticking uncomfortably to the legs. Autumn rocks. [Trender Bender] Keep reading »
A couple weeks ago we did a post on this awesome, but expensive tank-top/garter combo from Kiki De Montparnasse — because the tank was the kind with the ribbing, I used what I thought was the most common term for the tank itself. A wife beater. Last night, I got an email from a reader which read:
There is absolutely no reason for a website for ladies to be using “wife beater” as fun slang! Ladies in the know also call them boy beaters — I don’t appreciate that either but take note of the language you use and accept. It influences our culture!
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