The Fashion Memo

How To Style The Runway-Approved Tank Top

A classic tank has become a closet staple. Here, GEORGIE LUCAS rounds up the pieces to wear now, plus expert tips on how to style them


A ’90s mood

All things ’90s are back on the style agenda, and one of the decade’s favorite duos – the tank and denim skirt – is given a slick refresh via the brands that excel at elevated basics. ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo creates perfect staples, and the New York-based designer’s stretch modal tank is both flattering and comfortable – wear with Khaite’s denim midi skirt. Keep accessories understated with a classic leather belt by The Row and Ganni’s chunky leather sandals.

With wide-leg jeans

Australian brand Matteau has a knack of creating eminently wearable closet staples, and this classic tank is a sleek example. Made from soft ribbed viscose in an elegant ecru hue, it’s the sort of piece you’ll wear on repeat; plus, it’s part of our NET SUSTAIN edit of more consciously crafted pieces. For a classic off-duty look, wear with jeans: wide-leg cuts are the silhouette of the season, evoking a vintage ’70s mood – see Nili Lotan’s ‘Megan’ distressed high-rise pair. Add pared-back leather sandals, such as Isabel Marant’s ‘Jools’ design, and Bottega Veneta’s compact intrecciato leather tote. You can instantly smarten the ensemble by adding an oversized blazer.

Tank and tailoring

A tank top’s appeal needn’t be reserved for off-duty occasions: Chloé’s soft wool version is a dream partner for tailoring. Monochrome always looks chic, so wear with classic black pants – Italian label Blazé Milano’s ‘Banker’ pair is cut in a sleek satin, which will look polished for workdays and evening events. Layer with a crisp shirt like Frame’s striped cotton-blend style to give the look a louche elegance and a touch of color. Finish with an elegant shoulder bag, such as Savette’s ‘Tondo’ style in vibrant red.

Utility style

Tanks cut to a racer silhouette have a utilitarian appeal, so it makes sense to pair them with pieces that evoke a similar mood. For effortless off-duty style, LA native Goldsign’s high-neck version is a smart pick, and the figure-skimming silhouette in army green makes the perfect partner for Agolde’s cotton-poplin cargo pants. The brands – both California natives – are adept at crafting modern, easy-to-wear basics. Contrast the contemporary styles with smart accessories – The Row’s glossy leather ‘Ginza’ sandals look effortlessly chic, while Roxanne Assoulin’s gold-tone crystal rings add a touch of polish.

Paired with print

On vacation, or for laid-back weekends, a fresh white tank is a cleansing antidote to bold printed pieces. This cotton design is crafted by Loulou Studio, the brainchild of Parisian influencer Chloé Harrouche, and is part of our NET SUSTAIN edit of more consciously crafted pieces; wear with Zimmermann’s silk wide-leg pants, which are printed with colorful paisley patchwork and floral motifs. Sleek accessories work as well beachside as they do for city breaks, so finish the look with Saint Laurent’s ‘Rive Gauche’ embroidered crocheted raffia tote and a pair of tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses by Le Specs.


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