6 Outfits That Make This Simple Summer Item Look So Much More Expensive


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I know I shouldn't speak for everyone, but I feel confident in saying that many of us take our tank tops for granted. In truth, this nifty basic is one of the most versatile items you'll find in a wardrobe. Yet I'm sure we're all guilty of treating it as a mere extra layer to hide under knitwear and sheer blouses. Most of us own one, but few consider it a piece worth shouting about.

That's all changed in 2023; the tank top has finally been granted its moment in the spotlight. Now, it's hard to scroll through Instagram without spotting a polished tank top outfit—whether it's styled with classic blue jeans, a midi skirt or tailored trousers. The options are endless. You can pick this essential up for under £10 on the high street (though you might decide to invest in a premium iteration), but paired with the right pieces, it can look so much more expensive.

Don't just take my word for it. Below, I've collated six incredibly chic outfits featuring the humble tank top. With summer just around the corner, these easy throw-on looks are just what you need to enter the new season in style. Enjoy!

1. White Shirt + Pencil Skirt + Mules


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Style Notes: For top-tier tank inspiration, all you need to do is check out Sylvie's page. Here, she styles the staple with a sophisticated pencil skirt, a relaxed shirt and mules. So elegant.

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2. Indigo Jeans + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: Dark denim looks more expensive than lighter washes, in my opinion. Pair it with a white tank top and ballet flats for a summer afternoon.

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3. Shirt-and-Short Set + Woven Bag


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Style Notes: Matching shirt-and-short sets are a key buy for summer 2023. When you're not wearing yours over a bikini on the beach, try layering an easy tank top underneath.

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4. Bomber Jacket + Wide-Leg Trousers + Trainers


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Style Notes: Tank tops and wide-leg trousers might just be my favourite combination on this list, and one you can carry with you through the seasons. Wear it sans jacket on warmer days, then chuck on a bomber when the temperature drops.

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5. Slip Skirt + Court Shoes


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Style Notes: Going out-out? Slip on a slinky midi skirt and some pretty pink pumps to give your tank top an evening overhaul.

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6. Blazer + Slim-Fit Jeans + White Trainers


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Style Notes: When you're feeling uninspired, this is a formula you can pull out of your wardrobe and look chic every time. Opt for a camel blazer, blue jeans and white trainers to keep the palette classic.

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Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.