I'm a Stylist—My Wardrobe Wouldn't Function Without This Simple Piece

The terms "fashion basic" and "style staple" get bandied about a lot, but they're not always the clearest or most objective. After all, an essential for one person may be a luxury for another. But in my experience, very few people can argue with the fact that tank tops (vests, to us Brits) remain a core part of our wardrobes all year round, particularly during the colder months. An extra layer is never a bad thing, and a good vest doesn't interfere with the pieces worn over the top. Whether you prefer to dress yours up with smart, tailored trousers and a blazer, or if you just throw it on with jeans, the tank top is one item of clothing that you're sure to get plenty of wear out of, whatever the season.


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Whilst we don't want to mess with the classics too much (you really can't go wrong with a white tank top, after all), I've really noticed that the tank-top offering right now feels more eclectic than ever, so you can really pick and choose according to your tastes and wardrobe requirements. Personally, I've been enjoying the crinkle-effect tops—as seen within the textured styles that you can shop below—as they offer a slightly more elevated spin on the classic tank and look just as good tucked into jeans as they do with matching trousers and strappy heels.


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A colourful iteration is also an excellent feel-good option and ideal for anyone who doesn't buy into the neutral aesthetic which has dominated over the last few years. If your palette could use a lift, & Other Stories has a selection of elegant tank tops with playful shades and ribbed fabrics. Arket is another high-street brand with a strong selection of styles; this textured style in particular has caught my eye.

I couldn't let you scroll on, however, without highlighting my personal favourite if you're looking for an affordable, covers-all-bases style: H&M's Ribbed Vest Top (£7). It comes in six shades, a range of sizes (from XXS to 4XL) and is made from a thick, sturdy cotton. I'm not the only one who loves it, though, and it repeatedly sells out, so much so that it's become like gold dust to get hold of.

If you're in the market for a classic tank top to bring out week after week, month after month, and, yes, year after year, scroll down to see the best tank tops on the market.


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Danielle Oreoluwa Jinadu shows us how to transition across the seasons in style with her slouchy tank, pulled together with a lived-in leather jacket thrown over her shoulder.


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Proof that a vest-top-and-jeans outfit will always serve you well, Marina Torres adds personality to the pairing with some fiery red ballet flats.


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This taupe shade worn by Hannah Lewis looks great with the Toteme monogram trousers for a relaxed and hushed look.


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Lorna Humphrey showcases how to do subtle branding with her logo tank. You can shop the Loewe Anagram Tank Top (£325) below.

Shop the Best Tank Tops:

1. Classic Racerback

2. Colourful

3. Textured

4. Knitted

5. Interesting Neckline