Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: The Tank Top

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The tank top is as essential as the T-shirt, but lighter, airier, and even more conducive to layering. Stock up on ribbed tank tops in every color when you find a great deal on them. They are great layering pieces under cardigans and jackets, or worn on their own during the summer. J. Crew, the GAP, Loft, and Target all make great ribbed tank tops. For something with more fashion flair, you may have to go more upscale. Here, my picks for tank tops by body type:

Style Dial #1 (proportional): V-Neck Tank Tops

Choose a fitted tank top in a v-neck style or with vertical detail.

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Tank tops, from top right, by American Eagle, Tibi, Intermix and Alexander Wang.

 

 

Style Dial #2 (more shape in hips and thighs, narrow shoulders): Scoop Neck Tank Tops

Choose tank tops with scoops or horizontal necklines and straight hems, like the ones shown here.

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Tank tops, from top right, are from Giorgio Armani, Zimmerman, American Vintage and Michael Stars.

Style Dial #3 (straight figures): V-Neck Tank Tops

Look for v-neck styles that have interest at the hem to define the hips, and ruching to highlight the waist.

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Tank tops, from top right, by Calypso, Splendid, Patty Women and Veronica Beard.

 

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