From undershirt to it-piece: this year there is no way around the tank top. This is how fashion professionals style the must-have.
When Kaia Gerber (20) opened the Prada fashion show in February, a murmur went through the crowd. Not because Miuccia Prada (73) and Raf Simons (54) wrapped them in a particularly eye-catching creation. On the contrary: The model walked the catwalk in a simple, white tank top – and started a trend.
However, this is not new. Men wore tank tops under their clothes as early as the 1910s, as did Clark Gable (1901-1960) in the film “Adventures in the Yellow Sea” (1935). Later, fellow actors Marlon Brando (1924-2004) and James Dean (1931-1955) also flaunted their muscles in sleeveless shirts.
The tank top peaked in popularity – thanks to the up-and-coming hip-hop scene – in the 1990s and 2000s. At that time it also found its way into the women’s wardrobe. Kate Moss’ (48) campaign for Calvin Klein or Beyoncé’s (40) video for “Crazy In Love” remain unforgotten.
In the meantime, the tank top has even been tried and tested on the catwalk: in spring/summer 2022, Loewe gave it a modern upgrade with a logo application. In autumn/winter, Prada will also have an emblem on the chest. Chloé, Bottega Veneta and Acne Studios rely on more discreet variants with wide straps and a round neckline.
Fashionistas like Hailey Bieber (25) prove how versatile the tank top is. The model wears a cropped version with cargo pants. Bottoms made of jeans or leather achieve the same effect. Provided they are cut wide and contrast with the tight top.
Influencer Amy Julliette Lefévre has also opted for a crop top and stages this with a midi-length satin skirt. A look that works just as well during the day as it does in the evening.
On cooler evenings, the tank top and skirt are complemented by a leather jacket. Add heeled sandals and a handbag and you’re done Party outfit à la Pernille Teisbæk (37).
The tank top is made suitable for the office in combination with a suit and pumps. Creative director Funda Christopherson shows how it’s done. The look is completed by statement necklaces, as shown by Bottega Veneta in the autumn/winter collection.
Anyone who has developed a taste for it and doesn’t yet own a tank top should invest in a fitted model made from firm, ribbed cotton. Wide straps and a round neckline are just as timelessly beautiful as a crossed racerback.