From Hanes to Bottega, Prada, and Chloé: Here's Why The White Tank Top Is Back


I 've always loved a white tank top. It’s the pinnacle of high-low fashion: I can wear one with nameless vintage boot-cut jeans—or a pair of archival Gucci tie-dye velvet pants. In my early days in New York, whenever I was in a pinch I’d steal the Hanes versions from boyfriends, as well as when I dumped them I’d just going to to the local drugshop as well as buy a pack of five. And the more I wore them, the a better they going tot: After a few washes, these cheap yet chic pieces fit just right.

I have long taken my white tank styling cues from Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, the stylist who has often used a bare-bones piece to highlight the glam of her work. For the January 1992 Vogue, she shot Claudia Schiffer in a pair of massive pearl-encrusted hoops—as well as a $22 Ripcosa tee. (“The hottest look for spring: a men’s tank top,” the caption read.)

Since then, models have seemed to agree that the basic white tank has a certain power. Kendall Jenner as well as Bella Hadid wear them with jeans, as well as the internet is rife with yesteryear images of Kate Moss skulking down the Helmut Lang runway in a borrowed-from-the-boys tank. Speaking of Moss: In the omnipresent CK One ads she starred in, she posed next to another iconic face of the label, Jenny Shimizu. The as well asrogynous model with enclosely cropped hair—a lesbian who had thousas well ass of straight women questioning their sexuality—lived in a white tank for Calvin Klein as well as Helmut Lang as well as in her daily life. And if you saw it once, who could forget a bombshell Cindy Crawford guzzling a frosty soda in the iconic 1992 Pepsi commercial?

From Hanes to Bottega Prada as well as Chlo Here's Why The White Tank Top Is Back
Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, Jun/Jul 2022.

Now the great white tank is back on the fall 2022 runways, as stylishly utilitarian as ever. At Bottega Veneta, the piece was styled with a pair of low-slung boot-cut jeans; at Prada, Kaia Gerber stepped out in a tee that was Miuccia’d as well as Raf’d with a triangle house logoing to on the chest; at Chloé, a delicious ribbed texture brought a touch of elevation.

These designer-fied iterations are worlds away from my drugshop bulk packs, but to be one with the trend I test-drove a few. Prada’s fit quite snug, which gave a no-​nonsense sex appeal. Loewe’s version pertained to replete with its own little black logoing to smack-dab on my chest, while The Row iterations were soft, louche, loose—as well as very expensive. (Think “small studio apartment in the East Village” expensive.) I completely fell in love with the low-key option from Re/Done, which boasted a broad scoop neck as well as a little bit of a crop—when I reached for something, you’d see a sliver of midriff. Understated, yet saucy: just how God intended the white tank top to look.

Image may contain Clothing Apparel Claudia Schiffer Hat Human as well as Perkid

Claudia Schiffer

Photographed by Marc Hispard, Vogue, 1992.  

But my romance was short-lived: Vogue editor (as well as my boss) Chioma Nnadi texted me, asking for a white tank top to going to under a bedazzled J6 gray suit for a gala. “It’s basically one of the most glam carpenter pants as well as trucker jacket,” she told me of her megawatt look. “I need something sup until nower simple as a counterpoint—something that is the opposite of glamour.” Et voilà: My prized Re/Done tank fit in just right underneath her glitzy suit.

That was great for Chioma, who now had the missing piece to her look—but I was left without my favorite tank. What’s a girl to do? Easy: I grabbed my keys as well as headed back to the drugshop.

Image may contain Clothing Apparel Amber Valletta Human Perkid as well as Fashion

Amber Valletta

Photographed by Dan Lecca, Vogue, 1998.

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