Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
An essential building block to any wardrobe, few pieces are as versatile as a tank top. Worn alone or under a blazer, hiding under a tee or tucked into a skirt, a tank top can be worked into just about any look. Simple yet effective, it can be a layering piece or shine all on its own. But unlike other essential pieces, you need more than one tank top—not because you can't wear the same tank with everything, but because you need a backup for wash day. Here, 13 tank tops you'll be reaching for on a daily basis.
This sweet cropped tank from American Eagle comes in a few different colors, so feel free to take your pick.
A good black bodysuit is one of my year-round wardrobe essentials, but I wear them most often in the spring and summer. You can't go wrong with a basic square-neck option in your closet.
This top from Reformation is sustainably made, comes in five neutral colors, and hides your bra straps. Need I say more?
A work-appropriate tank that you can also wear to happy hour. Style this black tank with a few chain necklaces.
Behold: the perfect white tank top. This piece from AGOLDE is made from almost 50 percent TENCEL, a sustainably made fiber.
I have a few of these Everlane tanks in my rotation, so trust me—you need one for yourself. Style this with a great-fitting pair of cut-offs for an easy summer outfit.
I basically only wear linen pieces in the summer, so yes, this tank from Nili Lotan is a must. It fits a little loosely on the body for a breezy "I just threw this on" feel.
Add some edge with this white cropped tank from Zara. I'd wear it with high-waisted trousers and an oversized blazer.
Even the most fundamental pieces in your wardrobe could use some bling. This tank from Dion Lee features tiny hardware details that are to die for.
This navy blue silk tank top from Cami NYC is basically made to be worn with white jeans and freshly cleaned sneakers. Add some pearl jewelry into the mix for a classic summer 'fit.
Add some structure to all your summer looks, courtesy of this square-neck top from Abercrombie & Fitch.
Meet: The perfect date-night tank. This lightweight satin tank will look great when styled with a pair of linen pants and some strappy sandals.