Street style fashion with 80s influences is still going strong this fall season. However, this season the street-smart styles received a twist of class – as seen in the latest designer exhibitions and shows. While many may still remember the jerseys and mesh tanks of an era that is sometimes best forgotten, there are holdovers of the decade that are still going strong – albeit in subtly beautiful ways.
One beloved street staple – the tank top – was seen grazing the runway and worn by audience celebrities attending the latest shows. It got a lot of attention this year and grew well beyond its’ humble beginnings.
There are a variety of tank tops styles that can be adopted to meet most any need. Everything from structured and fitted tanks to flowing and embellished feminine tops should be considered as wardrobe staples. Having a variety of tanks to choose from, means that you’ll always find a tank in your closet to fit your body type, mood, and occasion.
Layering is key in fall looks and designers were seen mixing both delicate and rough elements. At both New York and Paris fashion weeks the inclusion of bold and elegant jewelry and accent pieces took tank-including street-wear outfits from rugged to refined on the catwalks. Designers also included elegant accents like duster earrings, 90s punk inspired chokers, rough crystals, statement brooches, layered arm cuffs, and oversized pearls to add feminine touches to their more masculine cuts and drapes.
For working women, turning heads means being able to easily transition from work to play during those long 18 hour days. Every woman needs to feel both comfortable and at relaxed in her everyday attire. This means that versatility is the key to exploring fashion staples like tank tops and style must be considerate of ease of wear while creating elegant, effortless looks.
When worn appropriately and layered right, these ensembles can work for school, work, travel and festival wear by changing the bottoms and adding event appropriate accessories. Tanks can be paired with everything from jean shorts to structured trousers and from flowing maxi skirts to tight minis.
No matter what the occasion, there is a tank to fit the mood and need. Here are five chic ways to wear a tank.
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An eye catching mix of patterns and textures ̶ like this faux layered button-down-shirt-turned-tank paired with striped pants, Chanel brooch, and oversized glasses ̶ pulls together the newchic look for fall.
As a fall wardrobe staple, the non-so-simple tank top is best used as a layered item. The great thing about a closet full of staple tanks is that they can be easily dressed up or down, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast and spend your times of the day wearing waist trainers and cinchers and according to the needs of the gatherings and occasions, this wardrobe entity won’t harm.
To be fully on-trend, the tank should be made from luxurious Chantilly lace, leather, or other rich fabrics and textures. Feminine, intricate details such as embroidery really stand out when worn under a structured jacket or open tailored blouse.
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Looking cool and collected doesn’t have to be hard. It’s effortless to pair a pale-hued deep-scoop neck crepe tank with white skinny jeans and strappy four inch heels to create a sophisticated, yet relaxed look – without looking frumpy. When tanks are paired with shortened and notched skinny jeans your appearance is elevated from casual to classy.
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To keep the luxury while adding a casual twist, you can also go braless with a simple black tank for a comfortable traveller-bohemian look. Former Victoria’s Secret Angel, 33 year old Australian model Miranda may Kerr,wears dark stonewashed denim skinny jeans and all-black accessories – keeping her ensemble unfussy and clean.
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For travel and festival touring, consider pairing a simple dusty grey cotton tank with a faux maxi chiffon skirt in beige or cream. With some additional bronze statement jewelry and arm bands you can turn an ordinary ensemble into a chic unconventional visual treat. This look also helps you retain your freedom of movement and comfort – both keys to a laid back beach-going outfit.
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For both work and play, a structured collared tank pantsuit, like this preview ensemble from the 44 year old English fashion designer Stella McCartney’s fall collection, exudes ease and comfort while also channeling 80s harem pants and 70s rock and roll era edginess.With the zippered embellishments these tanks take the basic to bravo.
Stella McCartney is known for her bold tailored designs and stunning textures. The designer also recently collaborated with Adidas to design the Great Britain opening ceremony outfits for the 2016 Rio Games.
Whether loose and flowing or tailored and tight, the tank is a versatile staple for all seasons. When layered appropriately and embellished right, it’s perfect for adding a touch of class and style to any outfit.