The white tank top was a surprising staple on the autumn/winter 2022 runways in Milan. Here's how to buy into the trend now
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Like blue denim or a crisp white cotton shirt, white tank tops transcend trends. They’re a trusty wardrobe staple, a comfortable layering tool under heavy knits to combat cold or worn on its own during summer.
A must-have for off-duty models with street style suave (just look at Elsa Hosk), for 2022, the garment has become more than a basic. As the Y2K trend continues to guide our get-ups, with chino trousers and mini skirts entering our daily rotation, we crave a closet full of effortless white tank tops – maybe even going as far as to sporting two at once?
Are tank tops in style for 2022?
The timeless garment is trending again, with runways overrun by models sporting the low-effort look. Mainly seen in Milan, the garment was a surprising staple elevated by some of the most influential brands of the moment.
At Bottega Veneta – under Matthieu Blazy’s new leadership – the white tank top was seen with leather trousers made to look like denim, low-rise ankle length tailored trousers, burgundy leather, and gold jewellery. Prada’s tank top leaned into logo-mania with the brand’s signature plaque. The logo-clad staple seeped through the collection, layered under sheer dresses and paired with panelled skirts.
What are the best white tank tops to buy now?
While what we see on the runways right now won’t be available until next autumn, we’re still keen to wear the effortless white tank top now. The basic style offers a great entry point for fans of designer brands – just like designer tights – democratising the luxury sector.
Below, find the best white tank tops to buy now.
August ribbed tank top
Anine Bing is a buff when it comes to basics. From perfectly fitted jeans to timeless leather jackets, her effortless aesthetics lay the foundation for off-duty ensembles. Inspired by menswear, this scoop-neck tank top with fine ribbing is the perfect example of just such a wardrobe staple fit for any occasion.
Anagram-embroidered ribbed-jersey tank top
Loewe's logo-clad top oozes with effortless luxury. Not only is the fit hugging our figures just so with a flattering scoop-neck, the instantly recognisable anagram logo on the middle of the chest is embroidered for an elevated look.
Rib Tank Top
Arket's ribbed tank top is a necessity in any wardrobe. Made from a blend of organic cotton and elastane, the stretchy ribbed top is one for every-day use kept in regular rotation. The shoulder straps run on the slimmer side, flattering for those with wider set shoulders, giving an otherwise androgynous top a touch of femininity.
Ribbed logo-print vest
Since launch in 2012, Off-White has cemented its place as a brand with casual culture-conscious pieces on the agenda. This white tank top made from organic cotton fulfils the brief. Minimally designed with the brand's logo to the chest, this stretch-cotton vest offers a simple solution to everyday style.
Close Fitted Rib Tank Top
A classic undershirt style made from a soft cotton rib jersey, Weekday's stretchy white tank top is another basic to always keep in your wardrobe. It may not be anything innovative, with its scoop neck and straight hem, but there's no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the white tank.
Cashmere tank top
Bottega Veneta's tank top is made from ultra-soft cashmere in a neutral off-white hue which makes it perfect for layering. It offers a scoop neckline and medium-wide straps, perfect to underneath a jacket or cardigan for season-long style and warmth.
Knitted tank top
For easy and affordable basics, H&M is always a home run. This knitted tank top with tapered shoulder straps is a curve-hugging classic and a must for any closet - no matter how curated.
Moon ribbed-knit tank top
Marine Serre's logo has become synonymous with the pinnacle of street-style dressing. Whether body-suit or thigh-high boots, the crescent moon is a gift that keeps on giving. Here it is in its most simple form, emblazoned on a basic white tank top.
Fitted vest top
Cos knows its classic closet staples. Crafted from organic cotton with a touch of stretch, this vest top is made for this season and the next.
Scoop-neck ribbed modal-blend tank top
Saint Laurent’s white tank top is a fine rib crafted from a lightweight knit for a textured look. It's slim shape and scoop neck (and back) makes it a handy layering option. Tuck it in to high-waist shorts in warm weather or a pair of faux leather trousers for autumn.
Patch-detail sleeveless top
Margiela's branding has always been low key, with the only visible signs of the brand taking form in instantly recognisable cross-stitching on the back of blazers or details like the Tabi-toe. Here, the minimalist design ethos takes shape in a singular patch detail at the front emphasising the brand's conceptual approach. If you know, you know.
Espera ribbed organic cotton-blend tank top
Swedish-label Totême has mastered creating minimalist silhouettes that will slot seamlessly into your essential wardrobe since 2014. This tank top is no different. Crafted from a ribbed organic-cotton blend to a streamlined silhouette, it guarantees a flattering fit.
Dolce & Gabbana
DG plaque tank top
The devil is in the details, and this tank top proves it. Crafted from soft cotton and adorned with a small gold-tone DG plaque, this vest top leans into logo-mania.
Logo-print organic-cotton vest
Danish brand Rotate flips the logo-trend on its head. Not only does the brand lean into the early aughts with a white tank top, they further reinvigorate the Y2K look placing the logo at the nape of the neck.
Logo-printed tank top
Fittingly called "The Trademark Tank Top", Axel Arigato's tank top in a soft fine ribbed fabric features the brand's italic logo embroidered on the chest, detailed with golden metallic thread. The tank top has a slim fit and works perfect for layering, but be aware: this style fits small to size so we recommend sizing up.
Original tank top
Philipp Plein has the ability to make the most basic of basics breathe Rock n' Roll. Take this white tank for example. Featuring a scoop neck and a silver-tone logo plaque it works wonders with 1980s barrel jeans and a leather jacket.
Scoop-neck tank top
Marni is another brand who balances their logo with a minimalist design. With red lettering along the hemline, it is just enough to catch our eye without taking over an ensemble.
Lightweight tank top
Isabel Marant's lightweight tank top begs to be paired with this season's staples. Whether a mini skirt or quilted shorts, it is the perfect elevated basic to wear night and day.
Round-neck ribbed-knit tank top
Alexander McQueen's considered approach to wardrobe staples is exemplified by this ivory tank top. Crafted from a ribbed knit with a subtle stretch to ensure a flattering fit, the low-round neck silhouette with slim straps is universally flattering. Wear it under the sharp tailoring for a polished look.
Oversized tank top
This season Acne Studios goes back to the basics with this white oversized tank top. Cut for a relaxed fit with added interest in the curved hemline, this casual staple is great for layering or as a stand-alone piece.
Ribbed tank top
Filippa K's minimalist aesthetics make for marvellous wardrobe classics. Here, in a figure hugging silhouette, the brand's ribbed tank top is a timeless take on the trend.
Aurora Pure vest
An industry favourite, Wolford's wonderful basics are the secret of many a stylist for a reason. Known for their hosiery and shape wear, the brand knows how to make a good basic. This white tank top made from silky model is the perfect example of the brand's effortless aesthetics.
What do you wear under a white tank top?
When sporting a white tank top, a common concern is what to wear underneath – especially if you’ve opted for a more adventurous neckline or a racerback. There are multiple options depending on the desired results. At Vogue Scandinavia, we’re fans of bralettes with a hint of lace peeking out atop the tank top. Opt for a T-shirt bra in a shade close to your skin colour with convertible straps for a seamless look. Or lean into the Y2K look, and layer two tank tops up at once.
What do you pair a white tank top with?
Tank tops are the epitome of effortless basics. Depending on what you wear with it, the white tank top can be transformed to fit most any occasion: styled with a suave suit it is office appropriate, while a silk skirt and scrappy heels has the tank top dressed up for a night on the town. A certified neutral, it is the perfect base for more adventurous outfit pairings like patterned skirts or textured trousers.