Tank tops are the 'Quiet Luxury' basic everyone's wearing rn—here are some chic staples plus how to style

Everyone needs a trusty tank top in their style arsenal

Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski pictured wearing tank tops / in a pink and purple two-picture template
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When it comes to your capsule wardrobe, no piece is more essential than a tank top. Somehow, the humble vest just manages to elevate the simplest of outfits, while simultaneously being a great piece to layer under all your fall knits and shirts. It really is the definition of a style 'basic'.

So it's really no wonder that the vest has become something of a uniform for 'Quiet Luxury' lovers and IT girls everywhere, thanks to its clean, classic shape and casual but sophisticated vibe. Take the highly coveted Loewe 'Anagram' tank top for instance, which according to Lyst was one of the hottest products of 2023.

So, if you're looking to add a staple tank top into your own style rotation, here are our picks of the best quality-tops, (because the struggle to find one that isn't partially see-thru is real) and how to style them all year long...

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When it comes to selecting a good tank top, we look for the following criteria; fit, thickness and color. 

Fit-wise, the most popular style of vest is a 'racerback' style as well as a classic, rounded neckline, with wide-ish straps. We also suggest stocking up on neutral shades, especially white, grey and black but the beauty of a tank top is even statement colors can become staples in your rotation.

Thickness is the real minefield with tanks, so we'd recommend hunting for ribbed or cotton materials, because we ourselves, are very familiar with the agony of buying a new tank top and putting it on, only to find it's basically sheer. And while we're loving a bit of the 'exposed bra' trend, sometimes you just want an opaque top, okay?!

How to rock tank top outfits IRL

Now, there's no hard and fast rule to rocking a tank top, but personally, we love the classic combo of a white tank, blue jeans and sneakers—like the Adidas Sambas—or a racerback vest paired with an oversized shirt and some suit pants (a true work capsule wardrobe fit). 

A tank top is perfect for a casual and low-maintenance look, when you want to look cool but also just want to chuck on a top and pants. Take this recent Emily Ratajkowski serve for instance...

Emily Ratajkowski pictured wearing a black tank top and pink jeans, alongside a 2nd picture of her wearing an orange tank top and black skirt

(Image credit: Getty Images: (L to R) Robert Kamau/GC Images | Gotham/GC Images)

She proves how chic a statement color like red, which is predicted to be a big fall shade, can be in tank top form. There are really no limits to what you can pair them with...

Emma Chamberlain, for instance, can often be seen sporting a white tank, with denim shorts and Dickies trousers—accessorized with a pair of Emma's eclectic sunglasses of course. You can also pair them with skirts, 'Boxercore'-esque shorts, or under cardigans, the options are endless.

For a very 'Quiet Luxe' vibe though, we'd recommend opting for a monochromatic look with your tank top, like a white outfit or a black one. And don't forget to add a pair of statement, Hailey Bieber-approved earrings and a few spritzes of these Quiet Luxury perfumes.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.