The terms "fashion basic" and "style staple" are not always the clearest or the most objective. After all, what is an essential for one person may be a luxury for another. But in my experience, very few people can argue with the fact that tank tops (or vests for us Brits) remain a core part of our wardrobes all year round, but particularly during the summer months. Whether you prefer to dress yours up with smart, tailored trousers, keep it casual with denim cut-offs or simply use yours to avoid a see-through shirt situation, the tank top is one item of clothing that you're sure to get plenty of wear from when the mercury rises.
While you don't want to mess with the classics too much (for example, you really can't go wrong with a classic white tank top), we've really noticed that the offering this season feels more eclectic than ever, which means you can really pick and choose according to your tastes and wardrobe requirements. I've personally enjoyed the crinkle-effect tops, as seen on Abisola Omole, as they offer a slightly more elevated spin on the classic tank and will look just as good tucked into jeans as they will with matching trousers and strappy heels.
The colourful iterations are also a fab feel-good option and ideal for anyone who doesn't buy into the "50 shades of beige" aesthetic which has proliferated over the last year or two. & Other Stories has a lovely selection of tank tops in three different colourways, which are super elegant with their sweetheart neckline and ribbed fabric. Weekday is another high-street brand that does a great selection of styles in a wide range of sizes, and this racer front has particularly caught my eye.
So if you're in the market for a classic tank top to bring out year after year, scroll down to see the styles that we really rate right now.