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12_ The Ribbed Tank

Classic and carefree, simple and slim-fitting, what started as an evolution of the 1920s swimsuit, the Tank Top has gone from undershirt to essential in the last 100 years.

PHOTOGRAPHY_ JON ERVIN
STYLING_ GABRIELLE MARCECA

RIBBED TANK_ FRUIT OF THE LOOM_ 1960S_ COLLECTION OF Brynn HEMINWAY

Classic and carefree, simple and slim fitting, what started as an evolution of the 1920s swimsuit, the Tank Top has gone from undershirt to essential in the last 100 years. 

The 1990s did a seriously good tank top revival, from easy white ribbed tanks, to sleek, asymmetric and androgynous styles from designers such as Helmut Lang, this is the go-to decade. For that quintessential masculine cut search for deadstock undershirts from the 1940s-1980s.

Brands to look for: Ann Demeulemeester, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Gucci by Tom Ford, Hermès, Helmut Lang, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jil Sander, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto.

Key decades: 1940s-1990s

Fabrics: 100% Cotton, Cotton/ Cashmere or Silk blends. Jersey and Rib knits.

Colors: White, black and neutrals 

Style notes: Pair with jeans, under suits, or anything.