Tees and Tanks

Last week Stephanie asked me where I buy my tank tops. I actually have some pretty strong opinions on this matter, not that anyone will be surprised that I have a strong opinion about anything, even something as inconsequential as tank tops.

I wear tank tops A LOT, and my hands-down favorite is the Banana Republic Timeless Tank.

I have it in 5 or 6 colors, and I have at least 3 black ones! The straps are wide enough to cover bra straps but not so wide that they are unflattering. It’s not too low-cut, although I wouldn’t mind having another inch of coverage. And they are long enough, but not too long like some others that I have.

The material is fairly substantial, and they wash and wear incredibly well. I’ve had some of mine for years and they still look great. I will say that the white is too thin to wear alone, but it’s great for layering. The other colors, I wear alone or with a cardi or sweatshirt over top.

I have other tank tops, but these are the ones I go to most often. I only wish they had them in more colors.

Now T-shirts are another matter entirely. I miss the days of the fitted T-shirt. Remember that trend? About 10 years ago, almost every woman’s T-shirt had a nice fitted shape to it — not skin tight like so many today — just a nice structure that was flattering and easy to wear with everything from skirts to pants to shorts. I also loved the double layer trend that was so short lived. That was SO nice — especially in white.

Nowadays it seems like the designers are going back to the straight fit. Like, take for instance, this Scattered Crystals Tee at the LOFT. I used to love the LOFT, but they are making all their T-shirts like this now and I’m not amused.

I mean, if it makes the model look dumpy, you know the rest of us don’t stand a chance. I love an embellished T-shirt, but I need one that has some shape to it.

I have this Trapunto Weekend Tee but I don’t love it. It’s too baggy. I’m happy to let go of the skintight T-shirt trend, but let’s find a happy medium, shall we?

When we were discussing this sad state of affairs this morning, Melissa pointed me to this Ruched V-Neck Tee at Old Navy.

I haven’t tried it, but she says it has just enough shape at the waist to be flattering while staying loose in the tummy area. I’m not sure if the ruching would be flattering on the more, um, well-endowed among us, but I’d like to try it.

Do you have a go-to tee-shirt that you can recommend?

And one more thing, while I’m complaining about current trends. I know everyone likes the longer T-shirts, but I think they’ve taken this trend a bit too far. Sometimes they are too long to be flattering. I usually get around this issue by throwing them into the dryer.

Okay. That is all.