After receiving some questions about how I manage tank tops, I thought it was time to republish this post. I hope it’s helpful! If you find yourself on the other side of the proverbial fence, please enjoy your spaghetti straps and racer back tops and strapless sundresses. We are jealous!
Earlier in the week I posted a photo of myself on Instagram, declaring how I love tank top weather. And I do. There’s nothing I like more than a hot spring or summer day, lazing around in a tank top and shorts and flip flops. It’s the best. A friend commented and requested a post about tank tops for those of us who are a bit more well endowed.
That is a topic I can certainly speak to, ahem.
You will see me wearing a lot of sleeveless tops and tanks in my Daily Mom Style posts during the summer months, but you’ll probably notice they are all structured in a similar way.
For one thing, I always make sure the straps are wide enough to cover my bra straps. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT, people. Especially at my age.
I also don’t ever wear racer-back styles, even though I think they’re super cute. Because I refuse to wear them with my bra straps showing, and I have yet to find a racerback bra other than a sports bra that does its job.
Speaking of bras, a proper fitting bra is KEY. Droopy girls do not a good look in a tank top make. Or something like that.
I also try to find tops that aren’t too terribly low-cut. I never want to send the wrong message to male friends or even the mailman. How bare is too bare is, of course, is up to each individual’s comfort level and conscience, but I do try to find that fine line between styles that I enjoy and those that I feel might be too provocative. I always figure it helps that I’m a total goofball and couldn’t flirt if I tried. I don’t think I’m one to give anyone the wrong idea, but men are visual and it doesn’t hurt to be considerate with our clothing choices.
So, to sum it up! Here are the rules, or my rules anyway. And some affordable shopping suggestions through my affiliates.
Tank Top Rules for the Well Endowed
1. Cover your bra straps, yo! This means selecting tank tops that have wider straps. How wide depends on your bra. Which is the perfect segue.
2. Wear the right bra. You want a bra that is supportive but not massive enough to show around the edges of the tank top. It used to be hard to find supportive bras in larger sizes that weren’t grannie bras, but nowadays there are lots of choices. I personally love this one. I have about ten of them (no lie.) Also, make sure you’re wearing the right size bra. See my post on how to find your bra size.
3. Pay attention to the neckline. Tank tops with a modest V-neck or scoop neck are flattering, just makes sure that they’re not too low-cut. This does take some trial and error, as everyone is built differently.
4. Consider the fit. As always with matters of style, fit is key. Don’t buy tank tops that are too tight. What is “too tight” will vary from person to person, and as I’ve gotten older, I’m more picky about this. Five years and ten pounds ago, I would wear my tanks pretty tight. But now I try to find the ones that aren’t quite so figure-hugging. I like material that doesn’t have so much spandex so I can stretch them out a bit. If they’re too tight when I put them on, I just give a tug in a few strategic places, and that fixes them right up!
Sometimes a looser style is nice, like the kind with the banded waist, or a flowy tunic-style — it all depends on your personal style aesthetic and what is flattering for your body type.
5. When in doubt, layer. I have tanks that I keep only for layering under a cardigan or jean jacket, and I have others that I will wear alone. You can also layer a tank top over another tank top, so if you have one you like that is too low-cut, or it’s more flowy and always shows too much when you bend over, consider wearing a more modest tank underneath.
Best Tank Tops for Larger Chested Women
1. Banana Republic Timeless Tank. I’m a huge fan of this tank. I have at least 10 of them, probably 14. Literally! I buy a couple every year. I have 3 in black alone!
UPDATE: They have replaced the Timeless Tank with this Essential Tank. Reviews aren’t great, unfortunately.
2. J.Crew Perfect Fit Tank. They usually have a large selection of basic tanks in lots of trendy colors. I have several of their tanks, and I like them a lot, although their straps are a tad on the skinny side. They aren’t quite as body-hugging as the Banana Republic ones. I’m wearing one here.
3. Target Long & Lean Tank. This one is better for layering (in my opinion) because it’s ribbed and fits pretty tight. Plus it’s long, making it a nice layering piece. But it is nice in that the straps are wide, and it’s not too low-cut.
4. Lands End. If you are a larger woman or particularly modest, Lands End has lots of tank tops that have wider straps and aren’t as low-cut as those I’ve featured here.
5. Old Navy. I have a lot of luck at Old Navy for tanks and not just the basic ones. In the photo at the top of this post, I featured a few from past years. I’m not a fan of these new longer styles, but they’re the trend at the moment.
This is where I’m going to look to my readers for help. Anyone have some good tank top recommendations??? Please leave them in the comments. I’m sure there are lots of other options out there. I just haven’t looked too far because I’ve found a couple that work for me and I just go back to the old faithfuls.