Fall Wardrobe Staple: A Long Tank for Layering

Layering with TanksA long tank for layering is an essential part of a leggings outfit. One rule of styling leggings is that the top should be long enough to cover your rear end. While a tunic is usually fine by itself, you’ll probably need something underneath a button-down shirt, an oversize sweater, or a cardigan. A long tank under a shirt or sweater provides the coverage you need and elongates your torso. A tank is also good for sheer tunics and when you need an extra layer for warmth.

Fall Wardrobe Staple TankA tank should come down to 3-4 inches below your hip bone, depending on what you’re wearing over it. These Pinterest pics show tanks at just the right length for leggings.

Put a tank under it CollagePicture sources: first, other two unknown

The best tanks smooth and shape your torso and don’t ride up, which is especially important when you’re trying to cover your tush (remember: leggings are underwear not outerwear!) I’ve tried lots of brands and have settled on a few favorites I buy again and again. I have multiple black, white, and nude tanks because I wear them the most. I also have a variety of colored tanks I wear under sheer tops (coordinated but not too matchy since the tank doesn’t really show.) These are my favorite brands:

Long Layering Tanks CollageLeft to right: Lysse, CAbiHalogen

Of these three, my favorite is Lysse. The slim-fitting knit jersey has enough stretch in it that you can move comfortably, and it stays in place under your top. I like the wide straps because they cover my bra straps. The Lysse Slimfit Seamless Tank is $32 and comes in in eight colors; sizes are S/M and L/XL. I wear the L/XL, and it’s a perfect fit for me.

The Simple Cami from CAbi is another tank that stays where you put it. It has the same kind of stretch as the Lysse tank, and it’s super soft. The spaghetti straps are adjustable, which is great for long and short torsos. The Simple Cami is $34; CAbi usually makes it in white, nude, black, and a couple of colors each season. The sizes range from XS-XL.

The Halogen Long Layering Tank at Nordstrom is the least expensive of the three. At $24, you can stock your closet with all four colors. The straps are narrow but still cover most bra straps. This tank comes in petite sizes XXS-XL and regular sizes are XS-XL. The petite tanks are shorter than the regular.

All three tanks have small arm holes so you don’t get that peek-a-boo side bra thing. These tanks act as shapers and are absolutely meant to be worn under something else! I sometimes wear mine under a tunic, depending on the fabric. To care for my tanks and camis, I put them in a mesh bag and wash them with my other undergarments in cold water on a gentle cycle, then hang to dry.

One nice thing about tanks is that you can wear them a long time since you always wear them under something else. I would love to know if you have favorite tanks and camis, especially if they are the kind that stay in place under your tops!

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5 thoughts on “Fall Wardrobe Staple: A Long Tank for Layering

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  2. I also love the tanks from down east! So many colors and xs-xl. Range around 25 $ ea. But I have had mine for a couple of years now and still look great! Nice and long.

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