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In my book, the ideal basic is something comfortable, wearable, and most importantly, affordable. If I lose money on a t-shirt or tank top, it’s because it’s a cool vintage band shirt, not a plain white t-shirt. You can imagine my skepticism, then, when I started seeing all sorts of fancy brands selling individual ribbed tank tops for $20, $40, even $50 a pop.
I immediately thought of the plastic-sealed bulk packages of “men’s” undershirts that I grew up seeing in the big box stores, offering comfortable, portable layering tanks for a few bucks each. Yet every time I visited these big-box stores in person, the entire men’s underwear section was completely scooped up — like three aisles of empty shelves scooped up.
So, like any good millennial, I took to the internet and finally purchased Fruit of the Loom’s unlabeled ribbed “A-shirts” (re: tank tops) in black and gray from the men’s section of Target. From the second I took them out of the box, I started wearing these tank tops every day. They are stretchy and comfortable but do not lose their shape. They’re super light and airy so they’re perfect in the heat, and they have great armholes and chunky straps that conceal my bra/sports bra. They’re so nice to layer or throw over an open button-up shirt, but can also be worn comfortably on their own. And the blacks and grays give an extra touch of chic.
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