1 Piece, 3 Ways: How To Make The White Tank Anything But Basic

The truth is, sometimes the most basic closet staples are the hardest to style. If we're challenged with something out of left field (like a patterned pencil skirt), we'll barely break a sweat after hitting that home run. But, toss us a curveball like the classic white tank and suddenly our game's thrown off.
So, we're here to rewrite the playbook (okay, we'll cool it with the baseball references!). From the boardroom to the black-tie event, here are three fresh (exciting!) ways to style that plain-Jane piece. Step up to the plate...(sorry, we couldn't resist).
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Look 1: Baller Black Tie
Snagged an invite with "black-tie optional" engraved at the bottom? Look no further than this fresh take on evening attire. Matched with a floor-grazing skirt and pretty-meets-punk accessories, this white tank takes it to a whole other level. A sleek leather jacket is the icing on the cake — just don't forget to reapply your pink lipstick after taking a bite of the actual dessert!

From Left, Clockwise: H&M Skirt, $17.95, available at H&M; Georgie Perforated Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $318, available at Intermix; T by Alexander Wang Classic Pocket Tank, $80, available at Barneys; Assad Mounser Chroma Crypt Collar in Neon, $460, available at Forward by Elyse Walker; Illamasqua Lipstick in Immodest, $24, available at Sephora; Miista Tara Faceted Heels, $226, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Look 2: The Good Sport
There's no shame if last night's black-tie affair lasted until the wee hours of the morn. And, what better way to relive the magic of the previous evening than by recycling the main attraction? Pair it with casual cut-offs and a floral tote. Just don't forget the most important hangover curve of all: an easy sweater and some bright shades.

From Left, Clockwise: Helmut Lang Stratus Sweatshirt Jacket, $210, available at La Garçonne; VPL Stripe B Bra, $85, available at La Garçonne; T by Alexander Wang Classic Pocket Tank, $80, available at Barneys; Madewell Hepcat Shades in Blue, $55, available at Madewell; Uniqlo Cabbages & Roses Canvas Tote Bag, $9.90, available at Uniqlo; J.Crew Denim Shorts in Faded Indigo, $79.50, available at J.Crew; Nike Dunk Sky Hi Print Shoes in Obsidian, $125, available at Nike.
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Look 3: Summer Friday Special
While most office employees reserve the white tank for layering, we're wearing our's with pride — while still being work appropriate, of course. Just toss on a blazer and matching trousers, and you're ready for that big presentation. Plus, this meeting-appropriate look is also happy hour-worthy — just throw on some festive ear candy and a neon belt.

From Left, Clockwise: Betsey Johnson Gold-Tone Skull and Fruit Stud Earrings, $35, available at Macy's; Joie Mehira Blazer, $278, available at Joie; T by Alexander Wang Classic Pocket Tank, $80, available at Barneys; Mango Suit Wide-Leg Trousers, $79.99, available at Mango; ASOS Collection Neon Metal Keeper Super Skinny Belt, $9.98, available at ASOS; B Brian Atwood Labrea Hologram Snake Sandal, $350, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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