Basic Training: The Perfect White Tank Top

Finding a simple white sleeveless T-shirt should be a, well, simple affair, but anyone who's experienced that wild goose chase of discovering the perfect white tank knows just how complicated it can be. After trying on hundreds of sub-par options, reluctantly buying a dozen of them, and condemning the lot of them to the back of the closet, we've decided to stop wasting all that time, money, and material and really find the best white tanks on the market. We've done our homework so you don't have to spend your weekend in the fitting room; Check out our top picks for the PWTs (perfect white tanks) out there.
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The Tuck-In Tank — You want a tank top that's long enough to stay tucked into your summertime shorts and skirts, but not so long that it'll get bunchy and show through underneath. This Alexander Wang tank is just opaque enough that it won't let your bra show through, and comes with a little pocket that dresses everything up.

T By Alexander Wang Classic Tank, $98, available at My Theresa.
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The Under $5 Tank — If you're the type that goes through tanks like we go through french fries (that is, quickly), we recommend this racerback tank from Forever21. Priced at $4.80, it'll be the thing you reach when you're headed to the gym, the beach, or are just looking for a neutral top to pair with every single bottom you own.

Forever21 Essential Racerback Tank, $4.80, available at Forever21.
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The Show-Off Tank — Over a pretty bra or under a leather jacket, a loose-fitting, barely there tank can be the sexiest thing you own. This tank from Kain is just sheer enough to hint at what's underneath, and shows off your curves (while hiding your lunch belly). Perfection!

Kain Classic Pocket Tank, $87, available at Otte.
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The Ribbed Tank — For the woman who's graduated from Hanes tanks, this Splendid version is cut just so that it'll lengthen your torso and show off your décolletage.

Splended White Ribbed Tank, $55, available at Stylebop.
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The Work Tank — For the office, you don't want to mess around with the typical casual white tank. This Phillip Lim one may be pricey, but the modern neckline, luxe silk blend, and flattering darts would look just as chic under a blazer as it would tucked into a pencil skirt.

3.1 Phillip Lim Kite Back Tank, $250, available at La Garconne.
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The Body Sculpting Tank — A few of us at Refinery29 own tanks from Theory's Tubular line, and we cannot extoll their body-shaping, bosom-cradling, tummy-flattening powers enough. If it's a sleek, smooth line you're looking for, this is the tank that can take you there.

Theory Len Tubular Tank, $105, available at Theory.

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