Tank Tops Are The Only Thing I’m Wearing In This Heatwave – And I’ve Found The Perfect One From Zara

In these temperatures, less is definitely more.

by Marina Avraam |
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If there's one item that's crucial to every summer wardrobe, it's a tank top. They go with shorts, jorts, linen trousers, maxi skirts, jeans - need I go on? Owning a high-quality, flattering tank top will save your outfit every single time, and it's also the only thing getting us through the UK's impending heatwave. The real challenge? Finding the perfect one.

As a repeat tank top wearer who has romanticised the image of Monica Geller's red tank top and jeans combo for far too long, I'm here to share all the woes I've experienced in search for the perfect tank - it is an art, after all. From the fit, to the feel, there are lots of criteria I look for - material, being number one. For summer, breathable cotton is the way to go. Take the viral SKIMS Cotton Rib Tank Top, £38 as the prime example, with its perfect cotton rib and sculpting material, proven to wash well and last far beyond just one summer.

Neckline is next because, believe it or not, tank tops come in all shapes and sizes. Scoop necks are my personal favourite as they're flattering without baring too much chest (tank tops are a workwear staple, after all) and I tend to prefer a longer silhouette that can be easily tucked in to clothes without the dreaded ride up. Another important, but often overlooked criteria - strap width. As someone who unfortunately cannot go braless, finding a tank top that won't expose my bra strap or leave me trying to hide it every five minutes is crucial - the thicker the strap, the happier everyone is.

In my endless pursuit to find the perfect tank, there are a few brands I've discovered that are doing better than most. COS and ARKET have both nailed the brief when it comes to the perfect cotton tanks (even Kendall Jenner was spotted in the Tubular Knit Tank Top, £45), and Uniqlo is great for a value, high-quality tank top (I own about five). My one holy grail? Apart from the SKIMS cotton tank top which I've already waxed lyrical about, I recently discovered Zara's Fitted Bodysuit, £15.99 and haven't been the same since.

I know what you're thinking - does that even count as a tank top? Technically no but if you dismiss the fact that it buttons like a bodysuit, Zara's scoop-neck top is the perfect summer tank top, with the most flattering scoop neckline and wide straps. I loved it so much that I bought it both black and white, but the bodysuit-meets-tank-top is also available in a striking red and a baby pink which has now sadly sold out.

With all sizes selling out fast, shop the Zara tank top below, as well as my pick of the very best tank tops on the market

Shop: The Best Tank Tops


Zara Fitted Polyamide Bodysuit

Fitted Polyamide Bodysuit
Price: £15.99

A hybrid tank top and bodysuit, Zara's latest addition to its basics collection is already making noise. With the perfect wide straps and easy snap-button fastening, shop it while there's still time.

Everything Kim K touches turns into gold, so it's no surprise that she's also behind tank top to beat all others. The Cotton Rib Tank Top has amassed over 3,500 positive reviews. It's made from cotton, meaning it's breathable as ever, and reviewers can't stop commenting on the softness.

The foundation of so many outfits, COS' ribbed tank will see you through occasion after occasion. With a flattering scoop neck and wide shoulder straps, shop it while you still can.

Lululemon's spaghetti strap cami fits perfectly, and is a great dupe for the Tank Air tank top that Bella Hadid catapulted into fame. It's ultra soft, featuring side seams to accentuate your shape, and is double-layered to give you enough coverage and support.

Another scoop-neck - we told you they were our favourite. With a stretchy feel, seamless design and supportive shelf bra, this is the ultimate throw-on tank for the days you want to wear nothing. It's available in 18 colours, so take your pick.

Offering unparalleled support, the perfect fit and in the words of the reviewers 'perfect boobs' TALA's Essential tank top has gone viral, selling in most sizes - and for great reason.

How can I style a basic tank top to look chic and sophisticated?

A basic tank top will be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. To elevate it, pair it with high-waisted tailored trousers or a sleek midi skirt. Layer a blazer or a structured jacket over the tank top for an added touch of sophistication. Jewellery can also help enhance the look — think chunky gold necklaces or statement earrings—to help draw attention to your neckline.

What are the trending tank top styles this season?

This season, tank tops are getting a stylish update with fresh cuts and playful details. Ribbed tank tops are making a comeback, offering a fitted and flattering silhouette that can be easily dressed up or down. Asymmetrical and one-shoulder tank tops are perfect for adding a modern twist to your summer wardrobe. For those who love a bit of nostalgia, cropped tank tops with retro prints or tie-dye patterns are hot right now. Additionally, tanks with intricate details such as lace trims, ruffles, or embroidered accents are ideal for adding a touch of femininity to any outfit.

Marina Avraam is the Deputy Commercial Content Editor for Grazia. Hobbies include (but not limited to) finding the best designer dupes, buying every iteration of the adidas gazelles and listening to celeb podcasts every hour of every day.

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