FASHION The tank top gets acknowledged, even if not so vocally

There are certain things that people prattle off when asked to list some “wardrobe basics”, their own or as some “style advice” to those dying for it. Black trousers, white shirt, blue jeans, LBD, a comfortable pair of heels (as if there was ever one), tra-la-la… No one mentions tank tops, strangely.

A trans-seasonal building block of wardrobes — on its own for summers and layered in cooler months — the tank top is an essential. It’s something the high street recognises, as does the high fashion it depends on — for both, tanks are the entry-level buy, after accessories.

In recent seasons, with the “casual-isation” of fashion — the tank top fits in perfectly. (Now, T-shirts with couture skirts are cool.) The Spring/ Summer 2013 ready-to-wear shows have some interesting examples.

At Damir Doma they came paired with military green skirts and wide leather belts. At Hermes, typically, in leather. At Chloe and Givenchy (both labels turned to ruffles big time this time), they formed the base for the sheer tops worn over them. At Akris, mustard tank tops with matching skirts and totes were seen, while Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, in one of his less quirky shows (not much of Mickey and friends this time), decided to shake things up a bit with sheer vinyl sheaths over tank tops. Paul & Joe featured tank dresses, while at Chinese label Masha Ma, showcased in Paris, tank tops came layered with sheer knits.