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stuff i like: gap pure tank

I have written before about my struggles with my midsection. It’s not big but it is proportionately bigger than the rest of me. In any event, what my disproportionate middle has made me, over the years, is a master at layering. Not to brag, but I’m so skilled at layering to conceal that I could have a goat under my shirt and you’d never know.

For layering, you need a grip of tanks. But not just any tank. It’s gotta be long enough to cover the top of the skinny jeans. Loose enough to drape nicely over the chest, without getting caught on the belly. Slim enough to flatter. The neckline has to be a low enough to show the collarbone and some decolletage. The armholes have to be generous enough to give it that offhanded mens’ tank feel, but not so generous that you are showing sideboob. With white, things get even trickier, because sometimes you can get an otherwise-ideal tank that happens to be the wrong shade of white. You notice the problem in the store, but you ignore it, buy it, and hope for the best. And then, you don’t wear it. It sounds crazy, but if it’s happened to you, you know I speak truth.

So difficult is it to find a perfect tank that my otherwise rational friends will pay more than $100 bucks in the pursuit. I get it. I do. The perfect tank is a workhorse, and you’ll wear it every day. But it’s so much better when you can get something great for cheap. Which is where the Gap comes in.

the haggard late-night iphone blog photo in all its glory. but at least my cactus bloomed

At lunch today, my friend Mo started talking about the Gap, and before she could finish her sentence, I knew exactly where she was going. The Gap has launched a new line called Pure, and it is essentially a capsule collection of t-shirts, tanks, and long sleeve tops in a limited range of colors. Imagine Vince and James Perse, at 1/4 the price. The racerback tank I’m wearing above is as close to tank perfection as I have been in a very long time. The neck is deep, the length is long, and it has a fishtail hem, which I appreciate because it gives me more butt coverage while keeping things neat in front. It’s 100% rayon and skims the body with perfect drape, but does not cling. It’s got a couple interesting details, like the bound hems on the neck and armholes. Forget all that though, because there’s this: I washed and tumble dried it and it did not shrink. DID NOT SHRINK. The holy grail.

It’s $24. What are you waiting for?

*Check me out on Pinterest for more perfect tanks

19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Esther #

    These are the ones I’m coveting, but do you think any mere mortal could get their hands on them? Of course not.

    March 25, 2012
    • i trust leslie fremar on the style front and i like the look of these, but do they seem a tad short? i don’t have a chance in hell of finding out, because i think the nearest bloomingdale’s is in CA…good luck nabbing them!!

      March 26, 2012
      • leslie #

        thanks for trusting me 🙂 the are actually pretty long. longer then the average T

        July 6, 2012
      • Leslie, I’m a fan. So fun.

        July 6, 2012
  2. Seriously! What is it with the midsection?! No matter how hard I work out I still have it. I could blame it on having been pregnant, but then I see those moms with no body fat whatsoever anywhere on there body…how do they do it?! I am going to get one of these tanks myself!

    March 19, 2012
  3. Veronica #

    Looks like this may be good for a postpartum body?!

    March 10, 2012
  4. I love the red Toms! I’ll have to head over to gap soon too.

    March 9, 2012
    • love my toms, despite the ruin they’ve made of my feet

      March 9, 2012
  5. Sonya #

    i am going to to order one right this minute…

    March 9, 2012
    • i think they were doing a 30% off thing…sizing runs a tad large, i worry for you, tiny

      March 9, 2012
  6. Claire #

    I struggle with the bra situation. Are you wearing one of those convertible strap racerback ones? Just letting it show ??

    March 9, 2012
    • claire! yeah i struggle too and mostly opt to just show, assuming i’m not at work. sometimes i wear a black one just to make it obvious it was intentional. kind of adds to the look, depending. i hate convertible bras because when you convert them to the racerback the cups don’t sit right PLUS it sort of slices-and-dices your back fat and creates bigger problems than a visible bra strap. cheerio.

      March 9, 2012
  7. Suzanne #

    nice work on the cactus!

    March 9, 2012
  8. Emerald25 #

    Thanks for the tip. Always in pursuit of the perfect slightly slouchy tank (and tee for that matter – any recommendations?)

    March 9, 2012
  9. Kim Chapman #

    She is spreading the gospel here, people. Get one.

    March 9, 2012

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