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Basics Building: Layering Tank for Under $40

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Now that we have officially wrapped up our Spring Wardrobe Challenge, I’m excited to launch a series based on our Wardrobe Checklist. The idea goes like this, over the course of the next month, I’ll highlight a piece from the checklist to help you start to rebuild or expand your wardrobe. 

Within each post I’ll note the functionality of the piece, if it’s season-specific or a year round staple, and include as many sizes as possible.  

I’m prioritizing these based on price-point, inventory and level of need. Today, for example, is at a sale price too good to pass up, and will help you build outfits all year long. 

Wardrobe Basics Building with The Layering Tank

Tank, $64.50 ON SALE $39.00

When the dust from all of this settles, one thing that will never be the same is retail. From their omni-channel experience to their dependency on foreign manufacturing, I think there will be sweeping changes to their landscape.

Right now, however, their sales are wild. At first, I didn’t want to take advantage of them, but then I realized it’s a fantastic opportunity to help you relaunch into the world too, so here we go. 

A Layering Tank

A layering tank is a core wardrobe staple, and one you are likely missing. It will bring countless outfits together, but it has to be the right one. 

This tank, from Banana Republic, is ideal. It sits under a cardigan, long sweater, or blazer. What’s important is the fit. The drape makes all the difference in how your outfit looks. 

When a tank is too tight, or clings to your body, it takes the elegance away from the outfit.

With this tank, you can leave it out, half tuck or fully tuck it depending on the look you are going for. 

Banana Republic does a great job with sizes. This is available in “regular” and petite, from an XXS – XXL. The XXS is equal to a 00 and the XXL fits a size 20. 

Product Details

Price: Originally $64.50, now 40% off, $38.70

Color: Options: Black and White

Sizes: Regular and Petite, from XXS (00) – XXL (20) 

Functionality: Year-round wear, layer or stand alone. Casual or dress. 

I have this tank and lots of other versions of this that I wear frequently, 

With a long cardigan and boots: 

To create a simple “column of color” that makes getting dressed for the office super simple. 

Original post here.

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Basics Building: Layering Tank for Under $40

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Hi Megan, How far does the v-neck part come down? Would you need something underneath? Just curious! Thanks!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Not as far as you'd think. The model on their website is a good gauge until I can get a decent picture of myself in it :)


Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Hi Megan, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m new to this site, but one of the things that drew me to your blog is that you seem to really show picture of the pieces on you, a real person. Seeing a polyvore or a picture of the collection, even if it shows the different ways to wear a piece with other pieces is made so much more informational when you show us the piece on you. You just cannot see the drape, length or subtle details when the piece is just laid out, so thank you for taking the time to do this!

I’m now going one by one through your old posts ( got a lot of time on my hands, hehe) and really getting a sense of how outfits and accessories look on you which really helps me think about how they might do for me. It also is giving me a sense of how someone with fashion sense (that I lack) adds to and subtracts from a wardrobe and how you stay current but stay true to your style. I’m especially liking the way you incorporate all price levels of fashion and giving advice on what to look for in lower priced items so that they don’t scream cheap, but also advising on the importance of high end good pieces.

Bravo! Pam

Susan Hileman

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Thanks for so many good suggestions. I did not really shop much last spring/summer and now I need to catch up. I'm interested in a high waisted pair of girlfriend jeans. I saw a pair that I love at Anthropology but they are $128. That exceeds what I'm willing to pay. Do you have suggestions? I'm about to be 70 so I want something w/o lots of rips. I'm 5'6 but thin and normally wear a size 2. Thanks for all the encouragement that you've provided for each of us who wish to step out in confidence.


Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Thanks Megan! I'm looking forward to going thru the checklist in upcoming posts! Quick question: have you heard anything about this tank in white being see thru at all? Thanks!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

I have it and it's not sheer. I wear a neutral to me tee shirt bra to minimize any visible outline but I feel comfortable wearing it on its own. :)