This Is the Most Useful Item You Can Buy This Summer

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The terms "fashion basic" and "style staple" are not always the clearest or the most objective. After all, what is an essential for one person may be a luxury for another. But in my experience, very few people can argue with the fact that tank tops (or vests for us Brits) remain a core part of our wardrobes all year round, but particularly during the summer months. Whether you prefer to dress yours up with smart, tailored trousers, keep it casual with denim cut-offs or simply use yours to avoid a see-through shirt situation, the tank top is one item of clothing that you're sure to get plenty of wear from when the mercury rises.

While you don't want to mess with the classics too much (for example, you really can't go wrong with a classic white tank top), we've really noticed that the offering this season feels more eclectic than ever, which means you can really pick and choose according to your tastes and wardrobe requirements. I've personally enjoyed the crinkle-effect tops, as seen on Abisola Omole, as they offer a slightly more elevated spin on the classic tank and will look just as good tucked into jeans as they will with matching trousers and strappy heels.

The colourful iterations are also a fab feel-good option and ideal for anyone who doesn't buy into the "50 shades of beige" aesthetic which has proliferated over the last year or two. & Other Stories has a lovely selection of tank tops in eight different colourways, which are sure to be super flattering with their V neckline and ribbed fabric. Weekday is another high-street brand that does a great selection of styles in a wide range of sizes, and this lilac style has particularly caught my eye.

So if you're in the market for a classic tank top to bring out year after year, scroll down to see the styles that we really rate right now.

For weekend casual, try tucking a colourful tank into a pair of denim cut-offs a la Imani Randolph.

Lucy Williams make a very good case for the classic white vest with straight-leg jeans and sneakers.

Classic Racerback

Arket Ribbed Racer Tank (£15)

Raey Racer-Back Wool-Jersey Tank Top (£75)

H&M Silk-Blend Vest Top (£20)

Cotton:On Tank Top in White (£12)

Totême Ribbed Organic-Cotton Blend Jersey Tank Top (£85)

Colourful

& Other Stories Rib Knit Tank Top (£35)

Arket Straight-Fit Tank Top (£29)

French Connection Rasha Ribbed Jersey Tank Top (£20)

Weekday Stella Tank Top (£8)

Monki Cropped Tank Top (£8)

Textured

Pleats Please Issey Miyake Basic High Neck Plissé Top (£175)

Molly Goddard Bella Striped Cotton-Blend Sleeveless Sweater (£300)

H&M Ribbed Vest Top (£18)

Simon Miller Aukai Turquoise Ribbed Jersey Tank (£130)

COS Sleeveless Ribbed Top (£25)

Knitted

COS Slim-Fit Knitted Vest (£35)

Staud Ares Shell-Button Scoop-Neck Tank Top (£145)

H&M Cashmere Vest Top (£50)

Chloé Scoop-Neck Striped Cotton Knitted Tank Top (£565)

Theory Flared Rib Tank in Stretch Knit (£235)

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