If you ask me, there are a few clothing items that are essential to building a well-curated wardrobe. There’s the white T-shirt, which comes in various silhouettes, shades, and levels of opaqueness; the pair of jeans that fits just right; a slightly slouchy trench coat; a white poplin shirt that doesn’t easily wrinkle; a leather jacket of your choosing (I prefer a Prada-inspired oversize version); and of course, a bevy of white tank tops, which are the ultimate base layer or only layer for that matter.
As shown at the most recent Prada show, the basic that can likely be found in every T-shirt or underwear drawer is more than just an afterthought. Rather, it’s an essential piece of the puzzle that is your wardrobe, one that can be worn in dozens of ways—with sheer midi skirts, big bomber jackets, Mary-Jane pumps, and more. On the Milan streets outside of the shows, another influential name in fashion debuted an alternative way to wear a white tank: Bella Hadid.
In between Milan Fashion Week shows, the supermodel was photographed styling the basic with a knit shorts-and-sweater set, knee-high Prada boots, and black tights. Accessories-wise, she mostly went the Chanel route, adding a vintage pair of sunglasses and a black top-handle bag. Suffice to say, she looked effortless and chic, in part due to her top of choice.
Where Hadid got her white tank top remains TBD, but I know where I get mine, and it won’t set you back any more than $13. For years, I’ve been purchasing—dare I say—the perfect tank in packs of three or more on Amazon. And while I’d like to keep the secret forever, after seeing it at Prada and on Hadid this week, I can’t in good faith gatekeep my go-to tank any longer. Shop my favorite basic and more wardrobe essentials below.