Who out there loves tank tops? They are so comfortable and versatile. Now I know many of you don’t think Walmart when you think fashion (although seriously–they have some super cute stuff for spring, maxi skirts, adorable tops. . .) but you really should give them a look. When it comes to basics they can’t be beat on price, and I’ve seen in my trips down to the Walmart HQ over the last few years how HARD the apparel team has been working on the clothing selection at Walmart.
For spring Walmart wants to highlight the incredible value of their Faded Glory Tank Tops which are only $3.94 ea ($4.97 for Women’s sizes). They gave me an interesting challenge this month: pick 3 tank tops and make 5 different looks using clothes I already had in my wardrobe. I’m always up for some inexpensive fun with clothes!
In store I found a wide selection of tank tops in the regular sizes, and a slightly smaller variety in the Women’s sizes. Some of the patterns were really cute! They are also far longer then they have been in previous years, coming down to mid thigh on me. LOVE that. For my tank tops I chose a white one, a hot pink one and a melon orange one.
Now I have to admit something. If you haven’t caught some of my references in the past year, I’ve put on a lot of weight. In the last 4 years my weight has crept up and crept up. I’m now about 189 on a 5’2″ frame. I’ve finally decided to put myself first and really make an effort to eat better, cut down on my calories in a healthy way, and start getting more exercise. And it’s working–I’ve lost 1.5 lbs in the last 2 weeks. Still, for now I’m in the Women’s sizes, which are cut with a little more fabric and give for someone who is carrying extra around the middle. I did try on and compare the regular sizing XL with the Women’s sizing 1X, and there was a definite difference.
Since I am not happy with how my belly looks, having it exposed in a form fitting tank top does not make me feel comfortable. I mean it actually IS incredibly comfortable to wear, I just feel lumpy and dumpy in it. So although I probably won’t feel brave enough to wear one like this I made my first look a plain tank top look. I love how this style looks on so many folks–just not thrilled with it currently on myself.
For me the stregnth of the tank top is it’s ability to be layered with so many things. Here I am wearing it with jeans, a belt and a really cute purple cardigan sweater.
It’s also great to wear under a button down shirt, either as an invisible warming layer with the shirt buttoned all the way up, as a visible layer with the shirt partially buttoned or like I show here (clowning around) with the shirt completely open blazer style.
Speaking of blazers, tank tops can look really cute with one! I love that a tank top can keep a blazer outfit from getting too warm. These tank tops are so inexpensive that you can afford to buy a bunch of them to provide a pop of color to all sorts of outfits. This blazer would look fantastic with a white, green, yellow or red tank as well
As I’ve gained weight my proportions have changed. . . and some shirts that used to be fairly modest now have necklines that dip alarmingly. This is another place that tank tops can come to the rescue, like with my raspberry colored wrap shirt.
Of course you can also just toss on a tank top with some shorts or jeans in warmer weather. You can use one as a layer underneath a sheer shirt or one with cutouts that needs something more then just a bra underneath. Tank tops also make GREAT sleep shirts in warm weather!
As an added bonus Walmart asked if my husband would like to try out some of their George Performance Polos. These shirts are great–only $9.94 each, silky and soft with a moisture wicking property that makes them stay cool and dry in hot weather.
Yankee Bill tried a few of this type of shirt from another retailer (at about triple the cost!) last summer and loved how cool it kept him at work. When I asked him to try these on and pose for the camera, he couldn’t help but clown around:
He’ll be wearing these shirts to work a LOT this summer!