Happy Friday! Today I’m wearing the Imogene + Willie Vintage Ribbed Racerback Tank. Inspired by vintage military tanks, this style made a comeback this summer and there have been various iterations of it all over my Instagram feed.
I didn’t really “style” it – a tank like this doesn’t need it, just some denim – but I thought I’d write a review since $72 is steep for a tank top.
This tank is 100% cotton in a ribbed fabric and is made in the USA. It is thick and sturdy, unlike most women’s tank tops which are often practically threadbare. I am not wearing a bra but I feel supported enough in it, surprisingly. And, I don’t think a bra would work well with this style anyway. It’s snug and a strapless bra would interrupt the style’s clean lines, but some silicone petals could possibly work if you wanted more coverage.
Sizing on this is tricky – the thick fabric means it runs small. I+W suggests sizing up one size on their website for this item. I typically wear a small, but sometimes an extra small in brands that run large or are more menswear inspired (such as Tradlands). A small is my standard size however, so I sized up to a medium. The medium ended up being both too long (I am 5’3″) and cut too large under the armpits (hello, sideboob), though it fit okay in the body. I exchanged it for a small, for better fitting coverage in the chest. So, if you’re short or are worried about chest coverage, I’d recommend ordering true-to-size.
Imogene + Willie was founded in 2009 and is based in Nashville, TN. The brand started out just simply wanting “to sew a good jean for both men and women that fit perfectly.” Or, as they say “more precisely”, to make “perfect jeans for our imperfect bodies.” Now, they sell a range of tops and accessories in addition to their denim.
I think this tank is certainly worth what I paid – while trendy now, it’s hardly a style that will ever be considered “out.” I’m impressed with the quality of the fabric and construction, and am looking forward to wearing it for years to come!
Do you like vintage-inspired clothing, or do you prefer to go straight to vintage shops? I like both, but I do love the ability to get the exact size and color I need from something that is vintage-inspired.