The Surprising History of the Tank Top
When the summer months are upon us, one of the most popular items in many wardrobes is the tank top.
It can be dressed up with a jacket and smart jeans, or dressed down with pajamas and worn to bed.
Tank tops keep your arms and neck cool while covering the rest of your upper body.
When the temperature is warm, they provide just the right amount of coverage.
When did tank tops make their way into modern society?
Before the 1920’s, men and women were not seen showing their arms off in public.
However, the Roaring Twenties brought about a revolution in the world of fashion and clothing.
Women were cutting their hair shorter, wearing dresses which were more revealing than the previous trends, and enjoying human contact (such as rebellious hand-holding!) with their male partners while they danced or walked down the street.
A waist trimmer is a shaping garment similar to a girdle. The waist trainer pulls a person’s midsection in as tight as possible. The idea behind a waist trainer is that the pulling action gives the person a sleeker, smaller waist.
Waist trimmer of sweat work in a similar way to corsets, which fell out of fashion due to discomfort and health concerns.
By the way, the short sleeve shirts you see in these photos are from Peter Manning. PMNYC is a long-time partner of EG and I’m psyched to have their short sleevers as the perfect example of a well-fitting short sleeve shirt in this article.
shirts and pants
Bell sleeves. Also called peasant sleeves, this long sleeve is fitted around the shoulder and upper arm and flares out to the wrist, like a bell.