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Tank top dresses are the understated summer trend you need in your 2023 wardrobe

The simple staple is ultra-wearable...

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Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: May 18, 2023
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Often, perfection lies in simplicity – and this summer's most understated dress trend is no exception. Never again will you underestimate the power of a brilliant basic, as the tank top dress has proven itself to be stylish and ultra-versatile in equal parts this season.

Think about it – and it makes total sense. Capturing the easy-breezy wearability of a simple tank and transforming that into a dress is borderline genius. Holiday dressing is all about breathable, lightweight fabrics, and therefore spending our summer sporting a cotton ribbed-knit dress, paired effortlessly with a padded mule or a chunky flatform sandal, is most definitely on the agenda this year.

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The beauty of the tank top dress lies in the fact that all lengths are seriously flattering. Kendall Jenner paved the way in Loewe's cult design – the blur print maxi – but that's not to say that we aren't absolutely loving Hunza G's bold-hued crinkle mini dresses, as well as an unexpectedly vibrant crochet midi number, courtesy of London-based label Kitri.

Heralding sleeveless shapes for summer might seem redundant, but it cannot be denied that a jersey stretch fabric is hugely suited to the season. Plus, in tandem with the slightly more modest necklines that tend to feature in tank top dresses, stretch fabrics work wonders when you want to show off your figure with an air of sophistication. 

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Hello! Fashion shares our favourite tank top dresses to shop this season:

  • Best Tank Top Dresses

    Blue tank top dress

    Ribbed tube dress

    Add a touch of blue to your summer wardrobe with this cornflower-hued ribbed piece by Cos.

  • Black tank top dress

    Cutout stretch-jersey mini dress


    Make a major poolside statement with this daring piece by Versace. Layer over a vibrant bikini to make the most of the cut-outs.

  • Ruched floral-print tulle midi dress

    Ruched floral-print tulle midi dress

    Jean Paul Gaultier

    Inspired by the label's noughties archive, we could totally see this piece fitting into Kendall Jenner's summer wardrobe. Pair with kitten heels and a buckle shoulder bag for major Y2K vibes. 

  • Cream tank top dress

    Daniela crochet-knit maxi dress

    Haight X Mari Giudicelli

    Holiday fashion lends itself to loose shapes and breathable constructions, and this crochet beach dress by Haight ticks both boxes.

  • Black tank top dress

    Icon recycled-bandage midi dress

    Hervé Léger

    Get acquainted with this holiday hero piece: the SLBD. (That's the 'Summer Little Black Dress' by the way - feel free to thank us later.)

  • Orange tank top dress

    Opening textured dress

    This affordably priced bold, orange midi will take up practically no extra space in your carryon. Did somebody say "last-minute city break"? 

  • Rib-knit tank maxi dress


    Totême excels in uber-flattering silhouettes, and this figure-skimming khaki piece is a case in point. Style with knotted slides and cat-eye sunglasses for a sense of effortless cool.

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