Class to Night Out: Basic Black Tank

This super basic piece can be worn a million different ways. Here are two of our favorite styling ideas.

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Basic black tank top

One of the worst things about dorm living is the limited closet space, especially when you don’t have room for your two separate wardrobes – one for class, and one for going out. It can be frustrating to decide what gets hung up and what gets shoved under the bed in storage, not to mention the pain of having to completely change outfits just to go out for a few hours at night.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be like this. So many basic pieces can be worn for day or night – saving you your closet space, and your sanity. With just a few changes, you can wear the same thing you wore to class to any evening event, from out with the girls to a dinner date with the BF.

This week, I’ll be covering a wardrobe staple every college girl can dig out of her closet – the basic black tank top.

Basic Black Tank: Class

How to wear a basic black tank top to class with a pink cardigan, pretty necklace, skinny jeans, loafers, and a satchel

Tank – Modcloth, Jeans – H&M, Bag – ASOS, Cardigan – H&M, Necklace – Forever 21, Shoes – Sperry Topsider

Dressing for class doesn’t have to be boring, even with such a simple basic. The best part about a black tank is that it goes with absolutely everything, so feel free to have fun with it! Here, you have room to get really creative with accessories and set yourself apart from everyone else.

For class, you can pair your black tank with a cozy cardigan and skinny jeans or leggings for a look that’s both stylish and comfortable. Shoes should also be functional enough to trek across campus, but cute enough to snag some compliments. (If you live somewhere icy, you’ll probably want to swap the Sperry’s for winter boots right now!) Finish off the look with a satchel for your books and a fun necklace.

Basic Black Tank: Night Out

How to wear a basic black tank top for a night out with a metallic tee, dark wash skinnies, a gold clutch, earrings and statement boots

Tank – Modcloth, Top – Dorothy Perkins, Jeggings – Hollister, Boots – Modcloth, Clutch – TopShop, Earrings – ASOS

At least at my school, evenings out are all about sparkle. It’s easy to go overboard with the glitz, though, so try to stick to one or two key pieces to glam-up your tank top. Swap out your cardigan for a sparkly, semi-sheer top and switch to a dark wash jean for a more sophisticated look. Night is the perfect time to make a statement with your shoes, so try out some cool heeled boots. Pretty earrings and a metallic clutch are fun, but simple accessories.

What do you think?

How do you take your look from class to a night out? Does it help simplify your wardrobe? Leave a comment and let me know, I’d love to hear what you think!

21 thoughts on “Class to Night Out: Basic Black Tank”

  1. The first outfit’s cute. I just wished there were more outfit suggestions in this post because the basic blank tank is something I think every girl has and it’s fun to play around with its possibilities.

    Good post, nonetheless! 🙂

  2. You can get such great jewelry so inexpensively that it makes sense to have a bunch of basic pieces like tanks and just swap out the jewelry depending on the occasion. Scarves are great too!

  3. It would be nice if you did a post like this but instead of going out make it going to work! I’m always running from class to my job with little time to change and it’s such a hassle to drag a completely new outfit work appropriate with me.

  4. I’ve never been the one to wear a black tank for when I’m out with friends, but I really love how you styled the second set! 🙂 The gold and black pair very well together!


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