STYLE & BEAUTY
06/21/2012 11:46 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Tank Tops That Are Totally Office-Appropriate (PHOTOS)

We are in the midst of a heat wave and it is hotter than Hades in New York City. You know the drill: Slather on the sunscreen, put on your tank top and shorts, grab your hat, shades and out you go.

The summer staple is named after the one-piece bathing costumes of the 1920s worn in tanks or swimming pools. Over the years, I have amassed quite a collection of tank tops, from spaghetti strap and racerback striped and neon pink. But this summer as I went to grab a shirt, I realized that it wasn't exactly office-appropriate: The scoop neck was cut way too low, and the fabric was sheer enough to show off what my mama gave me.

The solution is easy: Layer the tanks for coverage. With one on top of the other, you can mix up styles (a racerback looks cute paired with a more traditional tank) and hues (here is where you can try color blocking without buying any additional clothes). But before you head to work in a tank top, check your office dress code, and make sure you have a light jacket or scarf as backup. Don't worry about being too hot either. As long as the fabric is a lightweight cotton or linen, your skin can breathe and you'll stay cool.

Here, nine tanks for under $50 that will get you through the summer heat without sacrificing style (or your budget).

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