April 19, 2006

Couture Tanks?

So after all that research I did on tanks the other day, I was suddenly struck by how ridiculously expensive some of the plain tanks were! Check this out:

These two from YaYa for example costs $58 and $49 respectively. The reason for the discrepancy in price here from the same brand is because the one on the left is longer and is a cashmere blend while the black one is shorter and merely cotton- sounds reasonable. A cashmere blend definitely deserves to be more expensive. But appearance wise they DO look very similar.

Then there is this grey tank from T (which I've never heard of) for $51 and this brown tank from Vince for $40. No especially expensive material here.

Next there is the unfinished edge tank (left) from Joie for $48 (at least there is SOME design) and orange tank from Adam + Eve for $42.

Usually I can appreciate and love the difference between the expensive and the cheap. But in this case, I really cannot see why. Do you? Above are two almost identical white tanks. One is $14.50 and one is $55. Which one is the couture tank? (I'll post the answer in the comments later today)


Blogger Rebecca Lander said...

i think the one on the left is the couture tank

4/20/2006 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the one of the left definitely looks better... though that could be partially helped by the model.

4/20/2006 12:56 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I think its the one on the right. I'm not sure why. You're right - there is very little difference!

4/20/2006 1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say the one of the left. The fit is better, the model is more polished, the color of the whole picture a little better.

Course if that's the $14.50 one I'm getting it :) !!!

4/20/2006 1:12 AM  
Blogger chloe said...

I always get my tanks from Topshop. I've always thought how ridiculously overpriced some designers charge for such a simple, basic wardrobe staple.

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4/20/2006 1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

left= couture tank

4/20/2006 2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes the more expensive brands feel and fit nicer. I have a dozen white tanks, but none compare to how soft my white James Perse tank.

4/20/2006 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one on the right because the one on the left is wearing jeans whereas the other is wearing some sort of beige/grey thing that looks designer-ish - I mean, would a couture tank really be worn with jeans?! Even if it is a tank! (Saying all this now, I've proabably gone and guessed the wrong one and made myself look like a right idiot!)

4/20/2006 6:21 AM  
Blogger connie said...

the one on the left - the edges are more "finished," it's cut a little more tailored, it's longer and the material looks to be higher quality.

4/20/2006 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if we are to go with the name of the photo, the one on the left is a norma kamali tank for $55, and the one on the right is gap for $14.5. the left one is longer which apparently is enough to make it more expensive. i like tops that end just shy of my hips though, so i actually prefer the one on the right.

4/20/2006 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's unfair to judge a tank by its picture. I mean you are talking as if the discrepancy in price is solely because of the label, but a lot of the times it is the feel of the fabric, the fit on the body (we can't really judge when the tank is on a size 0 model, can we) and the longevity of the fabric. So before you knock it, go out and see for yourself in a store.

4/20/2006 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I named it the other way around. The tank on the left is in fact from Gap and the one on the right is by Norma Kamali. Bloomingdales just has very bad presentation skills site-wise.

And of course, the quality of the fabric plays a role too, thats why I think the cashmere blend yaya tank's price is justified.

4/20/2006 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can and will make that myself!! i will have no intention on spending so much money on what I can make!!!

4/20/2006 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm not sure but the right girl, probably i choose the wrong one.
Nice blog

4/20/2006 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have any amazing fashion blog. everything you post about are so relative to us!

i like the fact that you featured this because honestly speaking i love my old navy tank more than any thing in the world. its so comfortable and spending like 50dollars on a tank is so riduculous unless you're ivanka trump or whatever.

as for the questionare, id say the right one could be a couture tank! let us know by then!!

4/20/2006 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a lot of factors involved in price. A Gap tank is definitely going to cost way less because 1. they make billions of these thing and fabric and CMT costs are cheaper the more bulk they do and 2. they direct retail, which means the middleman buyer doesn't need to have a cut in the profits. As for the price difference on 2 on top, one fabric could only be a $1 more expensive per yard, but you have to multiply that $1 by manufacturer's markup and the retailer's markup.

4/20/2006 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I´ve got a wide range of tank tops. Glamour-Shades, skinny jeans and my new red flat shoes. I can wear this almost everywhere. Perfect!

4/20/2006 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can't really tell just by looking at two pictures on a website. the value is in the feel. if i can put on a tank top and feel like i'm wearing nothing, i'll gladly fork over $50.

4/21/2006 4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The left! You can tell by the model and picture quality. That model is commonly used in Saks/Neiman Marcus I believe.

4/24/2006 2:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspected the one on the left was cheaper, but only due to the over-tanned model and her out-dated necklace.

BTW, my absolute favorite tanks for layering come from the underwear aisle at a department store.

4/29/2006 3:51 AM  
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