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Why Senior Fashion Editor Elle Strauss Is Obsessed With This Muscle Tank

elle's instagrams from the Saint Laurent Fall 2013 preview

In a way, it was designer Hedi Slimane who swayed our Senior Fashion Editor, Elle Strauss, to buy her new Phillip Lim top. A couple weeks ago Elle went to preview Slimane's fall 2013 Saint Laurent collection and mildly freaked out over its babydoll dresses and junkyard treasure combat boots. They seemed straight out of Courtney Love's 1998 wardrobe, and they were the perfect punk pieces—minus the fact that they're super-expensive (you know, Saint Laurent) and not available until fall.

So for a more affordable (and wearable now) option, Elle bought this Phillip Lim muscle tank on Shopbop the other day, explaining that it's "similar to the black t-shirts and tanks I already live in, but a mini-upgrade, thanks to that punk vibe." Dress it up with slim leather pants and pointy-toed heels to nail the street style star blend of fancy and irreverent, or wear it like a '90s mall kid with faded jeans and Converse—either way, it's a little rebellious and completely charming.

Of course, Elle might not be the only one so enamored with it, since it's already sold out in small and medium sizes on Shopbop, so we'd suggest shopping it through the link below, which thankfully has the full size range in stock...for now.

"i heart ny" muscle tank, $115, 3.1 phillip lim, neimanmarcus.com

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