If you’re looking for the vintage tank tops with narrow straps worn in the Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle, read on.
I’ve had several discussions recently related to certain vintage tank tops. More specifically, those with narrow straps.
Here is a question from a reader similarly related:
Hi Tug – I hope you can help me identify a tank top undershirt.
I’ve attached some shots of shirt I’d like to try and buy.
The video stills are from The Man in the High Castle series. Joe wears them in these shots. It’s set in the 1950’s/60’s.
The tank tops are ribbed with extremely narrow straps.
I have also attached some things I found online (Italian brands?) that look similar?
What do you think?
I’m desperate to hold of something exactly the same.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The Man in the High Castle Vintage Tank Tops
Finding Vintage Tank Tops
Good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question!
I wish I could help you find the exact narrow strap tank top, but sometimes costume designers from movies and shows find limited edition products, or sometimes apparel pieces that are from certain periods of time.
Meaning, they may not be commercially available to purchase. They may even be custom pieces.
I don’t know anything about that show, but it looks like it’s a period piece placed around 1960’s.
If that is indeed true, then the costume designers may have found vintage tank tops somewhere, or even had to custom make them.
There are similar looking ribbed tank top undershirts, such as the ones you’ve found from those Italian brands.
I had a really great email exchange with a guy mid last year who was also looking for a ribbed tank top with narrow straps, and he found the following:
1. Lord Ribbed Tank Tops (link)
2. Moretta Tank Top (link)
3. Several other narrow strap tank tops (link)
As of his last email, his most favorite was the Enrico Coveri narrow strap tank top, though that doesn’t look like the tank top worn by Joe in the High Castle series.
Hopefully the links above will help you find a ribbed tank top undershirt like the one worn by Joe (:
Feel free to keep me posted on your search, as I will likely be writing an article about this exact topic in the coming weeks.
Thank you so much for your comprehensive reply. This is all really useful info.
I managed to track down the costume designer for the series so I may drop her an email too.
I’ll look out for your article on the topic.
Keep up the great work.