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Le Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles

A line of body-skimming basics inspired by Belgium's wife-beater equivalent, the marcel

by Ami Kealoha in Style on 24 June 2010

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The classic white tank top—worn for ages by everyone from business men to construction workers—is a wardrobe staple. While several brands already reinvent the original, like American Apparel, Petit Bateau, and Schiesser, we lately have our eye on Belgium's playfully seductive Le Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles to fulfill our nouveau wifebeater dreams.

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Constructed out of strong yet comfortable cotton, each garment Marcel de Bruxelles produces—now including dresses and sweaters—is durable and easy-to-wear, modeled after the everyday clothing of previous generations. The label takes its inspiration (and name) from the classic Belgian equivalent of the white tank, the marcel.

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Each Marcel features cuts designed to "make your upper-body immortal," fitting closely to the body but still allowing mobility. Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles applies their simplicity and reliable fabrics to a range of styles for men, women and children.

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Some styles sell online from Yoox. For those in Brussels, check out Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles' new B-ILD-designed flagship store.

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