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Lace-Up Cami Comparison

Lace-Up Cami Comparison

I have actually owned one of these lace-up camis for almost a year now, and it’s one of my favorites. That cami sparked the idea for this post, because I wanted to know if I overspent on the one that I have or if I was missing out on something not having the original Cami NYC Charlie top. So, I bought 3 versions of the popular lace-up cami tank top at varying price points to compare them and tell you which one is the best value!

Lace-Up Cami Comparison

Amazon Lace-Up Cami Tank Top

Buying Experience:

I ordered this cami from Amazon. The first tip-off it wasn’t going to be great were the images used on Amazon. They are either images from the Cami NYC top on Revolve, or a pixlated cropped image of DTKaustin (used without permission) wearing a Cami NYC top. Most of the options for this top were taking weeks even months to ship here and cost an additional $13 or so dollars to ship. I did find that would be delivered within a couple of weeks and did not require extra payment for shipping. When it arrived it was packed in the thinnest plastic packaging folded into quarters. This thing was smaller than am envelope! Then, I had to lace it up myself with the obnoxiously long strings (also, what do you do with the ends?)


$2.14-$10.99 The one I ordered was $6.99.




It fit extremely small, ran short, and barely covered my petals. I’d size up two if you do want to try. I had to pull the string so tight just to cover myself, it ended up pulling the fabric in an unflattering way. The lace doesn’t reach the hem of the top, and it overlaps at the bottom making the string pull the sides in weird directions.


This was not a quality piece of clothing. From the stretchy polyester-blend fabric to the shoe string I laced through the giant holes in the lace, not a great piece. It is only partially lined which looks more like it was to help hide the seams rather than actually add a layer.

Overall Opinions:

I think you’ve probably assessed by this point that I was definitely not a fan of this top. Not even worth the little money you would spend on it. I photographed it so you can see the awkward proportions.

Lace-Up Cami Comparison | Running in Heels | Blonde wearing lace-up cami from Amazon in black, DL1961 denim, and Italeau booties while carrying an ALexander Wang Rockie bag.

Lace-Up Cami Comparison | Running in Heels | Blonde wearing lace-up cami from Amazon in black

WAYF Lace-Up Cami

Buying Experience: 

WAYF Poise Lace-Up Cami tank top is sold at many of the big department stores, so buying experience will vary depending on where you prefer to shop. I picked mine up on a whim from Nordstrom, but it is also available at Shopbop, Bloomingdales, Dillards, etc. They do rotate through seasonal colors, but black and white seem to be in stock almost always.






The XS fits perfectly on me. The length hits right around my hips, the lace up hits me perfectly so you don’t see my petals, and it’s comfortable. The deep V comes to about the middle of my rib cage. it’s fully lined, so I’m comfortable wearing it all night long!


The quality hasn’t been an issue for me. It is polyester but closer to a chiffon material, and it is dry-clean only.

Overall Opinions: 

This is the top I’ve had for months now, and wear very frequently. I love it.

Lace-Up Cami Comparison | Running in Heels | Blonde wearing lace-up cami by WAYF

Lace-Up Cami Comparison | Running in Heels | Blonde wearing lace-up cami by WAYF, DL1961 denim, and Italeau boots while carrying an ALexander Wang Rockie bag.

Cami NYC Lace-Up Cami

Buying Experience: 

I ordered two sizes, one from Revolve, and one from Cami NYC. I ordered from Cami NYC when they were having a sitewide sale. Heads up, any items on sale are not refundable (I didn’t realize this but they had amazing customer service and helped me out). Read through their return policy carefully before ordering, or be 100% on your purchase. Packaging from Cami NYC was amazing. The cami tank top came in a gorgeous branded box tied with a bow. Inside the cami was wrapped in tissue paper. They really take care to produce a beautiful package and product which is something I love about a company.






Honestly, I was really disappointed in the fit. I tried the XS and XXS. The XXS was too tight around the chest (which I had been told prior to) I decided to try both sizes since I wasn’t sure, though. Since the XS fit better I’ll talk about that one’s features. It did fit better in the chest, but if you have a larger chest you will need to size up. The issue is the lace up was too wide-set for me, and the V came down to the bottom of my rib cage. I do have very narrow shoulders, so this is likely an isolated incident, but my petals showed through the lace up and the lace. Had I not been wearing them the top would have been wildly inappropriate. 


The quality of Cami NYC’s Charlie cami was higher than the others. It is 100% silk shell with polyester lining, dry-clean only, and fully lined. The white was NOT transparent.

Overall Opinions: 

I really wanted to like this top. I ordered it in white thinking I would love it and want to keep it (and not have the same color as my WAYF one). Unfortunately, with the lace up, it was not a good fit for me. Maybe I’ll try another style one day because the quality is truly amazing. I do think it’s a high price, but factoring cost per wear it would probably be worth it for me since I wear my camis very often.

Lace-Up Cami Comparison | Running in Heels | Blonde wearing a white lace-up cami by Cami NYC

Lace-Up Cami Comparison | Running in Heels | Blonde wearing lace-up cami by Cami NYC in white, DL1961 denim, and Italeau booties while carrying an ALexander Wang Rockie bag.

Which one is the best?

I’m sure you’ve figured out already that I think the WAYF Poise cami tank top is the best value for the product if you’re going for looks. If it fits you properly, and you’ll wear it often I do recommend trying out the Cami NYC Charlie top. I plan to try other styles from them and hope they fit better!


Lace-Up Cami Comparison | Running in Heels | Blonde wearing 3 different lace-up camis from Amazon, WAYF and Cami NYC




  1. October 8, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    My favorite one is the white one from Revolve! It looks so cute on!

  2. October 8, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Oo I love this post idea – I have definitely seen this style cami a lot and been considering getting one – now I know I’m going to get the WAYF one. Thank you!!

  3. October 8, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I LOVE Cami NYC I have one in White and one in Black in size XS. Great round up!

    xoxo Sarah

  4. October 8, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    I adore the outfit so much. You are such a doll!

    • November 18, 2018 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks so much Megan!

  5. October 9, 2018 / 8:26 am

    The white one is definitely my fave! So pretty on you! I wish I could pull off this style but I’m a 34D so it’s not happening haha!

    • November 18, 2018 / 10:26 pm

      I love d that one too, it just didn’t fit properly!

  6. Mandy
    October 9, 2018 / 9:37 am

    I seriously love your for reviews. This is so so helpful!! Thank you 🖤🙌🏼

    • November 18, 2018 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much for reading, Mandy! I’m happy I could help!

  7. Liz
    October 9, 2018 / 10:06 am

    These are all so cute! The white one is my favorite!

  8. October 9, 2018 / 11:55 am

    This was super helpful because I’ve been wanting to get the WAYF option for some time now but have a pretty big chest and was worried that it would be more trashy than cute, but I may have to give it a try now!

    xo, Sara

  9. October 10, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this post! I have been wanting the Cami NYC one for the longest time but glad to hear your thoughts and get a side by side comparison.

    xo, Laura

  10. Nataly
    October 15, 2018 / 7:07 am

    I have to say the WAYF cami is my favorite out of the 3! Such a good price and it is super flattering!

  11. ashley hargrove
    October 15, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    I LOVE this post! You know I love these tops and literally wear them any chance I get! I don’t like the stupid Amazon people that steal my photos tho! UGH!!

  12. October 15, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    this is such a good post – i love the comparison across the price points!

  13. Chloé Arnold
    October 18, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Soooo many cute camis!