If there’s a piece of men’s clothing that could be considered underrated, it’s the tank top. While many of us may associate tank tops with gym bros who wouldn’t physically fit into a t-shirt, the men’s tank top is actually an incredibly versatile piece of clothing that all men should get behind.
Yes, they’re incredibly useful to wear to the gym, as they can help promote greater movement in your upper body, along with offering greater airflow. But, they’re also a perfect summer staple and something that men should feel comfortable wearing even if their arms don’t exactly resemble Chris Hemsworth’s.
Men’s tank tops can also be used as a layering piece, being able to be worn underneath unbuttoned shirts, for example, making for a clean yet casual look that offers instant style points.
Fortunately, men’s clothing brands have realised the appeal of the tank top, and so you’ll now find numerous brands producing their own versions. There are slightly different styles of tank top, and this most usually relates to the width of the material over the shoulder and the size of the opening underneath the armpit. We’ll admit, the tight-fitting tank tops with small straps should probably best be avoided.
Men’s Tank Tops FAQs
What is considered a tank top?
A knitted piece of clothing, covering the upper part of the body that has no leaves. Usually, it has wide shoulder straps and no front opening.
Can you wear tank tops under t-shirts?
Yes. You can wear it under a t-shirt, especially in warm weather as it effectively absorbs chest and back sweat. Also, if your t-shirt is a little coarse, wearing a tank top underneath can help avoid chaffing.
Should tank tops be loose or tight fitting?
It depends on how you want to style it and the purpose for its use. If you want to primarily wear it as activewear, It should fall just below your belt loops and should be a little loose and billowy. It shouldn't be super tight, hugging the skin. However, if you want to wear a super fitted and snug tank purely in the name of fashion, go for it!
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But the search for a game-changing tank top can be a tricky task, so we’ve rounded up the best examples that will see you stroll through summer in style.
Their tank tops are made from Strato tech, a material so soft that Vuori boldly claims their tank top is the "softest piece of workout clothing on the planet". It also wicks away moisture from your skin, perfect for when you're working out or even just taking a stroll around during the day in the sun, and even benefits from UPF 30+ protection.
The Amplify Seamless Muscle Tee is a jersey tank made from seamless knit construction, allowing for extra flexibility through its breathable engineering and heathered design. Complete with four-way stretch and wicking properties, you’ll be able to release your chakras in complete comfort.
Todd Snyder just has the one tank top design in its arsenal, but in true Todd Snyder fashion, it's pretty damn perfect. The Made in L.A. tank top could just be one of the best basic tank tops we've seen. Garment-dyed for rich, unique colour (there are four to choose from) and texture that lasts for a long time, this eye-capturing tank top is made from materials that are super comfy and flattering, proving good style can be attainable and playful too.
While Rhone insists its Reign tank top can be worn from "the beach to the bar and back again," if we had one, we would probably just wear it to the gym. The close cut underneath the armpit gives it a more athletic aesthetic, in our opinion. This is no bad thing, of course, as a workout top, you can't get much better, since Rhone is an absolute king of developing incredibly effective materials for working out.
Lululemon's range includes tank tops well-suited to everyday wear, along with those that are best worn in the gym. The Metal Vent Tech Sleeveless 2.0 is a perfect all-rounder in our opinion, offering a slightly relaxed fit and being available in a good choice of colours. The material itself benefits from Silverescent technology which promises to prevent odour build-up, and a seamless construction prevents chafing.
Their tank tops for men are of some of the highest quality as they're designed for specific weather and styles of exercising. Whether you’re going on a cold run in the morning or working out in the humidity, On Running, have tank tops for every occasion.
Their men's tank tops are created from breathable knitwear that will make you feel exceptionally light and are finished with 'coldblack' to deliver UV protection and minimize heat absorption, perfect for those exposed to sunlight over extended periods.
A leader in simplicity, they offer some of the best tank tops for men, in a huge range of colours and styles, and all for an affordable price. One of their newer pieces, the Critical Drop Arm Tank 2.0 is perfect for training in while complimenting your physique. Made from a combination of cotton and polyester with a hint of elastane for some stretch, you’ll be able to train harder than you have before.
GAP Fit Active tank tops for men are designed to “move with you every step of the way," courtesy of the soft and breathable materials made from 72% recycled polyester.
Whether you’re working out or wearing casually, ASOS Design has a collection of graphic tank tops ranging from the classic V neck tank, a jersey tank, to a scoop neck, there is a bucket load to choose from and many featuring high-quality materials at an affordable price. There's fashionable sportswear too, with many ribbed, camis and knit tank tops, that would pair effortlessly with some high waisted jeans. You can't go wrong.
Abercrombie & Fitch
With enduring quality and excellent comfort, customers globally can express their individuality and style through the brand’s apparel. Their easy-fitting lightweight tank tops not only serve for high-function, but they also offer striking patterns and designs, making you feel confident while staying active.
Their signature white tank top is made from 100% cotton and features a scoop neck, a sleeveless design, and a straight hem. Exceptionally comfortable and perfect for wearing to the gym or the office. Its simple, yet effective design, makes it suitable to add a layer or two. This tank would go well with an overshirt blazer or sports jacket.
It also uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. Their eco-friendly materials limit the number of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. Their soft tank tops are made from Tencel and are soft and smoother than regular cotton. Very flattering as well, with its scoop neck and slim fit style.
Many of their tanks are non-dye, eliminating the dyeing process to help save energy, chemicals and water. Also, singlets are made from organic cotton or recycled polyester. Reebok is not only making sportswear fashionable but eco-friendly too.
While flattering the fibres, Under Armour have created innovative textiles that quickly pull heat away from the skin, designed to keep you cool during some of the most intense workouts. Their Iso-Chill fabric built into their tanks help disperse body heat. Also, not to mention, its four-way stretch construction moves extremely well in every direction, with sweat drying up quickly.
Even today, their singlets and tanks for men are endurable in any workout. Whether you’re playing rugby, going for a jog, there’s a top for every occasion. Their Primeblue tank is a high seller, thanks to its lightweight and robust materials. The top is also moisture-managing and aerodynamic.
NIKE often creates some of the most colourful and unique activewear. These festive tank tops are incredibly lightweight, giving you heaps of mobility while you run.