As those summer months approach, you want to make sure you have more than just your lightweight shirt or T-shirt to battle the pressing heat. That’s where the reliable tank top comes in. What was once worn by men as undershirts to stay warm during winter in the 20th century has since been popularized by Hollywood’s leading men (think Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire) and menswear designers like Olivier Rousteing and Marc Jacobs as a fashionable way for men to show off their biceps and shoulders and give their underarms some breathing room during the sweltering days of summer.
To get you started, we picked out a few of our favorite tanks for almost any occasion, whether you’re exercising, running errands, or working from home.
Classic collegiate design in an updated performance-focused material. Tracksmith makes a running singlet always ready for race day — and for those intense gaming sessions against your buddies.
A high-end sleeveless shirt with a top-tier design, made with a polyester lyocell blend and featuring a bound crewneck. Pas Normal knocked it out of the park.
Heron Preston for Calvin Klein launched a star-studded campaign to show off this elevated collection. Blissfully soft, unique colors and designs, and a wide variety of garments to choose from — we’re all in for this collaboration. Someone may only see the orange tag when you’re taking this tank off, but when they do see, it’ll let them know you’ve got a taste for the finer things.
This New Balance singlet has a light blue color we love and will match right in line with a pair of the brand’s forever-trusted 3-inch running shorts. We can confirm this is a summer go-to.
ASOS produces affordable staples so any individual can go and overhaul their wardrobe if desired. A three-pack of tank tops comes in white, black, and gray, all made with soft organic cotton. Take note of the roomy cut on these too; we love the silhouette.
A laid-back tie-dye design that doesn’t bombard you with ultrabright colors. What’s awesome about this gender-inclusive tank is it represents Abercrombie’s commitment to donating $200,000 to The Trevor Project for its Pride 2021 campaign.
Into the AM takes its trippy graphic designs and applies them to its 100% ringspun combed cotton tanks. The result? A tailored sleeveless shirt you can rep to the gym or at the EDM festival you just bought tickets to.
A supreme comfort summer tank by none other than TS, garment dyed in this rich greenhouse colorway that will fade tastefully over time.
Who says mesh can only be for shorts these days? A mesh tank like the one above will ensure ultimate breathability while also counting up a few style points.
If you’re opting for a bit more modesty but still want to let your underarms breathe, we recommend this minimalist sleeveless tee from Hiro Clark. Take note: These shirts run large, so make sure to cop a smaller size.
Vuori Tradewind is a perforated performance knit tank with UPF protection and quick-drying features. Wear it to yoga, to pickup basketball, or to snag your morning coffee. Plus, it’s got a front pocket. Pure innovation.
Rhone makes a dang good work pant, so it’s no wonder they also make a dang good performance tank. Grab this olivine color if you wish to distinguish yourself among the seas of grayscale out there.
Volcom makes a West Coast skate style pick when it comes to producing their tank tops. This one is made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester, which means it will have a great feel while guaranteeing stretch. and features a stone embroidery logo.
From chiseling your summer body to building a new deck with your old man, this Carhartt tank is a breathable piece of workwear that will survive every challenge it faces.
A simple organic cotton tank in a gingery red color, this one is great for those on the cycle of eat, gym, sleep.
For all the Comfort Colors fans out there, we present you with its tried and true tank top. Put the pocket tee aside and go with this option every now and then.
If you’re going to have a beer shirt, go with this Budweiser and PacSun collab featuring Budweiser’s classic cursive logo as a sewn-on patch. We like this pick for those days out on the pontoon.
Industry of All Nations makes no-nonsense, 100% organic cotton garments that are undyed and unbleached. These tanks are made at the source from its facilities in India — which is just one of the responsible trade rules Industry is committed to.
Don’t let those fashion snobs shame you out of scooping up these durable tanks from Hanes (probably your go-to underwear as a kid). Made with cotton and available in 20 colors, these are the perfect stay-at-home tops.
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