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The 10 Best Tank Tops for Men in 2021
Tank tops for men are staples of gym ensembles and casual warm-weather wardrobes. There’s physically not much to them, they’re super comfortable, and they’re effortless – literally throw one on with your favorite pair of summer shorts and go.
Interestingly, while tank tops are certainly not new (in fact, they’ve been around for about a century – one of many styles that came out of the fabulous Roaring 20s), they’ve been gracing high-fashion runways for the past couple of years. It’s clear this humble classic can do double-duty and be much more than just a gym staple.
However (there’s always a “but,” right?!), the type of tank top you choose is critical. You want it to fit just right – not too baggy or boxy, but not too fitted, either – which means you should pay careful attention to the tank top’s material and cut.
Fortunately, we’ve done the research and scoured the available options for the best tank tops for men. Whether you’re looking for one to work out in, for layering underneath something else, or to rock on its own this summer, we’ve got you covered.
1. Calvin Klein Ultrasoft Stretch Modal Solid Tank
Calvin Klein is synonymous with top-quality undergarments, so it makes perfect sense the designer also makes one of the very best tank tops for men. Modal is perhaps one of the most comfortable fabrics on the planet and combined with a bit of stretch, you may truly never want to wear anything else.
This tank fits very true to size, with a slight bit of relaxing in the body without being either too tight or too loose. The fabric is ultralight, super soft, and has plenty of stretch. Since it comes in white, this tank top is sure to become one of your go-to items of clothing for everything from gym sessions to wearing under a blazer for happy hour with co-workers.
2. Todd Snyder Made in L.A. Tank Top
While (nearly) $60 may seem a bit steep for a men’s tank top, we assure you that this one from Todd Snyder is worth every penny. The designer, who GQ called “the most influential menswear designer of his generation,” has a knack for elevating simple wardrobe staples to outstanding clothing items.
In the case of this Made in L.A. tank top, it’s the fabric and cut that set it apart. 100% premium cotton jersey is lightweight and breathable, and the clean, semi-fitted cut is just about perfect. It stands on its own, looks great under a fitted blazer, and is right at home in the gym.
3. UNIQLO AIRism Cotton Tank Top
As usual, UNIQLO comes in clutch for simple wardrobe staples that also happen to be highly functional, durable, and stylish – all the things. This AIRism cotton tank top, which you’ll only find online (not in stores), is so comfortable that some people swear it’s like wearing nothing at all.
The super soft, super smooth, and super light cotton/polyester/spandex material wicks both moisture and odors away, making it perfect for those extra hot days or especially sweaty gym sessions. We especially love the slightly longer fit, so you don’t have to worry about it becoming a midriff-baring tank. It’s also machine-washable, available in three classic colors, and comes in at an unbeatable price point, so go ahead and treat yourself to all three.
4. Nike Jordan Jumpman Air Graphic Tee
Make a fashion and lifestyle statement with this Jordan Jumpman Air graphic tank. The easy-breezy tank has a nice long, relaxed fit and works well in any casual setting, with its iconic, eye-catching graphics.
Super soft polyester-spandex fabric is as soft and light as cotton, so this tank is perfect for hot days and sweaty gym sessions. The Jordan Air logo, displayed on both the chest and back, features MJ sailing through a hoop to sink a slam dunk. Even if you’re not the biggest basketball fan, these graphics are awesome – and they set the perfect foundation for an athleisure outfit or an elevated gym look.
5. Vans Washed Up Tie Dye pocket Tank
Want your tank top to take you beyond the gym? Check out this “Washed Up”’ tie dye version from Vans. The relaxed-fit tank is ready to take on summer days spent by the pool or at the beach, but it’s just as at home walking around, grabbing a beer with the guys, or yes, at the gym.
This tank top for men is made of 100% cotton and features a soft tie-dye print and a chest pocket with a small, subtle Vans logo tag. It’s super breathable (and bonus, machine-washable), so throw this one on with your go-to summer shorts and head out for whatever warm-weather adventures the day has in store.
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6. Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Sleeveless 2.0k
Looking for a comfortable, functional tank top for men that also happens to be high tech and stylish? Here it is! Lululemon delivers big with its Metal Vent Tech Sleeveless 2.0, specifically designed for training and running.
In true Lulu fashion, this men’s tank top has a slim fit and is designed to be durable and hold its shape even after repeated washes and wears. It also features a seamless, chafe-free design, plenty of mesh for breathability, 100% recycled polyester, and Silverescent technology to fight odors and bacteria. Finally, it comes in a nice array of great-looking colors and patterns.
7. Under Armour Tech 2.0 Tank
Much like Lululemon, Under Armour has a cult-like following and is almost more of a way of life than a fashion label. UA clothing is designed with performance in mind, intended to provide breathability, durability, and a large range of motion. That’s exactly the case with this relaxed-fit Tech 2.0 men’s tank top, made of 100% “dry-fit” polyester.
The scoop neck, dropped armholes, and ultra-lightweight fabric provides exceptional performance for any active pursuit. Also, the high-tech material offers up antimicrobial and moisture-wicking properties, so you get more wear and use with less frequent washing. Finally, three excellent color options and a super-affordable price point mean you can keep a few of these men’s tank tops in regular rotation.
8. Rhone Swift Tank
If you’re looking for a men’s tank top for running or other strenuous physical activity, it’s hard to beat the Rhone Swift Tank. The tank is engineered with loads of technology, making it moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and odor-fighting. Thanks to the ultra-lightweight polyester/elastane fabric blend, it’s also exceptionally breathable and comfortable.
While this tank top is decidedly in the activewear category, it also looks great. The flatlock, chafe-free seams, subtle embroidered logo, and monochrome stripes make the tank stand out just enough to get away with wearing it out as part of a trendy streetwear look.
9. adidas Originals Trefoil Tank Top
Some days and some outfits simply call for a bold logo or a bit of a throwback look – or both. And rising to the occasion is this adidas Originals men’s tank top. Available in a slightly vintage-looking royal blue, the 100% cotton tank features the brand’s iconic trefoil logo in bright white.
The fit aligns well with a comfy throwback piece, as well, not too tight and with the perfect amount of slight bagginess. To nail the effortless throwback athleisure look, pair this men’s tank with a pair of classic adidas Stan Smith sneakers or another pair of casual kicks.
10. J. Crew Slub Cotton Stripe Pocket Tank Top
Tank tops already scream “warm-weather wardrobe.” Add nautical stripes, though, and the combination becomes even more summer-perfect. That perfectly describes this slub cotton tank from J. Crew, and we almost guarantee it’ll be on repeat as long as the sun’s out.
Combining a worn, lived-in look, color blocking with navy blue and stripes, and a perfectly relaxed fit, this men’s tank top looks great with any pair of shorts or even jeans. It features a contrasting chest pocket, is made from 100% sustainable cotton, and also comes in extended sizes including XS, which is exceedingly hard to find.
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Tank top FAQs
Tank tops for men are made from a wide range of materials, just like t-shirts. You’ll find that cotton and synthetic blends, such as polyester, elastane, and spandex are particularly common, but it’s also not at all unusual to find tank tops made from 100% organic cotton or other sustainable materials.
When it comes to men’s tank tops, less is almost always more. Keep the styling simple and pair yours with jeans or shorts – boardshorts, workout shorts, or a nice pair of chino shorts, depending on the occasion. To spice things up a bit, wear a patterned tank top with solid-colored shorts or vice-versa, opt for a solid tank with printed shorts.
Another styling idea for men’s tank tops is to layer. Wear your slim-fit tank under an unbuttoned flannel shirt or even a blazer and finish the look with jeans and your favorite smart-casual shoes.
Tank tops are extremely casual, so you should avoid wearing one in any situations that aren’t. They most certainly don’t belong in an office, at a meeting, on a date (unless that date happens to be a beach day), or at anything that’s even mildly professional or formal.