Don’t pack away those biceps just yet; even with fall around the corner, there are doubtless a few more warm days left, and with a Southern vacation a quick flight away, there’s still a need for a men’s tank top. While they may be thought of as beach wear, it’s really anytime wear, whether that means a workout, a barbecue, or just picking up the kids from the first day of school. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rules — the best tank tops for men are a far cry from what you wore when you were 20 and rocking peak summer style. Modern iterations are made from premium fabrics, enhanced fits, and are more muted (i.e. without beer logos) than ever before. Consider this list your primer on the modern tank top.
Now, of course, there’s a big difference between a great tank top for men and a men’s tank top that makes you look a little dicey. Like a good t-shirt, tank top fit is important (it should be a bit loose and, length-wise, fall just below the swim trunk tie or belt buckle). So is understanding what looks good on you and how much shoulder and chest you want to show (there’s a fine line between comfort and cringe-inducing). The best tank tops for men, then — be they simple, solid colors or splash enough to make you look like the life-of-the-barbecue — are those that complement your body. Take some time to find the right fit and it’ll make a world of difference. In any case, there are a lot of great options out there. Here are the best men’s tank tops we’ve found.
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The Best Men’s Tank Tops for Exercise
The all-around Versatile Tank from Ten Thousand says it all in the name: This is your do-anything workout top when it comes to getting sweaty. Cut from a blend of polyester for moisture management and Spandex for flex, it's stitched with chafe-free flatlock seams and imbued with an anti-stink silver ion treatment that won't wash out.
Wool in warm weather seems counterintuitive, but when it's woven thing, there's not a better fabric. Smartwool went lean for this performance top, allowing the fiber's natural anti-oder and moisture-wicking characteristics to shine through in all conditions.
Wilson's revamped lineup of apparel refines and elevates activewear. The Harmon top may have 'basketball' in the name, but it's far from exclusive, drawing its mesh pattern from the sport. Stretchy, breathable, seamless, and fast-drying, it's also treated with an anti-odor compound to keep you smelling sweet point after point or rep after rep.
The Best Men’s Tank Tops for Lounging
is an activewear top, if we were nailed down. But it looks so good and feels so soft that we're filing it under the 'everyday' moniker because while you can get a sweat in it, you'll enjoy it just as much around town." price="40"]
Lululemon never fails to blur the line between exercise and leisure, and we won't try to pin it down. But we will highly recommend its Fundamental Tank for extreme comfort with a soft, stretchy fabric that includes Pima cotton, tencel, nylon, and Lycra for a top that would handle a workout well but Saturdays even better.
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