It’s time for a tank top. As the saying goes, sun’s out, guns out, and with the longer, hotter days of summer comes the need for a great tank top. Whether it’s yard work in the in front, a barbecue in the back, or a workout inside, the summertime is the right time for men’s tank tops.
Breathable, moveable, and oh-so-comfortable, we’re a big fan of tank tops when the temperature makes them not only appropriate but preferable to the standard T-shirt.
But given that you probably want to look more like Hugh Jackman in Wolverine than, perhaps, sloppy and sweaty Danny McBride in Pineapple Express (and let us say here that we’re big fans of Danny McBride), you should follow a few pointers.
First off, get your arms in order and if you work out, focus a little more on your upper body. Next, tame that body hair, meaning, your pits, your chest, and your back, if needed. Just for the sake of everyone else having to look at you. Look to guys like Ryan Gosling for inspiration, because he gets tank top style like the pro he is. Make sure the tank fits you like a glove, but not an undersized one. The simpler, the better. Just for the sake of aesthetics, find tank tops that hit just below your belt loops. And might we suggest avoiding the Y-back muscle tank. You’ll know it when you see it.
Whether you’re a tank aficionado or a new convert, we’ve found our favorites for the coming season.
The Austin-based Howler Brothers is known for making functional, stylish, and yet trend-proof clothing, like this tank top.
Pros: We love the heavy ribbing around the armholes and neck of this tank top. Plus, this tank top is super soft, and super flattering. The screen-printed designs are created using water-based inks that are PVC- and phthalate-free.
Cons: The arms are cut pretty wide, which may not be your thing.
It's always a good idea to dip your toes into the tank top pond, so to speak. And this Champion tank is a great way to start. It's not-so-basic black.
Pros: This black men’s tank is made of ring-spun cotton fabric for extra softness and has a narrow collar for a much more updated fit.
Cons: You won’t stand out in it. Which may be exactly what you want.
This could well be the best basic tank you'll ever buy. It's lean, it's mean, and it's made of a blend of organic cotton, to boot.
Pros: Because this tank top is made from a blend of organic cotton and jersey, it doesn’t get rumpled or wrinkled. It’s lightweight enough to layer, yet cool enough to wear alone. We love the subtle colors, and the easy fit.
Cons: No cons at all, unless you’re looking to pay less.
This striped tank top fits just right. It's neither too tight nor too loose. Plus, it's made 70 percent organic cotton and 30 percent hemp, and is 28 inches long.
Pros: Meet your next tank top, courtesy of a solid sustainable clothing brand. It makes a statement without being obnoxious. And because it’s made partly of hemp, it’ll last you this summer and well beyond.
Cons: If you’re not into stripes, this isn’t for you.
If you've been hitting the gym and lifting weights, get this tank top. It's great for layering, but even better worn solo.
Pros: 2(x)ist’s tank tops are meant for guys who are lean and fit, and are confident wearing clothing that’s on the tighter side. The fabric is thin, be design.
Cons: Well, they’re far too thin for some buyers, so if you want something thicker, these are not for you.
If you want to add a little more flair to your tank, pull on this one, which has vintage stripes on the sides.
Pros: The tank is a blend of cotton, polyester and rayon, so it’s light and comfortable. It’s slim without being too tight, and doesn’t show too much skin. The stripes add a nice, sporty touch.
Cons: The fabric is on the thinner side, which is both a good thing, or maybe not.
Yes, you can wear Nike's Dri-FIT top while working out. But its basic, sleeveless design and moisture management properties make it equally great for firing up the grill, or grabbing a beer.
Pros: If you’re looking for a tank top just for hanging out, with maybe a bike ride or two thrown in, this is the shirt for you. It gives you a wide range of motion, it fits loosely enough to cover any trouble areas, and stays wrinkle-free.
Cons: Not the shirt for anyone who’s not into logos.
The classic workout company has made a tank perfect for summer. Whether or not your pursuits involve sweating, its soft fabric, affordable price, and classic good looks make this a must-have for the hotter months.
Pros: The full-cotton fabric is soft but tailored, with a slim fit and longer length, the latter of which ensures your belly doesn’t pop out while reaching for the charcoal. It has exaggerated armholes for range of motion at the gym and allowing in a summer breezes in while in the backyard. Plus, it has a great vintage vibe.
Cons: If you’re on the fence about logos, this one can be a bit much.
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