The summer tank top is an essential piece of men’s clothing for good reason. A tank top is a state of mind, a shift in attire that helps you hard shift into casual season. It’s beach wear, it’s workout wear — hell, it’s picking the kids up at camp – wear. But the best tank tops for men are a far cry from what you wore when you were 20 and rocking peak summer style. That’s because the latest are comfortable and stylish but also feature technical fabrics that equal better performance.
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.
The Best Men’s Tank Tops
The Dick's Sporting Goods in-house brand may stile itself as a Lululemon competitor, but its pieces are decidedly more affordable than its Canadian counterpart. We found the companies' fits remarkably similar, and while there's still a difference in seams and other details, there's no question that VRST got a lot of things right.
Much has changed since Lululemon became synonymous with women's yoga tights, and men around the U.S. have come to embrace the company for its fit and feel. The Fundamental Tank washes like cotton, but it blends pima fibers with nylon for smooth touch against the skin. It's also treated with a stink-fighting finish to take you through a few workouts in a pinch. A slim fit tailors the look without being too restrictive.
It takes a lot to challenge Lululemon at its own game, but Vuori is persisting for good reason. Its shorts are cult favorites among guys who are in them every day, and its Strato Tech Tank is in the same vein. Super soft, anti-stink, and, bonus, rated to UPF-30 for sun protection, it's a great choice for both lounging at and running on the beach.
There's lightweight, and then there's the barely-there of Ten Thousand's tank top. While you could rock it in just about any situation thanks to its lack of logos, this is a killer workout machine. Zero-chafe seams, anti-stink coating, fully synthetic materials, and micro-perforations are tailor-made for summertime sweat sessions.
Hey, we'll be the first to admit that sometimes we need five of something. Amazon's Essentials line of gear fits well and looks good, and most importantly, they're affordable and come in a wide range of colors. These tanks are seamless and breathable thanks to a blend of nylon and polyester. If you're looking for buying in bulk, there's nothing better.
Artist-favorite RVCA has distinguished itself by making upgraded basics from boardshorts to button-downs. Its tank, a blend of polyester and elastane, is subtle. Look closer, however, and you'll notice the perforated mesh sides to breathe better during hot days.
It's hard to think of any one company that did more to upgrade the average T-shirt than American Apparel. Its 50/50 Tank, which is made from a blend of cotton and polyester, feels like your favorite vintage top. Slim, affordable, and avaialble in a range of colors, this may just be your new casual summer outfit.
Wool in the warmer months? What's next? Mittens in July? Well, hear us out. Wool breathes exceptionally well, and, when it's thin enough (like this 150-weight tank), it wicks moisture at the vapor level, cooling you down even better than synthetics and cotton. It's also naturally anti-microbial, ensuring that it doesn't grow stinkier the more you wash it. We get that it's a hard concept to wrap one's mind around, but merino may just be the ultimate summertime fabric.
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