Sun’s Out, Guns Out: The Best Tank Tops for Men to Wear This Summer

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You’d never think that a men’s tank top could be high fashion, but not only was it all over the Spring 2020 menswear fashion shows, but it also showed up again at the Spring 21 shows. Rick Owens created tank tops that ended an inch or two above the knees. Ami, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, and yes, Rick Owens showed mesh tank tops, while other designers like Dior Homme had them in pastels. Nautical-inspired stripes also popped up on Burberry’s and a couple of other designers’ runways too.

Despite what we may have seen on the runway, this summer, the best tank tops for men are more likely to come from Todd Snyder or H&M rather than Givenchy. There’s always been a runway vs. reality debate when it comes to clothing and trends. Let’s be honest, in real life, we dress for comfort. We dress for the weather, and we only dress up when we really have to. So when it comes time to pick the best men’s tank tops, we prioritize easy to care for fabrics and price over high fashion.

The best tank tops for men are the ones you can take to the beach and then toss in the wash. In this post, we’ll share our favorite men’s tank tops for the summer season, plus give you some tips for dressing up this classic beach look.

How To Style the Best Men’s Tank Tops

If you want to rock the “new new” looks of the season with your men’s tank top collection, there are easy ways to show off your sophisticated fashion sense without sacrificing comfort or your budget. This summer, the most stylish men’s tank tops feature lively prints like those seen in various Spring 2020 menswear collections. Look for men’s tank tops in designer-inspired Hawaiian, abstract, tie-dye, floral,  stripes and leopard prints. Bright neon hues were also a big runway trend (because the 80s will never die), so wearing jeans or men’s shorts with a men’s tank top in a bright shade can show off your cool.

For guys that want to try an oversized tank similar to Rick Owen’s, with a few tweaks, you can avoid looking like you’re wearing your dad’s hand-me-downs. Here’s a proportion trick to use so you never look sloppy: when wearing something loose, pair it with a well-fitted item. Try the oversized tank with slim-fit or skinny jeans. Tuck in the edge of the top into one side of the waistband, and let the other front side fall loosely over the waistband.

You can also wear tank tops as an undershirt to pull off another classic look. Simply wear an unbuttoned button-down shirt over a tank top and pair it with chinos or jeans. It’s work-friendly, and you can peel off (or not) the top layer when you hit happy hour. For a more polished look and bolder, pair a tank and jeans combo with a blazer.

The most important thing when shopping for the best men’s tank tops is choosing the fabric wisely. Any fabric that doesn’t breathe (polyester, silk, rayon and some cotton blends) is going to leave you a sweaty mess. If you’re hitting the beach, amusement park or having brunch al fresco, the last thing you want is a shirt that sticks to your skin.

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1. Volcom Solid Heather Tank


This tank is like the best magic trick ever invented. Need something to wear with shorts, jeans, or under an unbuttoned shirt? This is the tank that looks great no matter how you wear it, or what you wear it with. Volcom’s cotton tank is cut on the trendy longer side, so you can tuck up one side, and let the rest hang over the beltline. It also comes in black and white.

Volcom-Solid-Heather-Tank Courtesy of Amazon

2. H&M 2-Pack Regular Fit Tank Tops


Honestly, we should just hand over our wallets to H&M, as they always have the best deals on stuff we want. Take this tank top two-pack for instance.  This tank top is cut in the newest silhouette, a straight cut with a slightly longer hemline. This cotton blend comes in fashionable shades like the khaki green/light gray combo show below, but it also comes in a dark blue/dark gray combo, a black combo and a white one too.

HM-2-Pack-Regular-Fit-Tank-Tops Courtesy of H&M


3. Todd Snyder Made in L.A. Tank Top


Todd Snyder is one of those designers that just gets it. He understands what real guys want in clothing, what they need and how they really dress. He’s created a tank top that comes in more colors than a pack of Skittles and is just as tasty. Garment dyed in a choice of six colors, this cotton jersey tank is made in Los Angeles and has a nice textured finish.

Todd-Snyder-Made-in-L.A.-Tank-Top Courtesy of Todd Snyder

4. Billabong Graphic Tank Top


Prints, especially vintage prints, have made a comeback — oh let’s be honest, they’ve never really gone away, but now they’re a hot item. We’ve covered how vintage style is cool, and this Billabong Tank really exemplifies how cool vintage graphic prints can be. The navy tank has thin lines that are placed over a faded background.

Billabong-Graphic-Tank-Top Courtesy of Amazon

5. Amiri Bandana-Jacquard Cotton and Cashmere-Blend Tank Top


If you’re going to indulge in something, a cashmere tank is a pretty good choice. Created by a designer whose items have been worn by music legends, this bandana print cashmere cotton-blend tank top has a leading role vibe.

Amiri-Bandana-Jaquard-Cotton-and-Cashmere-Blend-Tank-Top Courtesy of Mr Porter


6. CaliDesign Bandana Print Tank Top


So, say you’re digging the bandana print tank, but the price tag is a bit much. Well, you can snag this tank top that seems to be inspired by the above design. Made from cotton, this tank’s easy to care for too. Try it with baggy jeans and white sneakers.

CaliDesign-Bandana-Print-Tank-Top Courtesy of Amazon

7. Adidas Originals Logo Print Cotton Jersey Tank Top


When lockdown hit us all, we burrowed into our athleisure wear. Hoodies, joggers, tees, all done in feel-good cotton. Lockdown may have lifted, but our love of all things athleisure hasn’t waned. Designers listened, and athleisure styles will be around for a long time to come. You can’t get any more athleisure than wearing one of the OGs of activewear. Made of soft cotton, with the immediately identifiable logo on the front, this tank can be worn at the gym or the pub.

adidas-original-tank-top Courtesy of Mr Porter

8. Forever21 Tropical Print Tank Top


Two top summer trends are combined the right way in this tank top. For spring ’21, menswear designers showed lots of floral prints (check) and warm weather always brings back the classic Hawaiian print (double check). Priced right, this tropical print tank top will see you through the summer.

Forever21-Tropical-Print-Tank-Top Courtesy of Forever21

9. Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Sleeveless 2.0


Cut on the loose side, Lululemon’s tank top can be worn for yoga, on a run, or at the beach. The super cool thing about this tank top is that the fabric is treated to stop odor-causing bacteria in its tracks. You could wear this tank to work out, and after air drying it, wear it back to the gym and it won’t stink up the room. It comes in three other colors and a black camo print. Plus we’re suckers for Lululemon’s activewear.

Lululemon-Metal-Vent-Tech-Sleeveless-2.0 Courtesy of Lululemon

10. Moschino Embroidered Logo Tank Top


Wearing designer logos has become such a phenom, that it’s got its own name, “logomania.” Moschino’s always had a knack for creating quirky designs that cheekily capitalize and make fun of the house’s name, and this tank top is a great example of their creativity. Slightly long, cut on the loose side, the embroidered tank could be worn with swim trunks, shorts or jeans.

Moschino-Embroidered-Logo-Tank-Top Courtesy of FarFetch

11. J.Crew Slub Cotton Pocket Tank Top


Every summer, nautical stripes can be found on any and everything. They’re a perennial summer favorite. Doesn’t hurt that Burberry, Boss and Casablanca showcased stripes for summer ’21 too. Priced a few hundred dollars less than a designer tank top, J. Crew delivers style and comfort with this cotton tank.

J.Crew-Slub-Cotton-Pocket-Tank-Top Courtesy of J. Crew

12. Vans Box Logo Graphic Tank Top


If you’re looking for a graphic print tank, you can’t go wrong with OG skate brand, Vans. Their clean design is eye-catching and cool. The cotton tank is a slim fit and has a crew neck. Try it over an unbuttoned denim shirt and your favorite shorts.

vans-box-logo-tank Courtesy of Nordstrom

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