There are few clothing items more polarising than the men's tank top. Originally donned by those looking to maintain privacy in public swimming 'tanks' — which would later become pools — tank tops, also largely thanks to American actors dominating Hollywood in the Forties and Fifties in films like A Streetcar Named Desire, have been the epitome of roguish and rebellious style. Fast forward half a decade (and a little more) and men's tank tops are just as popular as they were with Brando et al., proving that you need a few in your wardrobe once the mercury starts to rise this summer.
That tank tops have permeated the activewear scene isn't so surprising, with almost every single sports brand, from giants such as Nike, Gymshark and Lululemon to off-the-radar brands like Tracksmith and Satisfy tapping into the benefits of the tank. Whether you're after a sweat-wicking number, one to partner with smarter items or just something to keep you cool, we've assembled our guide to men's tank tops below. Sweat patches? We hardly know 'em.
The Best Men's Tank Tops to Wear in 2021
One of Gymshark's OG designs, the Legacy Drop Arm Tank top has a flattering cut and soft-stretch fabric for hassle-free sessions.
This tank top's main USP is Lululemon's smart 'anti-stink' tech, with its quick-drying material that won't stink up your gym bag.
Made with Under Armour's trademark 'ISO-chill' tech, this sleeveless tank keeps you calm and cool when you need it most.
Another stormer from Under Armour and Project Rock, with a standard fit, dropped armholes and smart design.
With mesh ventilation and sweat-wicking fabric, this tank top keeps you cool while you bring the heat.
Nike Running's Aeroswift tank top is cut from recycled Dri-FIT materials that are both lightweight and stretch. Perforations help keep long-lasting dryness and comfort, too.
You can't have a tank top edit without an NBA jersey, right? ThisKyrie Irving Nets Icon Edition 2020 Nike NBA Swingman Jersey is inspired by the pros, with double-knit fabric and 100% recycled polyester fibres.
Usually the house name for smart, no-frills technical wear, the North Face is stepping into the streetwear-adventure game with this K2RM graphic tank top.
It's hard to beat a classic — get two all-black tank tops for less than a tenner at H&M.
With an affordable price tag, PUMA's classic tank top is definitely worth considering.
Switch up your style this summer with a varsity vibe — ASOS Design's tank top is inspired by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, and will look good on anyone.
Whether it's a twice-weekly 5K or a sparring session, adidas' lightweight training tech tank top keeps you cool, even during the sweatiest workouts.
Another solid tank top from the Nike x NBA range, from the Toronto Raptors.