See Out the Summer in Tank Tops

See Out the Summer in Tank Tops

The best way to deal with the heat? Lose the sleeves.

Best men's tank tops in 2021

You’ve tried everything. The air conditioner is on full blast, the ice maker is on twenty-four-seven, and you're still somehow sweating. There's really only one answer to keeping it cool on the sultriest of summer days, and that's minimal clothing ... so, adios the sleeves. Guaranteed lightweight, and without the inevitable cotton-tee pit-stains, tanks are the perfect airy layer for when even a breezy polo isn't going to cut it. Sun's out, guns out, right? The best sleeveless shirts style one of a couple of ways, the most common being a performance-oriented top. This athletic model often boasts a merino or synthetic fabric and sleek, form-fitting cut, built to handle sweat and show off your muscles while doing so. The classic cut-off look is back in force, too, with everyone from a fan-favorite actor to boutique running brands taking a page out of the '80s bodybuilder lookbook (thank you, Arnold). Simple is in, as well—a fitted, ribbed tank might just be the top of the summer.

There are plenty of ways to tackle tank top takes in 2021. If you've opted for a sportier model, try to avoid the cargo shorts and beat sandals, and go with athletic bottoms instead. The aforementioned cut-off pairs immaculately with a pair of short shorts—if you spent all of last year working on your summer body, why not show off the bi's and the quads? Or, if you're feeling adventurous, try a pair of jorts (bonus points for self-cut shorts). The ribbed tank is best worn with a pair of large, loose pants for a nice contrast and a trendier look. However you wear them, don't forget that confidence is key (and a few extra push-ups can't hurt). Browse our picks below for the best tank tops of the season.

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The Best Tanks
for Summer 2021

Todd Snyder + Champion Sun-Faded Muscle Tee

Sun-faded muscle tee,
$60 / $49 by Todd Snyder + Champion

Mack Weldon 18-Hour Jersey Rib Tank

18-hour jersey rib tank,
$28 by Mack Weldon

Zara Tie-Dye Print Cutoff

Tie-dye print cutoff,
$39.90 / $15.99 by Zara

adidas Inter Miami Sleeveless Jersey

Inter Miami sleeveless jersey,
$45 by adidas

Tracksmith Strata Singlet

Strata singlet,
$88 by Tracksmith

Rhone Reign Tech Performance Tee

Reign tech performance tee,
$64 by Rhone

Lululemon Always Agile Tank Top

Always agile tank top,
$58 by Lululemon

UNIQLO Dry-Ex Tank Top

Dry-ex tank top,
$19.90 by UNIQLO

Hanes Comfort Tank

Comfort tank,
$16.99 (for a six pack) by Hanes

J.Crew Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton Tank

Garment-dyed slub cotton tank,
$24.50 by J.Crew

Everlane Organic Cotton Tank

The organic cotton tank,
$18 by Everlane

prAna Prospect Heights Tank

Prospect heights tank,
$35 by prAna

Vuori Zephyr Muscle Tee

Zephyr muscle tee,
$48 by Vuori

ON Running Tank-T

Tank-T,
$69.99 by ON running

Gymshark Critical Cutoff Sleeveless Tee

Critical cutoff sleeveless tee,
$20 by Gymshark

Nike Greece National Team Basketball Jersey

Greece national team basketball jersey,
$129 by Nike

Homme Plisse Issey Miyake Technical Pleated Jersey Tank Top

Technical pleated jersey tank top,
$170 by Homme Plisse Issey Miyake

DIY (Done Right)

Sometimes, the best sleeveless look is one you can’t buy. Chop the arms off your favorite trashed, thrashed and frayed vintage tee for the most authentic version of the phrase “cut-off.” Don’t worry about precision.

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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