When trying to stay cool in the summertime, the less clothing you have to wear, the better. While lightweight tops like camp collar shirts invite a cool breeze, the unbearably hot days call for something with even less fabric—like a tank top or A-shirt, which is short for "athletic shirt." Here are 10 sleeveless shirts you can wear as a base layer under a button-up or on their own when the temperatures soar.
1. These moisture-wicking Hanes tank tops
Wearing a tank top as an undershirt is an easy way to keep perspiration off of your actual clothes. If you want something to soak up sweat but don’t want to spend a lot, Hanes offers a six-pack of its ribbed cotton-polyester tank tops for $20. That's almost enough to wear one every day of the week. The shirts come in men’s sizes S to 3XL and in multi-packs of white or grey and black.
They currently have a 4.6-star average rating on Amazon from more than 31,000 reviewers. “Great product!” one person says. “I love them, super comfortable. The only downside is that my wife loves them as well and keeps stealing them!”
2. This silky Tommy John tank top
Tommy John is best known best for its soft undergarments and loungewear, so it should come as no surprise that its men’s tank top boasts the same luxury feel. It’s made from a blend of micromodal and elastic, which gives it a silk-like texture along with stretch for a flexible and smooth layer. Tommy John claims that it’s designed in a way that keeps the shirt from untucking itself. It comes in men’s sizes S to 4XL and is available in black or white.
This tank top has a 4.8-star average rating from more than 200 reviews. “I don’t wear any other brand of undershirts,” one reviewer raves. “No bunching or sliding, pure light fitting comfort.”
3. This mesh Urban Outfitters tank top
If maximum air circulation is what you’re aiming for, this tank top from Urban Outfitters offers plenty of perforation. It sports mesh throughout the shoulders and body and is made from sheer cotton. It comes in men’s sizes S to XL and in cream, green, or black.
“These are some great summer tops,” one person raves. “Dress it up or down, wear it to the beach, or wear it to a date. Whatever!”
4. This sporty Gap tank top
This tank top from Gap has a high collar instead of the standard scoop neck, making it similar in style to a muscle tee, or sleeveless T-shirt. It’s made from a blend of recycled polyester and smooth modal, so it should regulate moisture and keep you cool. It comes in men’s sizes S to XXXL and is available in green, navy, black, grey, and dark blue.
“Awesome fit for my 6-foot-1 husband,” one customer says. “He mainly runs and lifts. It's lightweight and long in the torso.”
5. This faded slub J.Crew tank top
Seeking a vintage look? J.Crew offers a tank top with a chest pocket in an array of faded colors. It’s made from slub cotton—a process where cotton is twisted prior to weaving—which gives the fabric a laidback, textured appearance. Best of all, it won’t just look worn-in—it’ll also feel it. It comes in men’s sizes XS to XXL and in black, navy, pink, and green.
“I got this to layer under camp shirts and it's perfect,” one reviewer raves. “Breathes well and is comfy, and the blue goes well with a lot of clothes.”
6. This throwback Bonobos tank top
For a sporty, retro look, consider Bonobos’ two-tone iteration of the classic tank top. It features color accents on the neck and shoulder seams, similar to a style of ringer tees popular in the ‘70s. In that old-school fashion, it fits slim and close to the body. It comes in men’s sizes S to XXL and in navy, lake blue, and tie-dye mint.
”A great shirt that can be dressed up or down,” one customer says. “Fits really well. I love it.”
7. This feather-light Uniqlo tank top
Japanese retailer Uniqlo’s AIRism clothing line offers lightweight pieces that dry quickly and claim to control odor, making them a popular choice in the summertime. This micro mesh tank is breathable, comfortable, and stretchy, thanks to its nylon and elastic fabric. It also has a raw cut hem, which makes it feel extra-looser and less constricting than some other tank tops. It comes in men’s sizes XS to 3XL and is available in white, navy, or black.
“Really love this lightweight fabric,” one reviewer says. “Looks good, feels good. A world away from the claggy cotton man sacks I used to wear.”
8. These colorful Amazon tank tops
Why buy your tops one at a time? These lightweight tank tops come in three-packs of assorted colors, including red, yellow, light blue, army green, and navy blue. Made of polyester and cotton, they claim to be quick-drying, so they’re great for athletic activities. The tanks come in men’s sizes S to XXL.
They currently hold a 4.3-star average rating on Amazon from more than 2,200 reviews. “I needed some new undershirts and went with these,” one person says. “They are really soft, and I like the scoop neck under most dress shirts. I also sleep in these as they are so comfortable. The fit is good—a little loose but in a good way. The color variety is also nice.”
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