Tank tops require some confidence. Not everyone feels comfortable showing off a lot of flesh — and while tank tops can be a great way to show off your body, it’s also understandable to be a little intimidated. These may be simple articles of clothing, but there are right and wrong ways to wear them. Keep these things in mind when deciding what graphic tank top to wear.
A lot of tank tops are designed to give off confidence. Shirts with print that brags about how big your arms are or how much time you spend in the gym tend to come off as insecure rather than as a big alpha.
In other words, your body will do the talking. Let your tank top express something else about your personality. Whether it’s a simple print or a more vibrant pattern, there’s no need to get too flashy with it.
Wear it the Right Way
Because they show off so much flesh, many men assume that tank tops don’t have to be worn a certain way. But the truth is a tank top can make you look good, or it can just make you look messy. Achieving the latter means seeking out an appropriate fit.
Your armholes shouldn’t go below your top rib, and your neck hole should never dip lower than the same height as your armpits. And never opt for a tank top that’s so small or so ill-fitting that it exposes your nipples. At that point, it isn’t even functionally a shirt anymore. In terms of size, a tank top should have about a half inch of space between your skin and the fabric. This is tight enough to not be baggy, but it gives enough breathing space to sweat comfortably.
Match Your Outfit Appropriately
Clashing colors and patterns look as bad with a tank top as they look with anything else. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get loud, but it does mean that you need to be smart about what you wear with your tank top.
If your tank top has a vibrant graphic on it, you’ll want to contrast it with solid print bottoms or bottoms that at least have a more muted repeating pattern to them. The opposite is true as well. While you can pair a graphic tank top with a flamboyantly colored pair of shorts or pants, you’ll want to make sure that they’re quieter and complement without magnifying the pattern of the contrasting article of clothing.
Be Cognizant of Grooming and Styling
While a tank top may convey a more casual attitude, the fact is that you may actually need to put a little more effort into preparing your appearance for wearing a tank top. While regular visits to the gym offer the best way to really make a tank top pop, there’s some general maintenance tasks you don’t necessarily need to consider with a more traditional shirt.
In most cases, that means wrangling your body hair. This can be a serious task for hairier men, but everyone should take the time to look for trouble spots that otherwise wouldn’t be apparent. Similarly, an outfit with a tank top doesn’t need to be overly accessorized. You can leave your heavy chains and jewelry at home and instead opt to spend on a higher-quality tank top.
Because quality is really going to be the make-or-break factor when shopping for tank tops for men. A well-made top will look great and continue to feel great even after continued use. A poorly made one will just leave you feeling insecure.