Tank tops are a wardrobe essential for most women, and since they are usually right against your skin, they better be comfortable. There are lots of different styles and types of tanks, but this post is concentrating on the comfiest basic tank tops.
The perfect women tank top for lounging at home, working out, or everyday use tends to be thick enough not to be see-through while not feeling overly heavy. It should also hold it’s shape well without feeling too tight or clingy. The design should have a neckline that isn’t too low or too high, and the body length should have good coverage. Whether you wear your tanks under your clothes as an extra layer or as a top by themselves, we have rounded up some of the essential styles that are known for their high comfort level.
Gap Modern Tank Top
One of the best, universally well reviewed casual tanks is the Gap’s Modern Tank Top. Women love this super soft style that is made from a ribbed Supima®modal blend fabric (58% Supima Cotton, 39% Modal, 3% Spandex). It is a great basic tank to wear alone or with your favorite top. The slim fit works well for most body types, including curvy and longer torsos. This modern style comes in a variety of colors with a medium weight thickness, so it isn’t see-through and is substantial enough to be worn on its own but doesn’t feel very heavy when you are wearing it. The scoop neck hits at a flattering point on the chest that works well for most chest sizes. The back is full coverage, and the straps are wide enough to cover bra straps. The Pima cotton also does a great job keeping its shape without getting baggy or feeling too clingy.
Available from Gap.com
Old Navy First-Layer Fitted Tank for Women
Old Navy tanks can be a bit hit or miss depending on the year. One of their best styles is the First-Layer Fitted Tank for Women. They have a suitable thickness to them so they aren’t see through and can be worn as a layer or just on their own. They are made from a brushed jersey with a little bit of stretch, which means they are very soft and comfy to wear. They come in an array of pretty colors, as well as basic black and white. One thing you can always count on with Old Navy tanks is that they are very affordable so you can stock up on multiple colors.
Available from OldNavy.com
Everlane Micro Rib Tank
Everlane has two excellent styles The Pima Micro Rib Tank and The Pima Stretch Tank. The micro rib tank is an especially good option that is made from 95% Pima cotton and 5% elastane. It is a slim fit, basic tank that has a little bit of stretch that looks great with lots of different types of outfits as well as being the perfect undershirt layer. The Pima cotton is excellent quality, and the design is very flattering due to the cut of the neck and the length. It is a soft option that is a mid-weight fabric, so it isn’t sheer but isn’t so heavy that it feels hot in the summer. The straps are perfectly designed to cover your bra straps. The quality of the cotton is very high, so it won’t stretch out and become loose as you go about your day. This Everlane tank also washes well and won’t shrink or pill with wear making it an ideal basic undershirt for every day.
Available from Everlane
Hanro’s Touch Feeling Tank Top
Hanro’s Touch Feeling Tank Top is a luxury design that is on the pricey side but has a reputation for lasting forever and feeling like a dream to wear. It is seamless and made from a breathable, soft fabric of micropolyamide and elastane. This style works best as an undershirt for blouses, t-shirts, or lighter fabric options. If you wear it with more substantial fabrics, there is some chance of pilling. Women who own this tank say they love it for the beautiful, comfortable material that is never hot or constricting and that is lightweight without being sheer. They also say that this tank is so lovely that you may not even want to try it because you are going to love it and will want more.
Available from Herroom.com
Target Women’s Any Day Tank
The New Day Tank is Target’s best selling women’s tank. It is a solid budget tank that is nice and thick and will hold up well to wear and washing. The Any Day Tank is an essential wardrobe staple to have on hand to be worn on its own or as a layer. The features that are most loved with this style are that it is super soft, has a long length, and is an excellent fit. If you have bought tanks at Target in the past, these are not quite as nice as the Merona or Mossimo ones they used to sell but are not bad for a budget tank top.
Available from Target
Vislivin Womens Supersoft Camisole Stretch Casual Tank Tops
Vislivin Womens Supersoft Camisole Stretch Casual Tank Tops is a popular option that you can get on Amazon. The fabric is 95% modal and 5% spandex, so it is very soft with a little bit of stretch. It has the popular wide straps that will hide most bra straps. The scoop neck is a tiny bit higher than some of the other styles on this list, so if you are looking for more coverage on the chest, this may be a good style to check out. The price of this tank is very low for the high quality you are getting. They are also lightweight, good quality, soft, and silky. They have an average length, and many reviews say they are so lightweight and silky that they feel like you are not wearing anything at all.
Available from Amazon
Long Layering Tank from HALOGEN®
If you are looking for a tank to cover your backside, you may want to check out the bestselling Long Layering Tank from HALOGEN ®. This tank is the longest on this list, is a little bit sheer, and also has the thinnest straps, but a lot of women love this style that is great for layering. The fabric is a 95% rayon and 5% spandex blend. It is an excellent basic with a slightly different fit that can be dressed up or down. The only downside to this style is that it doesn’t hold up well to washing. The cotton is beautiful, comfy and soft and this style works great for everyday wear with leggings or skinny jeans.
Available from Nordstrom
Lululemon Love Tank Pleated
Lululemon has a few tanks that are good not just for athletic pursuits but also for using as everyday styles. An excellent place to start with the Lululemon tanks is with the Love Tank Pleated. It is made from a Pima Cotton fabric that is thin, breathable, and soft. The Love Tank has a slimming relaxed fit through the body that runs to about a hip length with a little bit of a tighter fit at the top. The design means that it flows nicely so you can wear it to the gym, or casually. It has a pleated detail in the back that gives extra fabric so you can tie it up in the front or back. This versatile is easy to dress up or down.
Available from Lululemon
Bali One Smooth U Seamless Tank
If you are wearing the tank top primarily as an undershirt, you should check out some of the underwear brands that make excellent styles that are comfy, breathable and, in some cases, seamless. A beautiful basic design to check out is the Bali One Smooth U Seamless Tank. This design is known for feeling soft and comfy on. The fit isn’t super tight and has a little bit of stretch to it. The length is slightly longer than most undershirt styles, so they are great for women with long torsos.
Available from Barenecessities.com
Anthropologie Reversible Seamless Tank
Fans of the Anthropologie Reversible Seamless Tank style consider it a perfect tank top. It is said to be flattering, warm, stretchy, and offers full and secure coverage. They are also universally described as being comfortable, smooth, and soft. It is a reversible cami that is scoop neck in the front and v neck in the back that you can wear either way depending on the type of look you are going for. They are a little more heavy duty than a lot of tank top options and last forever. The fabric is a nylon-spandex blend, so they have a bit of stretch and get the durability and softness from the nylon.
Available from Anthropologie.com
Eileen Fisher Lightweight Jersey Tank
Eileen Fisher has some excellent extended length options of tanks. Their super luxurious Lightweight Jersey Tank is made from a silky jersey that has just enough stretch for a flattering fit that still feels very secure to wear. The neckline is relatively high on this style, but it makes it a great option to wear in an office environment under a suit jacket. This style is a bit more of an A-line fit: slimmer at the bust, more full through the waist and hips. Eileen Fisher fans love the longer length of the tank as well as the fit under the arms that isn’t tight and isn’t cut super low. Be aware that the straps are a little thin and may not be able to cover all types of bra straps, and the white is a little bit sheer.
Find at Nordstrom