There are only a few pieces that can truly lay claim to the phrase "wardrobe essential." Along with jeans and sneakers, tank tops definitely fall into the category of basics everyone should own. I don't blame you if you want to invest in a designer version à la Katie Holmes's viral cashmere tank moment, but this one goes out to all the budget shoppers out there.
So how far can you stretch $40 when it comes to tank tops? There is a huge variety of styles available, from fitted going-out tanks to easygoing crop tops for working from home. To provide a bit of outfit inspiration, I also rounded up some well-dressed It girls who can show you how to style each tank. Scroll down to shop the 22 best tank tops under $40 organized by silhouette.
This laidback tank top style is perfect for anyone who wants a loose and flowy top.
I love this cheery yellow color, but it also comes in six other colors, including sky blue, ivory, and pink.
There's nothing more classic than a white tank top. It's the perfect blank canvas that can be easily dressed up.
This is arguably the most classic tank top style out there.
Topshop does it again. This also comes in classic black.
I love this subtle smocking detail, which makes the top look more expensive than a mere $10.
Racerback tanks are great whether you're working out or not. Just remember find a bra that works with the silhouette.
I love this pretty olive green color, which is one of the biggest color trends for summer.
This looks so comfortable, especially paired with on-trend sweatshorts.
Nope, crop tops aren't going anywhere. It's always chic to style them with something high-waisted.
This Amazon find has a ton of great reviews that attest to its comfort and fit.
The perfect top to wear with jeans.
You're never too old for polka dots, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
When it comes to going-out tanks, swap your ribbed top for something a little dressier.
Whether you're a yoga person or a cycling fanatic, the right activewear tank top keeps you cool and never weighs you down.
You can never go wrong with Nike. This logo top is made with sweat-wicking fabric.
Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of senior news editor (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.
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