My 22 Favorite Tank Tops Are All Under $40


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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. 

Muscle Tanks


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This laidback tank top style is perfect for anyone who wants a loose and flowy top. 

White Tanks


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There's nothing more classic than a white tank top. It's the perfect blank canvas that can be easily dressed up. 


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This is arguably the most classic tank top style out there.

Racerback Tanks


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Racerback tanks are great whether you're working out or not. Just remember find a bra that works with the silhouette. 

Cropped Tanks


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Nope, crop tops aren't going anywhere. It's always chic to style them with something high-waisted. 


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The perfect top to wear with jeans. 

Going-Out Tanks


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When it comes to going-out tanks, swap your ribbed top for something a little dressier. 


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Activewear Tanks


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Whether you're a yoga person or a cycling fanatic, the right activewear tank top keeps you cool and never weighs you down. 

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Erin Fitzpatrick
Senior News Editor

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.