My 22 Favorite Tank Tops Are All Under $40

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

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

H&M always knows how to interpret the trends du jour. 

I love this cheery yellow color, but it also comes in six other colors, including sky blue, ivory, and pink. 

Perfect for working out—or, you know, watching TV.

White Tanks

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

I love this shoulder-baring silhouette. 

Hurry—this perfect Madewell tank won't be on sale forever.

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

This is my favorite affordable tank top. 

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

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

This will go with everything in your closet. 

This orange color is a fresh alternative to basic black and white. 

Cropped Tanks

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. 

Going-Out Tanks

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

I love the ultra-thin straps on this tank top. 

Don't overlook the cute cutout in the center. 

Any fabric that mimics satin or silk is great for a night out. 

Activewear Tanks

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

This workout-ready top is perfect for hiding your sweat. 

You can never go wrong with Nike. This logo top is made with sweat-wicking fabric.

The perfect affordable tank to pair with your timeless black leggings. 

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