Tank tops are ideal for layering and some styles can be worn solo for hot weather, too! Check out this round-up of adaptable and cute women’s tank tops!
Best Tank Top for Women
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Out of all the shirts I wear when stationary and also when traveling, a tank top is a must-have for me!
Tank top women choices are varied and incredibly useful for layering. Certain types can be worn on their own too.
I’ve used them for warm destinations wearing them solo, to layer under a fleece when I hiked chilly Machu Picchu, or for just bopping around town. I basically love them!
So check out my picks for the most versatile, pretty-looking tank top styles!
Best Womens Tank Tops for Layering or Wearing on Their Own
Daily Ritual Plus Size Jersey Womens V Neck Tank Top
This tank top plus size style is lightweight and has a lovely draped look. Made of a combination of rayon and spandex, you won’t overheat in it and it has give. I love the V-neck style and this black staple can be worn on its own or layered beneath a blazer or a light denim jacket.
Wearers call this plus size flowy tank top, “nice, feminine, and soft.” It has a range of sizes and is available in two packs and neutral colors (perfect for pairing with colorful items). Besides plus sizing, it’s also available in regular sizes too.
Lands’ End Cotton Womens Tank Top
This brand is popular with readers and their cotton ladies tank top is no different! One reviewer heaps some love, saying that “the armholes cover your bra and the neckline is modest. The fabric is not clingy.”
Others say the “fit is consistently the same and true to size.” The hemline falls to mid-hip so it can be tucked in or out, depending on the bottoms you’re wearing. It’s offered in regular, petite, tall, plus sizes and has tons of colors to match your style!
NIC+ZOE Perfect Women’s Tank Top Shirt
Nordstrom carries quality women tank tops and NIC+ZOE is the highest-rated, most raved about tank on their site. What’s all the fuss? It’s in my shopping cart now!
Seriously though, users say this cute white tank top is soft (cotton/spandex blend) and the fit works for most. I prefer a bit more coverage around the chest area in my tank tops, so the scoop neck is totally my jam. Can’t wait to try it out!
Splendid 1×1 Women’s Ribbed Tank Tops
The beautiful thing about ladies tank tops is the variety! I’m feeling this ribbed tank top because of the pattern and it’s slim fitting, but still classy.
It would look cute with jeans or tucked into some paperbag shorts. With so many colors and sizes (XXS-XXL) you’ll surely be able to find a fave!
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Gap Modern Henley Women Tank Top
This Henley-style pink tank top has a bit of a rocker edge to it, yet is super soft because of the modal knit. Totally fluid for a beach cover (with airy shorts), a weekend festival shirt, or wear for city exploring.
It also has spandex so when you move, it moves with you—and wearers confirm this! It’s Available in regular, tall, and petite sizes (XS-XXL).
Daily Ritual Jersey Women’s V Neck Tank Tops
I swear, tank tops women love have to be cozy, and this tank top blouse is mostly rayon, which makes it oh so soft! Rayon is well known as a very lightweight fabric and super easy to wear while traveling.
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Everlane Cotton Mockneck Dressy Tank Top
This mock neck sleeveless top has such a classy, Audrey Hepburn vibe, and users call this piece comfy (100% cotton) and versatile!
It’s retro but with a chic, modern twist. This type of tank is also bra friendly (no straps showing). With the relaxed fit, you could wear with faux leather leggings and high rise shorts or tuck in the tank for a more polished appearance.
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Everlane the Air Cami Sleeveless Tank Top
Talk about lovely, this rounded v-neck cami top highlights the neck and chest beautifully, which makes this lightweight choice a keeper!
Users say the cozy cotton slays those hot summer days and looks smashing with denim (jeans or shorts) or under a blazer. One of the best soft tank tops out there!
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Old Navy First-Layer Fitted Tank Top
Old Navy tank tops like this are ideal for layering, as it fits close to the skin, yet is soft. Reviews say the “fit is good,” and “awesome for a first layer!”
You could wear this tank top undershirt beneath long sleeve pullovers or button-down shirts, or even put a tee over it for some extra layers. Available in regular, tall, petite sizes (XS-XXL).
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Editor’s Top Pick for Layering: CHELSEA28 Jersey Tank Top
This jersey tank is my ultimate fave for layering—I definitely don’t wear it alone. It’s fitted so the closeness to my body means I have a great base layer and then can add on from there.
Many wearers call this crazy soft, yet has form so it won’t sag on you, and I agree! It helps that it’s mostly rayon, with a bit of stretch (95% rayon/5% spandex). A strong staple!
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Reformation Milly T Shirt Tank Top
Because Reformation isn’t just pretty dresses, they’re everything! This organic cotton, slightly sheer tank top is hip length, ideal for tucking in, has a modern ribbed look. Because it is a little see-through be mindful of what bra or bralette you’re wearing.
The slimmer fit adds panache but it’s still versatile. This puppy will look fab with jeans, dressy pants, or joggers!
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Aerie Gamechanger Viscose Tank Top
Wearers LOVE this tank top back (ballet-style) on this soft, viscose, and cotton cami, which makes it a bit airier and the neck flattering when the hair is up.
The soft lightweight ribbed fabric makes this a lovely choice on its own or layered beneath a chambray shirt. As usual, American Eagle tank tops deliver again!
Adea Bra Friendly Cami Tank Top
Adea specializes in women’s undergarments and items like camisole tank tops, so this particular one is terrific for layering. The wide straps can accommodate any type of bra strap and there’s no racerback or ballet back to rub against other layers.
Users feel it fits wonderfully, is a lightweight, breathable fabric, and it can be worn on its own, just size up is what they recommend. Bonus, this is also sold as plus size women’s tank tops, so able to accommodate a variety of women!
An Alternative to Tank Tops
Michael Stars Drape Neck Jersey Top
While I love tanks, I also have room in my heart for other sleeveless tops. This Michael Stars drape top has become my other constant companion.
It’s slightly longer than a tee and you could wear it more like a tunic if you wanted more coverage and wear it over tight-fitting pants like Ponte knit pants, or it looks awesome with shorts too. It’s also a great layering shirt!
This shirt is durable, easy to wear and wash, so it’s amazing for my capsule wardrobe. I wear it when I’m not traveling a lot as well!
Best Womens Tank Top Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Tank Top for Women|
|Daily Ritual Plus Size Jersey Womens V Neck Tank Top||"I love the V-neck style and this black staple can be worn on its own or layered beneath a blazer or a light denim jacket."||Check Price|
|Lands' End Cotton Womens Tank Top||“Fit is consistently the same and true to size.”||Check Price|
|NIC+ZOE Perfect Women's Tank Top Shirt||I prefer a bit more coverage around the chest area in my tank tops, so the scoop neck is totally my jam.||Check Price|
|Splendid 1x1 Women's Ribbed Tank Tops||It would look cute with jeans or tucked into some paperbag shorts.||Check Price|
|Gap Modern Henley Women Tank Top||It also has spandex so when you move, it moves with you—and wearers confirm this!||Check Price|
|Daily Ritual Jersey Women's V Neck Tank Tops||The V-neck and drop hem gives it a luxe feel. Perfect to pair with a skirt, skinny jeans, or even leggings and your fave pair of flats or sandals.||Check Price|
|Everlane Cotton Mockneck Dressy Tank Top||This type of tank is also bra friendly (no straps showing).||Check Price|
|Everlane the Air Cami Sleeveless Tank Top||Users say the cozy cotton slays those hot summer days and looks smashing with denim (jeans or shorts) or under a blazer.||Check Price|
|Old Navy First-Layer Fitted Tank Top||“Fit is good,” and “awesome for a first layer!”||Check Price|
|CHELSEA28 Jersey Tank Top||It helps that it’s mostly rayon, with a bit of stretch (95% rayon/5% spandex). A strong staple!||Check Price|
|Reformation Milly T Shirt Tank Top||The slimmer fit adds panache but it’s still versatile. This puppy will look fab with jeans, dressy pants, or joggers!||Check Price|
|Aerie Gamechanger Viscose Tank Top||The soft lightweight ribbed fabric makes this a lovely choice on its own or layered beneath a chambray shirt.||Check Price|
|Adea Bra Friendly Cami Tank Top||Users feel it fits wonderfully, is a lightweight, breathable fabric, and it can be worn on its own, just size up is what they recommend.||Check Price|
How to Wear a Tank Top
What woman wouldn’t go for comfortable tank tops? At least, that’s my motto and so before we begin sussing out how to wear tank tops, let’s cover fabrics first!
My favorite tanks are always a blend of anything from rayon, viscose, cotton, and some kind of stretchy material like spandex or elastane. They ought to be soft and airy, as well as lightweight and packable for me.
A tank top pattern can range from smooth, to ribbed, or colorful, fun ones. I tend to go for classics though, like a black or white color. A good general guide is solid neutral colors are best for cities, while brights look amazing for the beach.
Though, the most beautiful thing about them is their versatility! For tank top outfits, these pieces look fab together:
Tank Top and Shorts
Tank tops and shorts are by far my favorite. I love the easygoing breezy feel of both. Go for elastic waist shorts or denim, all the way to skorts.
Tank Top and Jeans
Denim jeans can almost act like a neutral and be a wonderful canvas for something colorful, all the way to tank top white.
Tank tops styles are best paired with feminine dressed up bottoms if worn as a top vs. regular denim for a more stylish outfit. Also, try them with elastic waist pants, too!
Tank Top and Skirt
Skirts and tank tops just universally go together. While I don’t wear a ton of skirts, when I do and want to be a bit more polished yet still not feel too hot, I combine the two in warm or humid destinations. For a skirt, I tend to like linen, rayon, or cotton blend for a lightweight touch.
Tank Top and Leggings
Another go-to tank top outfit of mine, I often revolve my favorite Anatomie leggings with my current fave top. Both are super versatile, one or the other can switch from being neutral to printed or colorful. If you want more ideas for what could pair with leggings, read here.
When it comes to buying, I tend to look for a tank tops sale and pick up a few to stock up for the year from my fave retailers.
Also, the tank tops Amazon sells are generally nicely priced and reliable. Happy hunting!
Taking Your Soft Tank Top Somewhere? Here’s How to Pack It
Womens soft tank tops are pretty easy to pack If you’re planning a getaway. Start with packing cubes, they will seriously change the way you pack! I designed my own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where I’ve packed everything—even my beloved tanks!
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped me travel carry-on only!
What are your favorite womans tank tops? Share your picks below!
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