You may equate tank tops with either gym-ready muscle tees, a basic yet boring wardrobe item, or barely-there pieces of fabric held together by spaghetti straps. While some tanks land in these three categories, you don’t have to totally write them off your list.
Instead, check out this roundup of cute tank tops that aren’t too skimpy and, therefore, not destined solely for home-bound lounging or the beach. Most of these fuller coverage options are versatile enough to transition from the office to that off-duty happy hour patio in no time flat.
1. Mango ruffled strap top
Presented in a sleek black and white color palette, this Mango ruffled strap top is a classic yet adorable option. The wide straps at the top ward off the spaghetti style while the ruffles provide a looser, feminine finish and also give additional coverage.
2. Express floral halter tank
It’s not summer without the bright flourish of a floral-print piece, and this Express halter tank delivers a fresh, pretty spirit. Plus, with a flowy silhouette and modest keyhole cutout, it doesn’t cross over into the skimpy territory.
3. H&M lace top
Tank tops need not be complicated or overworked to make a statement. That’s why we love this H&M sleeveless top with lace in a delightful dusky green hue — although the versatile top also comes in white, black, and powder pink. The subtle lace detail at the top provides just a hint of girly allure with the rounded hem providing a polished finish, whether you pair this top with shorts or underneath a suit.
4. Lulus camel tee
Perfect for hump day — or any day of the week, for that matter — this camel-print muscle tee from Lulus couldn’t be cuter. It boasts just the right amount of cheeky humor, but doesn’t venture too far into juvenile territory. Plus, it’s a full-coverage tank with just a bit of an edge in the raw, sleeveless cut.
5. Mango slit knit top
We love this Mango slit knit top for its small back cutout that shows just the right amount of skin. While it might not be appropriate for every workplace environment given the peek-a-boo back, it still flaunts a sophisticated edge that goes just as well with a pair of sleek trousers as it does with denim cutoffs. Plus, the slightly more substantial knit is a nice change from flimsier fabrics.
6. Tanya Taylor ‘Mikaela’ top
For summer’s feminine version of the classic white button-down shirt, look no further than this Tanya Taylor ‘Mikaela’ top which is a cross between a blouse and a tank. The ruffled, lace-up front detail and peplum waist make it fun and flattering while the stretch, cotton-blend poplin and relaxed fit make it comfortable with an appropriate amount of coverage.
7. Zara corset T-shirt
You likely didn’t think you could wear a corset-style top and still be suitably covered up. But, this Zara T-shirt will have you reconsidering that notion. The round-neck top features a corset-inspired hem with adjustable tie fastening. And, while it comes in white, the light, lemon meringue hue is lovely for the season — especially if you want to style it with floral pants.
8. Michael Stars choker tank
Chokers are on-trend, so why not wear one attached to your shirt? The sophisticated sass appeal of this Michael Stars choker tank cannot be denied, as it strikes a chic and versatile profile. And, the neckline cutout provides enough allure without being scanty. We can see this black top fitting perfectly under a suit, with skirts galore, and of course, paired with shorts and jeans.
9. Wray ‘Judith’ top
Not only is the David Hockney-inspired hand-painted tree print on this Wray ‘Judith’ top delightfully artsy, but the cotton tank also features a high neckline and keeps it cool without being too skimpy. Tonal side buttons made out of recycled material only add to its charm.
10. H&M drawstring top
The lovely thing about this H&M sleeveless top is that it comes in an array of pretty pastels — think mint green, powder pink, creamy white, and heather purple — and you can also choose how much skin to show with the drawstring collar. Tie it up for a more modest look with a pencil skirt or trousers, or wear it open for a chic, off-duty style paired with white jeans.
11. Express lace-up tank
The intense shade of electric blue had us at hello. But the style of this Express lace-up tank only increased our affection. The easy, breezy top may seem plain and simple, but turn to the side and see the lace-up detail that adds the right amount of flirty punch sure to bring a layer of panache to your workday wardrobe — or night on the town. And, we love that the lace-up effect is lined, so it’s not too skin-baring. If blue’s not your color, it also comes in a hot red hue.
12. Zara faux leather top
Edgy, girly, and sweet, this Zara faux leather top is skimpy on its own. However, it serves as a reminder that you don’t have to immediately eschew a cute cropped tank if you’re not comfortable with spaghetti straps or baring your midriff. Simply pair it with a thin T-shirt or long-sleeve top underneath for a statement-making look that only adds more stylish spirit — and coverage — to your outfit.