Alright. It is an issue that must be addressed. It’s getting warmer out and clothes are getting smaller, which places you in the extremely dilemmic (yes, it’s a word) situation: To go sleeveless or not. It is a fine line; because quite frankly you would rather look like Channing Tatum than your girlfriend, or like you haven’t done laundry in three weeks. I have to admit, I used to be a purist (and I’m certain my colleague is a vehement purist) when it comes to men in tank tops; the answer was no. But more recently I have found that it can look very summer and incredibly rock and roll.
If you are unsure/aren’t a rock star/do not have the body of a greek god, you should probably (definitely) refrain, there is just too much room for error. Even Johnny Depp, the king of personal style, often makes the wife beater look like its namesake with far too much grunge.
Also be wary of the too small tank (bottom right). This is probably the only time you will ever see/hear me tell you to lean toward the baggier side of the spectrum, but trust me on this one, smaller isn’t better (I cringe, but it’s true).
Third warning. The frat bro-tank or pinny? Don’t do it. No one wants to see your beer gut or armpit fur (at that point why are you even wearing a shirt?). Plus you look like you are in a frat, and that’s never a good thing.
Confidence makes any look better, which is exactly why this look is for action stars and musicians (who else has that much expendable confidence?). You are welcome to try; just, please, no neon letters or grime. Also please, please make sure it is appropriate for the occasion (your first ever rock concert, the gym, a pool party, the beach, etc.).
Last word of advice (from the vehement purist): if you MUST wear a man-tank PLEASE make sure the rest of your outfit is at the very least summer appropriate (shorts, sandals, shades) and at the very best Rock Star appropriate (skinny jeans, boots or other appropriate footwear, mostly just think trendy).