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.
This laidback tank top style is perfect for anyone who wants a loose and flowy top.
H&M Ribbed Sports Tank Top ($15)
H&M always knows how to interpret the trends du jour.
We the Free Georgie Muscle Tank ($38)
I love this cheery yellow color, but it also comes in six other colors, including sky blue, ivory, and pink.
Adidas Winners Muscle Tank ($30)
Perfect for working out—or, you know, watching TV.
There's nothing more classic than a white tank top. It's the perfect blank canvas that can be easily dressed up.
Intimately City of Angels Cami ($30)
I love this shoulder-baring silhouette.
Madewell Westville Tank Top ($25)
Hurry—this perfect Madewell tank won't be on sale forever.
This is arguably the most classic tank top style out there.
H&M Ribbed Tank Top ($7)
This is my favorite affordable tank top.
Topshop Wide Rib Racerback Cotton Blend Crop Tank Top ($14)
Topshop does it again. This also comes in classic black.
H&M Smocked Top ($10)
I love this subtle smocking detail, which makes the top look more expensive than a mere $10.
Halogen Absolute Stretch Cotton Camisole ($19)
The thin straps on this tank are very '90s.
Racerback tanks are great whether you're working out or not. Just remember find a bra that works with the silhouette.
Mr. Denim Demi Tank ($28)
This will go with everything in your closet.
Topshop Khaki Racer Knitted Top ($24)
I love this pretty olive green color, which is one of the biggest color trends for summer.
Bella+Canvas Racerback Crop Tank ($14)
This looks so comfortable, especially paired with on-trend sweatshorts.
H&M Ribbed Tank Top ($10)
This orange color is a fresh alternative to basic black and white.
Nope, crop tops aren't going anywhere. It's always chic to style them with something high-waisted.
Prettoday Sleeveless Crop Tops ($12)
This Amazon find has a ton of great reviews that attest to its comfort and fit.
The perfect top to wear with jeans.
BDG Urban Outfitters Ribbed Crop Tank ($20)
Tie-dye is still going strong, friends.
BP. Lace Trim Tank Top ($15)
You're never too old for polka dots, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
When it comes to going-out tanks, swap your ribbed top for something a little dressier.
Intimately Laid Back Brami ($20)
I love the ultra-thin straps on this tank top.
Eloquii Twist Neckline Bodysuit ($40)
Don't overlook the cute cutout in the center.
Topshop Lilac Plunge V Shirred Cami ($38)
Any fabric that mimics satin or silk is great for a night out.
Whether you're a yoga person or a cycling fanatic, the right activewear tank top keeps you cool and never weighs you down.
Zella Strength Racerback Tank ($25)
This workout-ready top is perfect for hiding your sweat.
Nike Sportswear Air Mock Neck Crop Tank ($40)
You can never go wrong with Nike. This logo top is made with sweat-wicking fabric.
H&M Sports Top ($18)
The perfect affordable tank to pair with your timeless black leggings.
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