Muscle tank tops have many different names. If you're on the East Coast, you might call them sleeveless t-shirts. Some in the South call them shooter shirts. And muscle tank tops seem to be the most common term coming from the West Coast and from the majority of wearers. You might know a muscle tank top by another name, but you know the look when you see one. It's the tank top with nearly the same design as a t-shirt, but without the sleeves. It's best known as a muscle tank top because it reached the height of popularity by bodybuilders in the '80s. Showing off those arms while getting the maximum mobility may have cemented the muscle shirt as a workout favorite, but it's also now a tank top favorite for all.
Muscle tank tops traditionally have a boxier build than any other tank top. Once favored by men, women now have the option of their own flattering fit. Many men—and women—are wearing a unisex muscle tank top for looks alone, not necessarily to lift weights. The Bella + Canvas 3483 Unisex Jersey Muscle Tank has a classic crew neck and wide armholes, but modern tailoring gives this casual look a polished edge rather than simply a shirt wihout sleeves. While you'll still want to wear this muscle tank top during your workout, you'll also feel comfortable wearing it without breaking a sweat. The superior softness of combed and ring spun cotton gives this muscle tank top the feel you won't want to leave in the locker room. The Gildan G270 6.1 oz. Ultra Cotton Muscle Tank Top is another option, with a thicker cotton for those those who crave a more traditional cotton feel. It's preshrunk, meaning that even when you flex, your muscle tank top will still retain its shape.
If you were made to move, try a muscle tank top with performance properties. The Team 365 TT11M Men's Performance Muscle Tank Top has moisture-wicking and UV-protection abilities in a lightweight polyester. In a team fit cut, it's at home on the court, but it'll keep you cool and comfortable if you're just on the go. The Gildan G427 Performance 4.5 oz. Muscle Tank Top is another lightweight polyester option with wicking and anti-microbial properties. Look and smell fresh during and after any activity or just in warmer weather.
Muscle tank tops look great on women, too. Ladies can ditch the unisex look for a more tailor-made fit. The armhoes are still cut low in muscle tank fashion, but they're typically smaller to avoid unintentionally showing more skin than a men's or unisex cut. The effect is a much more modern look while maintaining an athletic appeal. The Bella + Canvas B6003 Women's Jersey Muscle Tank is perfect for a workout or completing an outfit. A relaxed cut in a women's fit gives this tank the coverage you want while still looking stylish. The aptly named Next Level Apparel N5013 Women's Festival Muscle Tank Top knows you may be loving the muscle tank top look while enjoying a concert rather than working up a sweat. The combed ring spun cotton and polyester make for an extremely soft muscle shirt you'll want to wear all day, evening, and night.
Whatever you call a muscle tank top, it's the favorite tank top that's full of function if you need it, fashion if you don't. From coast to coast—and in between—a muscle tank top is a casual and carefree tank top favorite.