The $3 Basic Tank From Target I Wear All Year-Round

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In my book, the ideal basic is something comfortable, wearable and most importantly, affordable. If I’m dropping money on a T-shirt or tank top, it’s because it’s a cool vintage band shirt, not a plain white tee. You can imagine my skepticism, then, when I started seeing all sorts of fancy brands selling individual ribbed tank tops for $20, $40, even $50 a pop.

I immediately thought of the bulk plastic-sealed packages of “men’s” undershirts I grew up seeing in big box stores, offering comfortable, wearable layering tanks for a couple of dollars each. Yet, any time I went in person to said big box stores, the entire men’s undergarments section was completely picked over — like, three-aisles-of-empty-shelves picked over.

So like any good millennial, I took to the internet and ultimately bought Fruit of the Loom’s tagless ribbed “A-shirts” (re: tank tops) in black and gray from Target’s mens section. From the second I took them out of the box, I started wearing these tanks every day. They’re stretchy and comfortable but don’t lose their shape. They’re super light and airy so they’re perfect in the heat, and they have great arm holes and thick straps that conceal my chest binder/sports bra. They’re so great to layer with or to throw an open button-up shirt over but also can be comfortably worn on their own. And the black and gray ones give an extra boost of chicness.

Me wearing a Fruit of the Loom tank top most days of the week.

Griffin Wynne

Me wearing a Fruit of the Loom tank top most days of the week.

I will say, these ribbed tanks tend to run a little long, even on me, who measures a relatively tall five fee, eight inches. I usually crop them myself, cutting off the last 3 to 5 inches from the bottom. They look super cute with added safety pins, V-cuts or other personalizations, and you can easily use them on tie-dye day for yourself or your kiddos.

If you, like me, always spill hot sauce on yourself, you may be worried about wearing a white shirt. However, the joy of a white shirt is that you can bleach it every time you wash it to keep it crispy and to combat any food or sweat stains or general funk.

If you’re looking for a cheap, fuss-free year-round basic, or just an affordable staple to layer with in all seasons, don’t sleep on the packaged “men’s” undershirts. They’re high quality for a nice price, and often come in a mega-pack so you’ll never run out.

To get you on the ribbed-tank train, I rounded up my a few variets of the Fruit of the Loom tanks from Target below, listing the quantity, size range and colors.

A six-pack of white Fruit of the Loom men's A-shirts

No sleeves, no tag, no problem. To get into the ribbed tank game, this six-pack of white undershirts is the perfect place to start. They're soft without getting stretched out or pilling and they keep their shape after multiple wears and washes. They're moisture-wicking and breathable to keep you cool in the heat, and they have flat seams so they layer like a dream. These come in men's S-XXL.

A six-pack of white Fruit of the Loom men's A-shirts in extended sizes

For sizes 2XL-5XL, you'll want to grab this six-pack of tagless undershirts. They're also breathable and moisture-wicking, so you'll feel fresh all day. With wider shoulder straps and non-binding arm holes to keep you feeling comfortable and covered, they're comfortable and soft without getting too worn, and can be worn alone or as an undershirt.

A 10-pack of black and gray Fruit of The Loom men's A-shirts

While I'll always be a white tank guy at heart, this summer I sprung for a pack of black and gray A-shirts. These are particularly genius because the colors make them look like tank tops you bought at a "nice" store and not from a vacuum-sealed 10-pack. They're great to wear when you want the comfort and temperature cooling of an undershirt, but don't want to do the "I am wearing a white ribbed tank" thing. The black feels super chic and pair well with jeans or more black, and the gray is cute for a little athleisure look or to dress up your sweats a bit. These come in S-XL.

A 12-pack of white Fruit of the Loom men's A-shirts

If you're really serious about your white tank game, a six-pack simply isn't enough. Also, if you do the math, the 12-pack makes every individual tank just $1.67. The 12-pack is great if you plan on cropping, tie-dying, safety-pinning or otherwise modifying some of your tanks. They're great to use as pool or beach coverups for kiddos or to send with them for tie-dye day at school or camp. These run in S-XL.

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