Muscle Tank Is The New Plain White Tee - How To Style The Trendiest Basic

The humble muscle tank — once reserved for the A.C. Slaters of the world — is getting a major fashion makeover in 2023. The former gym wear staple is now a front-and-center classic as beloved as the timeless plain white tee shirt. From the gym to the office and everywhere in between, you're about to see proudly worn muscle tanks emerge in all settings. Some popular versions even feature shoulder pads — a surefire way to show that this shirt means business.

Not a muscular babe? No matter! Today's muscle tank trend doesn't discriminate. Not sure how to make the silhouette work with your wardrobe? Don't fret; we're here to help. We've curated a collection of the best examples of rocking the muscle tank trend for your inspiration. Find your favorites and then mix and match to make your own version of the look to debut at your next summer event. 

Classic gym vibes

If you're unsure about jumping onto the muscle tank bandwagon, give it a try first in the place you're most comfortable seeing it: the gym. Once you've gotten used to the look and feel of the cut paired with your bike shorts or leggings, consider stepping out into other public settings. 

Casual brunch 'fit

What do you get when you combine a neutral padded shoulder muscle tank with a well-worn pair of straight-leg jeans, bright white sneakers, and aviators? The perfect brunch uniform. Also great for lunch, shopping, school pickup, and just about every other casual event you can think of. 

French tuck

If you're stumped on how to style your muscle tank, imagine the way you would wear a plain white tee shirt and simply replace the tee with the tank. You can't go wrong with a slightly oversized muscle tank French tucked into a fitted pair of jeans — any cut will do. 

Luxurious in leather

Are you looking for a way to incorporate your new muscle tank into an outfit that's a little more elevated than jeans or gym wear? Reach for leather. Whether you land on pants, leggings, shorts, or a skirt, the luxuriousness of leather will transform your casual tank into a well-thought-out fashion choice. 

Edgy cutoffs

Interested in scooting over to the edgier side of casual? Pair a loose white, gray, or nude muscle tank with a pair of black frayed and distressed denim shorts. The rougher around the edges, the better. Add a black bralette for a peekaboo coverage effect. A feisty red lip and choker necklace are optional. 

Oversized layers

Outfits featuring muscle tanks don't have to fall into the category of sexy or revealing. If you're going for a cozier vibe, try pairing your loosely tucked tank with some baggy khaki trousers and an oversized flannel or fleece. Throw on some sunnies and a stocking cap, and you're prepared for comfort at any event in any weather. 

Cool mom vibes

Think a muscle tank can't look classy? Try pairing a crisp white tank with light-wash high-waisted mom jeans and dainty gold accessories. Combine with white sneakers or strappy gold sandals, oversized sunglasses, and a white or nude bag, and you're ready to walk around like a celeb hiding from the paparazzi. 

Peachy beachy

In search of a carefree summer aesthetic? Opt for a graphic muscle tank and pair it with long denim or board shorts. Brush on a little extra bronzer and a kiss of peach-toned blush. Then, simply toss your hair into a messy bun, grab a pair of high-top sneakers or skater shoes, and head out to wherever the local cool kids can be found.