The manktop is great because it shows more skin than is generally accepted in public. And what it exposes (Chest! Arms! Tattoos!) is pretty darn easy on the eyes
Whenever I’m at my friends’ apartment in Little Italy, dinner comes with a side of grunts.
We sit in what they call the sunroom, which is essentially just a room with a lot of windows—windows that let in the sounds and sights of their next-door neighbours. Cue grunts. The neighbours—men in their mid-20s—have a patio right next to the sunroom. And their favourite thing to do on said patio is work out. In tank tops.
The manktop—distinguishable from those white undershirt-ish “wife-beaters” by its looser fit, range of colours, and the possibility of stylish touches such as a pocket—is great because it shows more skin than is generally accepted in public. And what it exposes (Chest! Arms! Tattoos!) is pretty darn easy on the eyes. It’s a top that makes the wearer appear effortlessly confident, whether he’s strolling through High Park or doing push-ups on his terrace.
I know a lot of people think the male tank top is the sartorial equivalent of Axe body spray, and sure, the office isn’t the best place for one, but in any other circumstance, I’ll take ’em sleeveless.