The Best Tank Tops on a Budget


Tank tops are modern fashion essentials. They can save you from a wardrobe malfunction when wearing something sheer and can hold their own as layering pieces under jackets and cardigans. When tanks have built-in support, they might even save you from needing a bra on a hot summer day, walking the line between tank top and lingerie.

So we gathered our favorite, budget-friendly tank top brands to help you look fabulous (and stay stylish).

Best Tank Tops on a Budget

Trendy Tank Tops: Express

Express Tank Tops

When it comes to tank tops, Express just seems to know how to update them to be in line with the latest trend. Looking for a sequined, embellished top? Want an animal print tank top? Or looking for a basic tank? Express always carries a basic v-neck bra tank top in the latest in colors.

Colorful Tank Tops: Victoria’s Secret

Express Tank Tops

No stranger to adding a splash to your undergarments, Victoria’s Secret offers a full range of tank tops. If your gray and black wardrobe could use a splash of color, start with a layering tank in eggplant, truffle or pink. The super-soft cotton style has a built-in bra, of course. Buy in bulk for the best deal–they’re $14.50 each, or three for $33.

Day-to-night Tank Tops: Gap Body

Budget Tank Tops

When it comes to basics, you’ll never go wrong with Gap Body’s options. They can go from underneath your blazer at the office to holding their own as a top on the dance floor. So comfy, you might also want to sleep in them.

Sophisticated Tank Tops: Caslon 

Nordstrom Tank Tops

This Nordstrom brand’s tanks have a thicker feel and just the perfect amount of stretch. Thanks to adjustable straps, you can really adjust the amount of cleavage peeping out from the scoop neck.

Disposable Tank Tops: Forever 21

Forever 21 Tank Tops

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like doing laundry. At $2.50 a pop, the essential basic cami from Forever 21, you can afford to stock up and always have a fresh one on hand. The prices start to creep up a bit when you add on to the basic with a longer body ($2.80), plus-size ($3.80), a built-in bra ($4.80) or lace trim ($5.50). Whatever the case, there’s never an excuse to run out of them.

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    forever21 has cheap ones from 3.80 and up in stores and i think they have them online too.

    They are not extremely budget friendly, but camis from Soma Intimates are awesome for the curvy girls.  They have elastic grips at the bottom that keep everything in place – NO MATTER WHAT.  They are a godsend.

    Jessica London ( and probably have camis and tanks in plus sizes.  Their quality is usually pretty good.

    The camis at J.Jill are fabulous.  They have a wide strap cami (way more comfortable than the lingerie straps when layering) with a shelf bra—they launder and wear well, too.

    I have a hard time finding camis that come up high enough.  I mean, I don’t need a turtleneck, but if I’m layering for work, I really don’t want to be flashing cleavage (such as I have. :P)  Also, does anyone else hate how so many camis have that useless bra in them?  It doesn’t support, and it tends to give me uni-boob.  So if anyone knows of a source of higher-necked, non-shelf bra camis, please share!

    Try Old Navy – lots of styles, sizes & colors!

    I also find the shelf bra a bit annoying; I found them perfectly acceptable as a less-endowed teenager, but since I reached DDs, they don’t do a thing for me.  I still wear them, just with a regular bra underneath for actual support.

    I’ve noticed Chadwick’s camis tend to have a slightly higher neckline than others.

    For camis, especially ones with a higher neckline, or for women who need actual support for their bust, try Norm Thompson. They have an underwire built in. They go from 32B-42DD in most cases.

    Vest tops are great but as I am short, I always find that the neckline of many of these tops tend to plunge down far too low.

    The express sequin tops are a favorite of mine. They are perfect to layer with a cardigan, v-neck or my favorite under thinners sweaters. Every girl needs a little sparkle in her life!

    Target has a great selection in both the women’s and intimates departments. Always check the clearance section, too. Generally this area is in disarray, but the prices make the extra effort worthwhile.

    Downeast outfitters is the way to go. The have tank tops that have the skinny strap, they have the wide strap as well. They have lower cut tanks and some that come up higher and also v neck. This is the only place I shop for tanks because of the selection and they are also longer then most so I don’t have to worry about tugging on my tank top all day. I love these!!

    This post is very helpful to me! All of my tank tops have recently started to look extremely faded and tattered. I have various colors that I have collected over the years and I’m a college student so I live on quite a tight budget so these suggestions of where to go have been awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    The styles pictured here are cami’s ,not tanks.

    No offense, but none of these pictured are tank tops. They are all camis. Just sayin’.

    The Racker back tank tops are a favorite of mine. They are perfect to layer with a cardigan, v-neck or my favorite under thinners sweaters.
    I suggest if you need it get it from Wholesale Store

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