One day, we’ll show off fits in real life again, even if it takes a little re-learning along the way. The Highsnobiety Summer Style Guide is here to help, ensuring that lightweight pieces still result in heavyweight looks.

As summer staples go, tank tops get a pretty tough time and it's easy to see why. Mention the tank top and the mind will likely wander to visions of gym bros and mirror selfies. But that's exactly why it needs your love and attention because this is a wardrobe essential for everyone.

When the mercury rises, the obvious benefit of tank tops is their superior ability to keep you cool. But staying comfortable in the sun means coverage is sacrificed — something some people just won't compromise on. This can be avoided with the right styling.

If you think of the tank top as a sweater vest for summer, then you might see it in a new light. Thicker tank tops, like this one from Stüssy, can be worn over the top of a thinner tank or a clean white tee like this one. Tank tops of all weight and style always look good under summer shirts. Pair them with shorts for the ultimate 'I'm declaring summer' look.

Adding shoppable evidence to the claim that this warm-weather essential should not be feared, we've rounded up some of this summer's best tank tops for men.

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Peter Do Spacer Tank Top

Spacer Tank Top

Spacer Tank Top

$232

Peter Do

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This one will work well as a layering tool. We can already picture a breezy Our Legacy shirt partnered up with this.

Issey Miyake Basics Tank Top

Basics Tank Top

Basics Tank Top

$170

Issey Miyake

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Issey Miyake's signature pleats give this V-neck tank top an ethereal quality. Its super-lightweight build is perfect for a hot summer's day, too.

GmbH Double Strap Ardra Tank Top

Double Strap Ardra Tank Top

Double Strap Ardra Tank Top

$180

GmbH

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GmbH gives the classic black tank a subtle update with a double-strap construction leading into a racerback and a scoop back to the reverse.

Rick Owens Basic Tank Top

Basic Tank Top

Basic Tank Top

$182

Rick Owens

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Rick has been making semi-sheer tank tops for seasons now and this washed-out purple hue is an all-time great.

Ludovic De Saint Sernin Crystal-Logo Tank Top

Swarovski Tank Top

Swarovski Tank Top

$177

Ludovic de Saint Sernin

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Your post-lockdown looks are allowed to be ostentatious. Fitting that bill, this tank top by Ludovic de Saint Sernin bears the brand's logo spelled out in Swarovski crystals. Rib-knit and stretch cotton give it a super-close fit.

SOAR Singlet Tank Top

Singlet Tank Top

Singlet Tank Top

$90

SOAR

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It's not easy to make sportswear that you can wear casually. This tank top from SOAR is cut from lightweight fabric for a breathable journey while chequerboard detailing to the front acts as a striking centerpiece.

Maison Margiela Classic Tank Top

Classic Tank Top

Classic Tank Top

$128

Maison Margiela

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Part cotton and part silk, this Maison Margiela tank top is a true luxury. Its rich blue hue makes it an easy yet intriguing place to begin layered fits, too.

Sunspel Superfine Vest Top

Superfine Vest Top

Superfine Vest Top

$45

Sunspel

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The ultimate classic when it comes to tank tops for men, the ribbed white iteration has been a staple for more than 100 years. You can rest assured that this is going nowhere.

Sulvam Graphic Tank Top

Graphic Tank Top

Graphic Tank Top

$86

Sulvam

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Love the classic white tank top but want a little something extra? Sulvam's take on the basic style features a handful of blue threads hanging from the chest which add a dynamic asset to the classic piece.

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