Wearables

Summer Fun With Tank Tops

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Face it – modesty is so over. Once the mercury tops 70 degrees, people of all sizes reach for their favorite tank top and generally remain in them until fall. Comfort is a big reason – suppliers have updated fabrics and designs to make them lightweight and sveltely cut. “Every tank top that we make is really exploding,” says Mark Seymour, vice president of sales at Next Level Apparel (asi/73867).

Whether form-fitting or flared, all-cotton or a blend of fabrics, these tanks are summer staples that fun, active brands need to make their own.(But don’t worry – once the weather cools, they’ll get worn at the gym and yoga studio.) Get bold with color or keep it cool, but getting those sun-loving hordes outfitted in your own tank guarantees a long, hot promotion.


U-neck racerback tank (3621) from LAT Sportswear (asi/65948; circle 91 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Rowboat Creative (asi/313715; circle 81 on Free Info Card).


Unisex form-fitting poly-cotton tank (BB408) from American Apparel (asi/35297; circle 82 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by A&P Master Images (asi/702505; circle 83 on Free Info Card).


Blue 84 juniors burnout tank (JBTT) from S&S Activewear (asi/84358; circle 84 on Free Info Card).


Anvil ringspun cotton tank (986) from Bodek and Rhodes (asi/40788; circle 85 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Apple Imprints Apparel (circle 86 on Free Info Card).


Wicking youth jersey (224266) from Holloway (asi/61430; circle 88 on Free Info Card).


Alo Sport men’s micro-mesh tank (M2780) from alphabroder (asi/34063; circle 80 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Rowboat Creative (asi/313715; circle 81 on Free Info Card).


Youth flare tank (YT87F) from Boxercraft (asi/41325; circle 87 on Free Info Card).


Jersey ringer tank (2205) from Pima Apparel (asi/78820; circle 93 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Apple Imprints Apparel (asi/36553; circle 86 on Free Info Card).


Reversible polyester mesh tank (N2206) from A4 (asi/30121; circle 79on FreeInfo Card).


Versatile cotton tank (DT5300) from SanMar (asi/84863; circle 96 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Heritage Screen Printing, Inc. (asi/700490; circle 95 on Free Info Card).


Ribbed cotton ladies tank decorated with rhinestones, rhinestuds and nailheads from Sparkle Plenty Designs (asi/88442; circle 97 on Free Info Card).


Burnout racerback tank (6532) from Next Level Apparel (asi/73867; circle 92 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Apple Imprints Apparel (asi/36553; circle 86 on Free Info Card).


Tri-blend made-in-USA tank (20010) from Royal Apparel (asi/83731; circle 94 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Heritage Screen Printing, Inc. (asi/700490; circle 95 on Free Info Card).

 

Decoration Tip: Today’s modern tank tops are valued for their light fabrics. Keep in step with lightweight decorations that won’t overwhelm the material – discharge waterbase and soft-hand plastisol for screen printing and no-hand alternatives like sublimation.