This Free People Tank Is the Best Workout Top I Own — and I've Tried Dozens

It’s my go-to running shirt, WFH bra, and cute summertime crop top all in one.

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Strappy Back Tighten Up Tank
Photo: Free People

As someone who shops for a living and exercises almost daily, my wardrobe is stuffed to the brim with sports bras, workout tops, and in-between hybrids. They're from all of those brands that instantly come to mind when you think of athleisure and popular workout gear, but my absolute favorite is from Free People Movement.

The Free People Movement Strappy Back Tighten Up Tank (Buy It, $30, freepeople.com) is the first thing I want to grab for both physical exercise and lazy-day activities. It even works as a sexy and weather-appropriate summer shirt thanks to the cropped length. The compression top comes in two sizes, XS/S and M/L, but it stretches enough to fit a wide array of bodies, as many of the more than 400 reviewers have noted.

It comes in 20 — yes, 20 — different colors. I own it in black, white, cindered umber (a light mauve), and power plum (a jewel-toned purple); none of them are see-through, and each has held up to dozens of wears and washes. A few reviewers mentioned that their tops started to pill after running them through the laundry, but after washing on cold and laying them flat to air dry, each of my strappy tops still look new after a year. (

Strappy Back Tighten Up Tank
Free People

Buy It: Free People Movement Strappy Back Tighten Up Tank, $30, freepeople.com

I love that this tank stays in place during any workout. I wear it for running, yoga, strength training, and HIIT, and I don't have to fuss with it in the middle of getting my sweat on. It's comfortable enough to lounge in (it's served as my WFH bra under sweatshirts this winter), but it's also supportive enough that I feel confident wearing it on its own. Besides, the criss-crossing straps across the lower back are an unexpected element that should be seen.

But don't take my word for it exclusively! Tons of reviewers on Free People's website have nothing but great things to say about this tank. One shopper wrote that, like me, they "loved this so much, I have three other colors and plan on buying more!"

Another added that when their order arrived, "I tried one on and didn't take it off. I absolutely love the material and the straps on the lower back. It feels so feminine, just like a ballerina. The material didn't stretch out at all. I will recommend this top to all of my friends."

Order your own versatile Free People Movement Strappy Back Tighten Up Tank (or several) today and join the growing fan club.

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