During the summer months, we tend to focus a lot of attention on shorts around these parts. How long should your shorts be? we’ll ask one day. Can you pull off a blazer with shorts? we’ll ponder the next. But isn’t it time we turned the spotlight on those other two limbs of ours, the ones a little higher up? Yes, Milo Ventimiglia’s tiny shorts and thighs set the internet ablaze, but his carved, veiny arms were popping just as hard in those photos. It’s time, friends, to let your freshly push-up-enhanced triceps run free, to debut that new bicep tattoo in the wild, to defeat that awful farmer’s tan once and for all. It’s time to embrace the best sleeveless shirts for men.

Brad Pitt wears a tank top by Stock Vintage, $125.Lachlan Bailey, GQ, October 2019.

And don’t let Milo’s post-workout look fool you: when that swampy mid-summer heat hits, there’s no need to save the sleeveless joints for the gym. Whether your vibe trends more towards the punkish attitude of Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal or the glistening aura of Brad Pitt in the pages of GQ, there are endless ways to make a sleeveless shirt work for you. 

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal, 2019.Everett Collection / Courtesy of Amazon

You also don’t need to be Justin Theroux-level shredded to pull a sleeveless shirt off. The more slender likes of Timothee Chalamet and Chloe Sevigny are proof that you can look just as cool—if not more—with your upper arms exposed, even if they’re closer to friendly garden snakes than fierce pythons. 

Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name, 2017.Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

If you’re ready to bear bare arms, any shirt you own can become a sleeveless shirt with the quickness—as long as you own a pair of scissors and have a relatively steady hand. Not confident enough in your own ability to cut a straight line? Don’t fret: we went ahead and scouted out 16 pre-chopped bad boys to help you take the plunge. Wear ‘em with shorts and beat-up canvas kicks, maybe tuck ’em in with flowy trousers and sandals, and then let the good times roll. 

Chloë Sevigny in New York, 2002.Rose Hartman / Getty Images

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