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What's the Difference Between a Cami and a Tank Top?

Camisoles for girls (or ‘camis,’ for short) and tank tops are often lumped together to describe a sleeveless top. But the two are distinct, particularly in function. 

They have several differences–in use, material, design, appearance, and even styling. In this quick guide, we’ll break down the difference between the two so you know which to get your daughter!

What are Camis?

Camis are sleeveless tops that are primarily used as a type of innerwear. They come with spaghetti straps (which may be adjustable) that are often sewn into a bodice that can either be tight- or loose-fitting. 

They can be made from a variety of materials, including cotton, satin, and spandex, which prompts varying price points. Camisoles are usually plain, but they may also come with small embellishments, like bows or lace trimmings. They can be worn either as a top or as a layering piece under shirts or with jackets.

Are camisoles still in style? Due to their classic look and timeless functionality, camis will always be in style. They have a permanent place in every girl’s top drawer.

What are Tank Tops?

Tank tops are sleeveless tops usually made with polyester or cotton with thicker straps that can be loose or fit on the body, as well. They’re regarded as casual or active wear and are often worn by themselves (i.e. not layered) during hotter seasons or during certain activities. 

Differences Between Camis and Tank Tops

Camis and tank tops serve different purposes in a girl’s wardrobe. It’s good to know the differences between the two so that you can choose the best undershirts for your daughter!

Here are some categories in which the two can be distinguished:


The most obvious difference between a cami and a tank top is the sleeves. Camis have spaghetti straps, while tank tops usually have thicker straps. In terms of design, camis are typically plain and solid-colored, though they may also come with some embellishments. Meanwhile, tank tops can have a variety of styles; they can be colored or feature prints and graphics. 


Camis can be made using cotton, silk, satin, nylon, lycra, and spandex. Tank tops, on the other hand, are typically made from cotton, polyester, or a blend of the two. 


Tank tops can be used as casual wear or activewear; your daughter can wear them on hot days or when she’s doing physical activity. Camisoles can be worn on the same occasions but, depending on the design and material of the one you buy, they can also be worn as innerwear, as a layering piece, or even as pajamas!


For the most part, your daughter can style tank tops the same way she would a t-shirt. She can wear it with a pair of casual bottoms or use it with her favorite sweats or athletic gear.

Camisoles present more opportunities for creative styling. Your daughter can dress some camis up to pass for a semi-formal look or dress them down enough to sleep in! You can also teach her how to wear a camisole under a shirt as a basic lesson on undergarments.  


Tank tops are generally cheaper than camisoles, especially when you’re comparing them with options made using more premium materials. That said, you can also find affordable camis that look and feel very high-quality, such as Yellowberry’s girls’ camisoles. 

Which Is Better: Camis or Tank Tops?

Choosing between camis and tank tops will ultimately depend on what your daughter needs for her wardrobe. That said, the versatility of camisoles makes them a more convenient choice. Your kiddo can use them in the same ways as tank tops–and then some! They’re an essential piece of clothing for every young girl, so it’s always a good idea to stock up.

Yellowberry Girls’ Camisoles for Your Daughter

Yellowberry makes some of the best girls' camisoles. Your daughter can choose from a classic cami (the Jane Classic Everyday Cotton Camisole for Girls or the Square Top Camisole for Girls) or a cami with a built-in bra (the Shell Camisole or the Pearl Camisole). 

Everything at Yellowberry is made with your daughter in mind, so you can rest assured that whatever you pick is designed to make her feel as confident as she is comfortable. Shop Yellowberry’s catalog of girls’ camisoles today!