In the United States, a white sleeveless shirt is often referred to as a "wife-beater".
Typically I try to avoid using "wife-beater" due to its negative connotation. I've tried using a few different terms in the past, but each felt a bit too broad or generalized.
- Tank Top: Can refer to formal outfits, causal clothing, or bathing suits. Comes in a variety different designs, materials, and colors.
- Singlets: This term is most commonly used in Australia. In the U.S., I've typically heard it used when referring to one-piece spandex wrestling outfits.
- Sleeveless Shirt: Describes literally any shirt without sleeves.
- Undershirt: Available as sleeved or sleeveless shirts for both men and women. Typically the most common alternative I've heard.
Is there a more appropriate term I can use in place of wifebeater here in the United States?
Note: This question is asking what alternative terminology can be used when referring to a "wife-beater". This question is not asking why the term is used or where it originated from. For that, see: What's the origin of "wife-beater" when used as a sleeveless shirt and why is it not frowned upon?
For those interested in how region affects the local terminology, I've included a Google Trends comparison for "undershirt, wife beater, singlets, and sleeveless shirt" below.