Updated on January 10, 2022 by Sarina Tariq
Here is a list of the different types of Tops.
1. Asymmetrical top
This top has an asymmetrical ( not straight) hemline.
Related post : Learn more about asymmetrical hemline here.
2. Bardot top – Off shoulder top
An off-shoulder top has a lower neckline that leaves the top of the shoulder uncovered. It is also called a Bardot top after the Hollywood beauty Brigitte Bardot.
Related post : 10 different styles in the Bardot/ offshoulder neckline.
3. Batwing top (Magyar/ Dolman)
A Batwing top has a long sleeve with a deep armhole, tapering towards the wrist. You can also call this top a Magyar top sleeve. It is usually made with a drapey fabric.Dolman is similar style.
4 Bralette top
Bralette top is a cropped fitting top that looks like a bra with thin straps and bust cups without the hook and eye closures.
5 Boxy top
This is the opposite of a fitted top – as the name suggests this top has a boxy silhouette and is usually made in thicker fabrics.
6 Blouson top
A blouson top has a loose shape with a cinched hem or waistline. Elastic or drawstring is used to draw in the extra fullness.
7 Body suit top
This is one-piece form-fitting clothing made of a stretchy fabric, that covers the torso and the crotch and can be worn as a top above skirts and pants.
8 Bustier top
This is a tight fitting figure-hugging top with brassiere cups that give support and shape to the busts. The Bustier top is similar to a corset with the difference in the cups and the fact that bustiers may have straps.
9 Camisole top
A close-fitting sleeveless top ( usually worn as an undergarment ) with noodle straps.
10 Cape top
A top with a short cape attached at the neckline.
11 Cardigans & Sweaters
Sweaters are everybody’s favourite clothing for winter. There are many types of sweater tops and all of them are made of knit fabric. A cardigan top refers to a cardigan ( a knitted sweater jacket with a front button opening) worn as a top.
12 Crop top
Wikipedia lists many other names like belly shirt, half shirt, midriff shirt, midriff top, tummy top, short shirt, and cutoff shirt for this short top that barely covers the stomach.
13 Choker top
This top has a V neck and a band that looks like a choker just under the neck. It looks like a cut out has been made under the neck band in a Vshape.
14 Corset top
This is a top that looks like a corset – the strapless sleeveless tight-fitting garment in fabric with steel boning to shape your waist. A hook and eye closure or a lace-up closure is used to fasten the corset top
15 Collar top
Tops with collars. A peter pan collar or polo collar are usually preferred for simple tops
16 Cold-shouldered top
This is a top with a cut out on the top of the sleeves so that skin is bare between strap of the bodice and the sleeve. It is also called open or split shoulder top.
17 Draped blouse
A top with a draped (cowl type) folds along the bodice usually at the neckline or along the hem
18 Empire line top
This type of top has a fitted bodice and a gathered/flared skirt attached to it just under the bust giving the top a high-waisted look.
19 Flashdance top
A top made popular by the 1983 film ‘Flashdance. An off-the-shoulder neckline inclined to one side, unfinished neckline edge, long sleeves, loose shape, and grey colour are the features of this knit top.
20 Halter top
A sleeveless Top with a halter neckline with a narrow band or ties across the neckline keeping the bodice together
21 Henley neck top
This collarless pullover style top has a button placket with 2 to 5 buttons. It can have short or long sleeves and are usually made of cotton fabrics.
22 High Low top
This is top with back bodice cut a lot lower than the front bodice resulting in an asymmetrical look
23 Kaftan top
A kaftan is a loose tunic top with sleeves cut as one with the bodice and flapping sides
24 Keyhole top
This type of top has a small cutout or keyhole shaped opening on the U shaped neckline.
Related post : Different types of Keyhole neckline.
25 Lace up top
A top that has a lace up opening on the front of the bodice or the back or the side seams.
26 Layered top
A top made in a flowy fabric like chiffon with more than one layer of fabric
27 Maxi Top
Tops that reach till the ankles. These tops have long slits starting from the knee or up
28 One shoulder top
This top has an asymmetric neckline starting over one shoulder and extending diagonally to under the other arm, leaving one shoulder totally uncovered.
29. Peasant top
This is a casual loose not too long, usually embroidered top with a wide neck, short and puffed or long and full sleeves, and elastic or smocking at the waist, cuffs, and neckline.
A poncho is a cloak like top with just a slit at the top for inserting the head – no sleeves or defined bodice. It is worn just slipped over the head. Learn different ways to make ponchos here.
31. Peplum Top
Peplum top has a tight bodice with a flared skirt attached to it from the waistline. The skirt is usually short, gathered or flared cut in a circular fashion
32. Princess line top
This is a fitted top made by joining long vertical panels – A front bodice of the princess top usually consists of 3 panels. The vertical seams act as darts and give shape to the garment
33. Raglan sleeve top
This type of top has sleeves which extend completely to the collar in one piece
34. Spaghetti strap top
Sleeveless top with spaghetti straps joining the front and back bodices
A sweatshirt is a loose, long-sleeved, collarless pullover with close-fitting or elastic cuffs (ribbed) at the neckline, sleeve hem and bodice hem.
36. Swing top
A top with a widely flared hem.
This refers to a blouse that is similar to a man’s tailored shirt with all its features like a high stand collar, yoke, left chest patch pocket, and
button band front opening. Know about the different types of shirts (20 types) here
38. Smock top
This refers to a loose top which has a gathered skirt attached to it that adds to the fullness
39. Shell top
This is a sleeveless top with a simple, basic, slightly loose shape and a crew neckline. It will have button fastenings at the back
40. Tie front tops
This top has sashes or ties at the hem to tie. It could be cropped or waist/hip length
41. Tank top
A tank top is a waist length sleeveless pullover top with a scoop neckline. Sometimes they have a racerback
42. Tube top
A strapless tight fitting top; It is usually made of a stretchy fabric. Also called a boob top or a bandeau top.
43. Tunic top
Casual fitting hip length tops usually with side seam slits. Learn to make a similar kurta tunic top here.
Tshirt as a top needs no introduction. Know more about t-shirts and different types of t-shirts here
45. Wrap top / Surplice top
A top with one side of the bodice wrapped across the other .
46. X-ray top
This is a see through top – made of thin transparent fabrics and is usually be worn over a slip or camisole top.
47. Yoke top
This top has a shaped pattern piece called yoke along the neck and shoulders. This is usually in a contrasting colour or in a different pattern/print than the other parts of the top. You can learn more about the different types of Yokes in sewing here.
48. Step hem top
This is a top with a short front hem and a slightly longer hem length at the back; the hem resembles steps, hence the name.
A top with tiered or layered frills at the hem.
50. Y2k top
This is a tight fitting camisole type crop top, popular during the 2000s