45 Different types of tops

A girl can never have too many Tops. And even when she has one too many, she thinks she does not have enough.  No one has been able to understand this paradigm and I don’t think anyone will ever. And the choices for the tops are endless. Some of the basic ones are listed below

1 Asymmetrical top

This top has an asymmetrical ( not straight) hemline.

2 Bardot top – Off shoulder top 

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 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

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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 Halter top 

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A sleeveless Top with a halter neckline with a narrow band or ties across the neckline keeping the bodice together

20 Henley neck top

This top has a placket with no collar

21 High Low top

This is top with back bodice cut a lot lower than the front bodice resulting in an asymmetrical look

22 Kaftan top

A kaftan is a loose tunic top with sleeves cut as one with the bodice and flapping sides

23 Keyhole top

This type of top has a small cutout or keyhole shaped opening on the U shaped neckline.

24 Lace up top

A top that has a lace up opening on the front of the bodice or the back or the side seams.

25 Layered top

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A top made in a flowy fabric like chiffon with more than one layer of fabric 

26 Maxi Top

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Tops that reach till the ankles. These tops have long slits starting from the knee or up

27 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.

28 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.

29 Poncho

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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.

30 Peplum Top

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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 

31 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

32 Raglan sleeve top

This type of top has sleeves which extend completely to the collar in one piece

33 Spaghetti strap top

Sleeveless top with spaghetti straps joining the front and back bodices

34 Sweatshirt

A sweatshirt is a loose, long-sleeved, collarless pullover with close-fitting or elastic cuffs (ribbed) at the neckline, sleeve hem and bodice hem. 

35 Swing top

A top with a widely flared hem.

36 Shirt 

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 

37 Smock top

This refers to a loose top which has a gathered skirt attached to it that adds to the fullness

38 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

39 Tie front tops

This top has sashes or ties at the hem to tie. It could be cropped or waist/hip length

40 Tank top

A tank top is a waist length sleeveless pullover top with a scoop neckline. Sometimes they have a racerback

41 Tube top

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A strapless tight fitting top; It is usually made of a stretchy fabric. Also called a boob top

42 Tunic top

Casual fitting hip length tops usually with side seam slits

43 T-shirt

Know more about t-shirts and different types of t-shirts here 

44 Wrap top / Surplice top

A top with one side of the bodice wrapped across the other 

45 Yoke top

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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

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