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45+ Different types of tops

Do you know the names of all the different kinds of tops that exist? Here is a list of the many types of tops that a girl will ever want
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Here is a list of the different types of Tops.

1. Asymmetrical top

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This top has an asymmetrical ( not straight) hemline.

Related post : Learn more about asymmetrical hemline here.

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.

Related post : 10 different styles in the Bardot/ offshoulder neckline.

3. Batwing top (Magyar/ Dolman)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Tops with collars. A peter pan collar or polo collar are usually preferred for simple tops

16 Cold-shouldered top

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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

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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 Flashdance top

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 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 

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

21 Henley neck top

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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

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

23 Kaftan top

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

24 Keyhole top

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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

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

26 Layered top

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

27 Maxi Top

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

28 One shoulder top

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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

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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.

30. 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. Learn different ways to make ponchos here.

31. 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 

32. Princess line top

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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

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

34. Spaghetti strap top

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Sleeveless top with spaghetti straps joining the front and back bodices

35. Sweatshirt

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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

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A top with a widely flared hem.

37. Shirt 

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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

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

39. Shell top

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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

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

41. Tank top

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

42. Tube top

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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

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Casual fitting hip length tops usually with side seam slits. Learn to make a similar kurta tunic top here.

44.T-shirt

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Tshirt as a top needs no introduction. Know more about t-shirts and different types of t-shirts here 

45. Wrap top / Surplice top

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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

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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. 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.

49. Tiered bottom top

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

Related post : 18 Different types of pants17 Different types of skirts.

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22 thoughts on “45+ Different types of tops”
  1. Donna
    I have a question? I was looking for a shirt two tiered that has the rounded bottom. What is that called? Actually, any of the shirts with the rounded bottoms. I think they’re really flattering. Thank you so much for doing this. Reply
  2. BLüE
    What are those t-shirts called that (usually but not always) have a v-neck and have the stripes on the sleeves? The sleeves are usually mid elbow to elbow length, there tends to be 2 rings/ stripes on the sleeve of a different color, the shirts tend to be only slightly more fitted than just a regular boxey t-shirt and are cut at waist length but can be high low cut depending on manufacturer, and they tend to look kind of sporty but are not actual sports shirts. Do you know what I mean? What are those called? I LOVE those shirts so much but am never able to search for them by name. Please help! I hoped this list would have it listed but alas, no. Sad face* Reply
    • Sarina
      Are you talking about Baseball jersey shirts? They have a v neck and stripes along the hem of sleeves
  3. Tara
    I am so very grateful for finding this site. I just started sewing. I have ideas….. I mean, I have ideas! Lol. I have several projects started but ran into a few snags, literally! Haha. I have read so much useful information. Thank you very much for every bit of information that is available. Reply
  4. Marisa
    Great site! Gosh people are a bit much, maybe they can upload their pictures they’re wanting you to change. Lol dam kids ,lol I’m very pleased and informed with your site and you’ve done very well! I haven’t sewn in decades and I was able to get back in it Reply
    • Sarina
      Very happy to know that Marisa. Best wishes
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  5. Barb

    Still looking for name of top that appears to be strapless over a different fabric. See in dresses and tops, mostly long sleeves but the strapless bodice is alway a different fabric and color from shoulder & sleeves….but the whole top in just one piece.
    Does It have a specific name?

    Reply
    • Sarina

      Hi Barb,
      Are you talking about illusion tops – where a sheer layer is above the bodice?

  6. Malaika
    This site is pretty useful for fashion studies….. Reply
  7. Reshma Sam
    Let me see Reply
  8. Susan Steele
    Awesome List. This will help me with my Internet searches. Reply
    • Sarina
      Nice to know that Susan
  9. Leslie
    thank you. This has been helpful. Reply
    • Grace D'Amelio
      ok tube tops r cute
  10. samantha muer
    please replace the images with a more clear and understandable replacement. also, I have a blouse that has cutouts all over it and was wondering what the design was called Reply
    • Sarina
      : ) I make do with the images I have. About your question, I do not have an idea. Is it cutwork embroidery? or felt/leather patches appliqued?
  11. Sumedha
    Super compact info.. Reply
  12. Vaikhari Kirkire
    Which top is that in which we wear inner but it is not complete net..but in a way ya it is… Reply
    • Vaikhari
      See through top
  13. Ananya singh
    Add some clear images as example.. Reply
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