Top (clothing)

A top is an item of clothing that covers at least the chest, but which usually covers most of the upper human body between the neck and the waistline.[1] The bottom of tops can be as short as mid-torso, or as long as mid-thigh. Men's tops are generally paired with pants, and women's with pants or skirts. Common types of tops are t-shirts, blouses and shirts.


The neckline is the highest line of the top, and may be as high as a head-covering hood, or as low as the waistline or bottom hem of the top. A top may be worn loose or tight around the bust or waist, and may have sleeves or shoulder straps, spaghetti straps (noodle straps), or may be strapless. The back may be covered or bare. Tops may have straps around the waist or neck, or over the shoulders.


T-shirtwith sleeve, either half or full.
Tank topsleeveless, maybe just strap over shoulder.
Crop tophigh waistline, exposing belly.
Tube topno sleeve, no strap over shoulder, just wraps around bust.
Jean topA top made out of denim fabrics.

Neck styles

Halter topsingle strap around neck.
TurtleneckA top with close-fitting, round, and high collar that folds over and covers the neck.

See also


  1. Encarta
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