Top (clothing)

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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.


Picture Type Description
Nicodruif2.JPG T-shirt with sleeve, either half or full.
European teenage girl 2008.JPG Tank top sleeveless, maybe just strap over shoulder.
Hüfthose.jpg Crop top high waistline, exposing belly.
Woman visitor at Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Malaysia-10Aug2010.jpg Tube top no sleeve, no strap over shoulder, just wraps around bust.
Kim Chambers DSC 0027.JPG Jean top A top made out of denim fabrics.

Neck styles[edit]

Picture Type Description
Lisa Ann DSC 0056.JPG Halter top single strap around neck.
Bangalore, India Model 2.jpg Turtleneck A top with close-fitting, round, and high collar that folds over and covers the neck.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top (1)". Encarta. Microsoft Corporation. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2018.