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A top is clothing that covers the upper human body from the neck to the waistline, especially that of women.[1] Tops are sometimes as short as mid-torso, and 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. Some designers create tops with straps around the waist or neck, or over the shoulders.


Some special types of tops are:

  • t-shirt - with sleeve, either half or full.
  • tank top - sleeveless, maybe just strap over shoulder.
  • crop top - high waistline, exposing belly.
  • tube top - no sleeve, no strap over shoulder, just wraps around bust.
  • halter top - single strap around neck.

See also


  1. ^ def 4 encarta

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