What Are Tops in Clothing? (And 9 Best Types for You) 

What Are Tops in Clothing? (And 9 Best Types for You) 

Tops are clothing apparel worn on the body's upper part. Usually, it covers the neck, chest, and waistline; sometimes, they go down to mid-thigh.

The definition sounds simple, but how about jackets, belts, and scarves, are they considered tops? Not really. Tops are worn with pants, shorts, or skirts. 

So, what are tops? Here is a list of tops every woman should have in their closet. 

9 Types of Tops Every Woman Needs

The beauty of having a variety of tops is that you will not lack an outfit for any occasion. 

Have you ever struggled with not having enough clothes to wear? Then try having a wide variety of tops, mix and match styles, and consider having them in different shapes, sizes, and designs. 

Here is the list

1. T-Shirts

tshirt as a top


T-shirts are a must-have in every woman's closet. Well, this top does not need any formal introduction; almost everyone has one or knows someone who owns one. 

The beauty of T-shirts lies in their versatility. You can wear them officially, to a casual event, to run errands, and even use them as sleepwear. You only need to style them appropriately.

2. V-Neck Blouse



A v-neck top is a must-have when you want to look clean and elegant. The top gives you more of a casual business look. For those serious business meetings, go blue, white, or black. 

Choose shades of pink, red and yellow for those Saturday afternoon parties. You can wear them with any bottoms, but they will look perfect with skinny jeans. 

V-neck blouses are also ideal for cowboy boots. Pair them with dark skinny jeans, knee-high boots, and a black felt hat. The combination will make you look artistic and low-key sexy simultaneously. 

3. Turtleneck Tops

turtleneck top women


Turtleneck tops are for those days when you want to look great but don't want to spend so much time on your outfit. Not only will you look great, but you will appear slimmer; turtle neck tops make your arms look longer, and your torso will appear longer.

Layer them with jackets and cardigans for fall and winter weather, and get sleeveless turtlenecks for summer. 

4. Peplum Tops

If you are unsure of what to wear for your body type, put on a peplum top. It is amazing how everyone looks great in one. It defines your waist, making you look slimmer even if you got a belly pooch.

The good thing is that peplum tops come in many designs. You can get tops with ruffled bottoms, cap sleeve details, and a ruched bodice for the runway look.

Peplum tops look fantastic with pencil skirts or straight jeans. 

5. Fitted Cami


The top is an essential part of every woman's wardrobe. The cami, also known as a camisole, has thin straps with a basic design but great potential. 

The Essential Style Boutique has great camisoles, and you can get one-shoulder designs.

You can tuck in loose-fitting silk camis in your skirt or jeans. For more fitted camis, layer them under sweatshirts and sweaters for a bit of coverage and some slimming effects. 

6. Plaid Flannel Top 

You can never go wrong wearing a plaid flannel top. The top is simple, dynamic, and versatile and thus can be styled in many different ways. 

You can style them into fall fashion by pairing them with ankle booties. During winter, you can layer them with a jacket and knee-length boots; who says you can't look sexy during the coldest season? 

Leather leggings or leather pants are a trend that has been in season for the past couple of seasons. Guess what? These will go perfectly with flannels.

If you want to look a little bit tomboyish, wear your plaid flannel top with boyfriend jeans, dark-washed bootcut, and booties, and drape over a sleeveless denim jacket. 

7. Buttoned Shirt


Regardless of your body type, get yourself a buttoned-down short. Despite it being a basic outfit, it can be the most worn item in your closet, and this is because you can wear it in so many ways. 

You can style it well enough to complete your first date look, so if you are just from the office, you need a few touch-ups and are ready to go. 

The most exciting way to wear it is to leave it unbuttoned and tie it into a crop top. Pair it with high-waisted jeans, a silk slip skirt, and your favorite dress. You can even let it hang out by wearing an oversized shirt, leaving it unbuttoned, and wearing a fitted camisole underneath. 

8. Bodysuit


Have you checked out the amazing bodysuits at the Essential Style Boutique? Bodysuits are flattering and can be the perfect layering top.

Wear them with shorts, skinny jeans, jumpsuits, and even skirts. 

9. Tube Top

The tube top is considered one of the oldest, but this 90s fashion is not going away anytime soon. 

You can wear the clothing item with anything, but it will look perfect with a tutu skirt. 

What Are Not Considered Tops in Clothing?

Now that we know what tops are, it is vital to find out what tops are not. Here is a list of clothing items that can be confused with tops. 

Jewellery. Some jewellery, like necklaces and waist beads, is worn on the top half of the body, but they are not tops. 

Belts. These are worn on the trunk but are not considered tops. Also, they are not bottoms.

Scarves. Scarves are won on the necks, which are in the upper half of the body, but they are considered top clothing. 

Jackets. Even though they are won on the upper part of the body, they are not considered tops. 

Final Word 

When purchasing an outfit,  do not follow Pareto’s Principle to guide your choice of attire. Select clothes that you can wear most of the time.

The same principle works for tops and clothing items worn on the upper half of your body, especially since wide varieties of tops are available. 

Tops are cute, but pair them with the right shoes, accessories, and bottoms for a complete and perfect look.