Women’s Tops Buying Guide
Women’s Tops 101
Types of Women’s Tops
Women’s Polo Shirts
Tank Tops and Camisoles
Women’s Tops Buying Tips:
• Choose styles that suit your body type
• Buy basics before trendy pieces
• Pick versatile tops suited to different occasions so you always have something to wear
• Choose tops that complement the bottoms you already have
• Shop off-season for great deals
• Review washing and care tips to get the most longevity out of your tops
• Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for care and cleaning
Women’s Tops Features
Straight Collar +
Also known as an Oxford collar, the straight collar is most often found on button-down blouses to give the shirt a classy and professional look. When paired with pullovers or sweaters, this collar can pop out for a preppy, pulled-together appearance.
Peter Pan Collar +
This girly collar is shorter than a straight collar and has rounded edges. Popularized in the 1960s, the Peter Pan collar gives your outfit feminine vintage style.
Mandarin Collar +
This short unfolded collar is most often used on blouses. A Mandarin collar is less fussy and more fashion-forward than basic straight collars. This trim neckline helps create a professional look when paired with dress pants and blazers, but can also be used more casually when worn with jeans and other pants.
Crew Neck +
This high neckline is most commonly found in women’s tees, women’s shirts and women’s pullovers. The crew neck is popular and common in different women’s tops styles because it’s flattering for every body type.
A v-neckline is so called because it looks like the letter V. The neckline dips low and gives the illusion of a long, slim neck. This style can also be worn by women with short necks and broad shoulders as it draws the eye down to create a slimming look.
Scoop Neck +
Like a v-neckline, a scoop neckline is low cut but looks like half a circle rather than a V. This neckline also helps create a slimming illusion for the neck and face because it draws the eyes downwards.
Sweetheart Neck +
A sweetheart neckline resembles the top curves of a heart. Most often found on tank tops, camisoles and blouses, this feminine neckline accentuates curves, and is perfect for elegant dinners and parties.
Boat Neck +
This high neckline runs wide across the shoulders and resembles a rectangle. Because of the wide opening that crosses your shoulders, boat necklines give the illusion of broader shoulders for women with narrow upper frames.
Off the Shoulder Neck +
Off-the-shoulder tops have a neckline that reveals both shoulders for a romantic look that can be worn during the day, but is best suited to evening events. Off-the-shoulder tops highlight your feminine form because they draw attention to your shoulders and make them look longer for the illusion of a smaller waist.
Halter Neck +
Featured in tank tops and camisoles, a halter neck has a sweetheart or V neckline with straps that tie around the neck. This feature also bares both shoulders and, like off-the-shoulder tops, elongates your shoulders for a womanly look.
The high neckline of a turtleneck will completely cover your neck. Turtlenecks are popular in the winter because they’re made from heavy or knitted fabric to keep you warm. Wear them casually, professionally or on evenings out with an appropriate skirt or pants.
Cowl Neck +
A cowl neck offers coverage like a turtleneck, but it's shorter and rolled down. This style of collar is most often used in cowl-neck sweaters. Like turtlenecks sweaters, cowl-neck sweaters provide warmth on cold weather, and can be used for casual daytime outfits, at the office or when going out on the town.
Often used in tank tops and camisoles, bandeaus are a portion of a woman’s top that fits like a tight band across the chest. With either a flowing or fitted lower portion, this feature can offer extra support for women with larger busts. A bandeau can also be used as a supportive layering piece when worn with women’s tops that bare shoulders to avoid unsightly bra straps.
Cropped Tops +
Crop tops are T-shirts or blouses with a short hemline above the hips. Featuring flowing or fitted cuts, these women’s tops are best suited to casual settings because they bare the tummy. Crop tops can also be worn with a camisole underneath for a layered look if you’re uncomfortable with showing too much.
Corset Tops +
Corset tops feature a fitted bodice and underwire for support and tummy control. This women's top style resemble lingerie and its influences can be found in tank tops and camisoles to add feminine details.
Flowing blouses with hemlines that sit below the hip or mid-thigh are called tunics. Since they hang longer and provide more coverage, tunics can be worn with leggings or tight bottoms for a casual outfit that’s comfortable and feels dressed up. Tunics have a fitted upper body or empire waist with a loose hem that’s perfect for almost all body types, especially pear and hourglass figures since tunics can cover your hips without clinging. Petite women should choose tunics with short hems to avoid cutting off height.
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Care and Cleaning:
• Separate lights and darks when washing
• Wash 100% cotton in cold water
• Hang up blouses to retain shape
• Hand wash wool and delicates
• Always follow the manufacturer's directions for care and cleaning
Best Tops for Your Body Type