Types of Ladies' Tops

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Types of Ladies' Tops
There are a variety of women's' tops to fit any occasion. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

There is a wide range of women's tops on the market today in all types of sizes and styles to fit any taste. Things to consider when selecting a shirt include the occasion, the season, the colour and the differences in styles such as sleeve length and neckline. Sleeve lengths include sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve and three-quarter sleeves. Some different necklines include crew, scoop and v-neck. Comfort should also be taken into consideration. Whatever the occasion there is something for everyone.


Casual tops are worn for casual occasions and for just hanging out around the house. Comfort is usually the most important thing to consider when looking for a casual top. These types of tops are usually simple, often made from cotton fabric. They can have a variety of different sleeves and necklines, and can be solid or colour or covered in designs or graphics. T-shirts are a type of casual shirt as well as tank-tops.

Career Shirts

Career shirts can vary depending on the type of career a woman has. For example a business woman will usually have classic dress shirts which have a tailored look and are usually button-down. Career shirts for business woman will also have feminine detail such as pleats or ruffles. Career shirts are often paired with a camisole and a career jacket, and they come in a variety of colours.

Other types of career shirts can include scrub shirts for doctors, nurses, dentists,dental assistants and nursing assistants. Scrub shirts are usually v-neck and have pockets on the front in which to carry small medical supplies such as band-aids, masks and gloves.

Swim Tops

Swim tops can include a variety of styles such as bikini tops, tank tops, mid-rift tops and tube tops. Swim tops come in all sizes, colours and designs and are usually made from material such as cotton and spandex. These types of tops are made to dry quickly and usually have a lining, and sometimes a built-in bra for support.


Formal dress shirts, or dressy shirts, are worn for special occasions such as parties or dates. They are a great compliment to a pair of dress trousers, a fancy skirt or even jeans. Formal dress shirts are usually made of material such as silk or satin. They have lower necklines and often have embellishments such as beads, sequins, decorative buttons, lace, ribbons and ruffles. Formal shirts come in a variety of colours, patterns and sleeve lengths. They can even be backless or off-the-shoulder.

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