Style Guide for Tops & T-Shirts
The Fundamentals : Styles of Tops & T-Shirts
A top may be worn loose or tight around the bust or waist, and may have sleeves, shoulder straps, spaghetti 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. Common types of tops are t-shirts, tank tops and sweaters.
Tank tops can be Fun and flirty! It is the popular name for a sleeveless shirt. Available in a variety of styles, colors, fabrics, and sizes, tank tops are typically worn as casual daytime attire for warmer weather. Sleeveless shirts provide comfortable ventilation and are typically lightweight to combat the heat. The eye is drawn to your arm from shoulder to wrist, with no interruption. This allows your arms to generally look longer and leaner in a sleeveless top with a graceful line.
Short-sleeve t-shirts have to be one of the most versatile pieces of your wardrobe. This style is great if you wanna show off your arms and draws the observing eye to the bustline. You can wear these shirts with skirts to create a professional outfit, or pair with shorts or jeans to make a chic yet casual weekend looks, don't forget that you can also layer this for a completely new look.
The 3/4 sleeve shirt is regarded by many as THE most flattering sleeve length. Three-quarter sleeves have become a year-round staple since they offer a bit of breeze in summer and reasonable coverage in the winter. This style is will draw attention to your waistline if your waist falls a bit lower on your torso.
You'll find the raglan shirt most commonly as a 3/4 sleeve. A raglan sleeve is a type of sleeve whose primary characteristic is to extend in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone giving the garment a relatively undefined look. It is mostly seen in non-formal fashion, it is popular in sports and exercise wear.
There's a myth that we are here to dispel, short sleeves cover all your T-shirt needs. Lengthen your basics' shelf lives with long sleeves, more suited for colder days and layering options. Long sleeves are a solid option for those who would like to distract from the midsection. Though they do draw the eye down a bit, so you need to be OK with a little focus falling upon your hips.
Dolman shirts have become extremely popular with women everywhere. Due to the variety of styles, it can be worn for any occasion by women of any age. Because the shirts have a wide sleeve, they are usually very comfortable, which is among the many reasons they have become quite popular. The dolman sleeve is narrow at the wrist and wider at the top where the sleeve attaches to the garment. Dolman shirts that have short sleeve or three quarter sleeve usually have wide, flowy sleeves without any cinching at the ends.
A hoodie (also called a hooded sweatshirt or hoody) is a sweatshirt with a hood. It often includes a muff sewn onto the lower front, a hood, and (usually) a drawstring to adjust the hood opening, and may have a vertical zipper down the center similar to a windbreaker style jacket. This becomes a perfect top layer on a cooler day. Typically a more casual attire, there are all the available fabrics and colors your sure to be able to pair with any look.
Cardigan sweaters are great for adding an extra layer when the weather starts to cool down or just incorporating into your workweek wardrobe, a cardigan is a great go-to in any complete wardrobe. You can't go wrong with the signature style of a button-front cardigan.