Racerback is an article of clothing with a “T"
shaped back behind the shoulder blades to allow ease of movement in
sports. It does not always look exactly like a "T". The garment is cut and sewn to reveal the wearer’s
shoulders and their shoulder blades.
The racer back top silhouette can be designed to be
worn under another garment or as a shirt.
Bras, swimwear, shirts, and dresses can be produced with the racerback shape.
The garment can be in various colors and
fabrications. It is simply the shape of the back section of the
top that categorizes this type of clothing.
A racer back bra can be an excellent choice for
wear under a tank top or similar thin-strapped top. This allows the
wearer to have the support and discretion provided by a bra, while
ensuring that the straps can remain concealed under the similar straps
of the tank top, leading to a more complimentary shape and form for the
Some tank tops are racerback but not all tanks
would be considered to be a racerback.
A racerback often used as a type of women's swimsuit. The
design is common today among competitive swimwear designers. The
top-back of the swimsuit is not covered to provide flexibility and
movement of the arms during swimming.
You can shop for clothing of this type at apparel retailers such as
Zappos, and many other
Learn more about
racerbacks in our bra glossary.
Anti-odor Racerback tank top blog post.
You may want to also view a
butterfly back tank top on the Fashion Blog.