Most people know what a shirt is, but may not be
completely familiar with various elements & versions. A shirt is a
cloth garment for the upper body and they come in many different shapes
and sizes. You may be surprised at the number of different shirt
styles in the market.
Here are a few different shirt types to consider.
A-shirt or vest or singlet (in British English) – essentially a
sleeveless shirt with large armholes and a large neck hole, often worn
by labourers or athletes for increased movability. Sometimes called a
"wife beater" when worn without a covering layer.
Baseball shirt (jersey) – usually distinguished by a three quarters
sleeve, team insignia, and flat waist seam.
Camisole – woman's undershirt with narrow straps, or a similar
garment worn alone (often with bra). Also referred to as a cami, shelf
top, spaghetti straps or strappy top.
Camp shirt – a loose, straight-cut, short sleeved shirt or blouse
with a simple placket front-opening and a "camp collar".
Crop Top - a short length shirt (short in the torso not necessarily
Cycling Shirts - cycling shirts are for riding a bicycle. They
are tight fitting tops that help reduce wind resistance for the rider.
Dinner shirt – a shirt specifically made to be worn with male evening
wear, e.g. a black tie or white tie. Learn about
dress shirt fabrics on the Fashion Blog.
Dress shirt – shirt with a formal (somewhat stiff) collar, a
full-length opening at the front from the collar to the hem (usually
buttoned), and sleeves with cuffs.
Guayabera – an embroidered dress shirt with four pockets.
Halfshirt – a high-hemmed T-shirt. (If you are overweight, it may be
a good idea to stay away from this style of shirt).
Halter top – a shoulderless, sleeveless garment for women. It is
mechanically analogous to an apron with a string around the back of the
neck and across the lower back holding it in place.
Heavy shirt – a shirt with the heavy size that covers up under the
onesie or diaper shirt – a shirt for infants which includes a long back
that is wrapped between the legs and buttoned to the front of the shirt.
Henley shirt – a collarless polo shirt.
Hoodies - sweatshirts with a hood.
Jackets, coats and similar outerwear (sort of a shirt at times).
Long-sleeved T-shirt – a T-shirt with long sleeves that extend to
cover the arms.
Mock Neck Shirt
Nightshirt – often oversized, ruined or inexpensive light cloth
undergarment shirt for sleeping.
Poet shirt – a loose-fitting shirt or blouse with full bishop
sleeves, usually with large frills on the front and on the cuffs.
Polo shirt (also tennis shirt or
golf shirt) – a pullover soft collar
short-sleeved shirt with an abbreviated button placket at the neck and a
longer back than front (the "tennis tail").
Ringer T-shirt (Ringer Tees)– tee with a separate piece of fabric sewn on as the
collar and sleeve hems.
Rugby shirt – a long-sleeved polo shirt, traditionally of rugged
construction in thick cotton or wool, but often softer today.
Shirtwaist – historically (circa. 1890–1920) a woman's tailored shirt
(also called a "tailored waist") cut like a man's dress shirt; in
contemporary usage, a woman's dress cut like a men's dress shirt to the
waist, then extended into dress length at the bottom.
Sleeveless shirt – a shirt manufactured without sleeves, or one whose
sleeves have been cut off, also called a tank top.
Spaghetti Strap Tops
Sweaters – heavy knitted upper garments with long sleeves and
Sweatshirt – long-sleeved athletic shirt of heavier material, with or
Top shirt – a long-sleeved collarless polo shirt.
T-shirt – also "tee shirt", a casual shirt without a collar or
buttons, made of a stretchy, finely knit fabric, usually cotton, and
usually short-sleeved. Originally worn under other shirts, it is now a
common shirt for everyday wear in some countries.
Tube top (in American English) or boob tube (in British English) – a
shoulderless, sleeveless "tube" that wraps the torso not reaching higher
than the armpit, staying in place by elasticity or by a single strap
that is attached to the front of the tube.
Tunic – primitive shirt, distinguished by two-piece construction.
Initially a men's garment, is normally seen in modern times being worn
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Now that you know so much about this clothing
category, you may also want to learn about various
types of pants.
Learn more about different
types of clothing from the Fashion Blog.