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    shirt and top

    I want to ask the difference between two classes of clothes, the shirt and the top?
    Who can tell me about that?


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    Re: shirt and top

    A "top" is any garment worn on the torso. A "Shirt" is one form of top. Others are vests, tank tops, t-shirts, pullovers, blouses. I'm sure other people will have more words for you.

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    Re: shirt and top

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    A "top" is any garment worn on the torso. A "Shirt" is one form of top. Others are vests, tank tops, t-shirts, pullovers, blouses. I'm sure other people will have more words for you.
    I agree, mostly; but I'd add that the garment has to cover or attempt to cover the torso; a bra is not a top - is it? (Hmm - one does say 'bikini top' though.)

    And you've covered most of the generic names. One could add 'bolero' - but that's just a type of jacket. Ah, got one: waistcoat. And 'jersey'. And 'jumper'. And what about 'sweatshirt' (which isn't a type of shirt, and 'sweater' doesn't even suggest it). And 'camisole'. And 'chemise'.... OK, there are lots.

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