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35 Trendy And One-Of-A-Kind Tops For The 'Mainu Shopping Karade' Mood!

35 Trendy And One-Of-A-Kind Tops For The 'Mainu Shopping Karade' Mood!

This story was updated in January 2019.


Every girl gang has a heterogeneous mix of characters. The outdoorsy nut, the nerd, the groovy chick, the business professional… the list is endless. Look at the Sex And The City girls or Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe from F.R.I.E.N.D.S if you may. But no matter how varied the personalities, at the core, we all love fashion just as much.


Whether you are a jeans and tee kind of woman or someone who loves to experiment, you are probably always on the lookout for yet another top to pretty up your outfit. And no matter how many different types of tops and T-shirts you might already have, they never seem enough, especially when it comes to daily wear tops. Call it our nature or the general rule amongst all womankind, but we don’t like to repeat our clothes.


Which is why we’re glad we have so many different types of tops available out there that can fix this issue effortlessly. Here are some (read 35) fabulous tops for women that are in sync with the latest trends, new styles, and your body type.


Psst… not sure about your body type? Here is how you can find out in two simple steps.


Types Of Tops


Here is an exhaustive list of 35 types of tops for women. Whether it’s the girl next door look that you’re going for or an ultra-feminine chic vibe, a casual outing with the girls or a date night with your SO, all that your jeans, jeggings, treggings, and skirts need is one of these tops, and that’s it. Here we go:


1. A-line Top


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The A-line shape is characteristic of a silhouette that gradually widens towards the hemline, giving the impression of the shape of a capital A. The best part about the A-line top is that it suits almost all body types. Not too fitted, not too loose, an A-line top will be perfect for any occasion.


Suitable for body type: Pear-shaped, round-shaped, triangle-shaped, rectangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Blue Embroidered A-Line Empire Top (Rs 924) by Tokyo Talkies


2. Bardot Top


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Nothing speaks ‘sexy’ better than a Bardot top. Named after the French fashion icon, Brigitte Bardot, we can’t explain how thankful we are to this stylish lady who changed the fashion game with this invention and made the bared shoulder style so popular and one of our faves. The Bardot top is the ultimate way to flaunt your shoulders. If it is a stylish summer top that you are looking for, then make the Bardot (top) your bae.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Pink Solid Bardot Top (Rs 1,149) by ONLY


3. Blouson Top


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A blouson top or a blouse is typically a flowing top with a fitted or elasticated waistband and is anything but basic. These babies look the best with skinny jeans and wide-legged pants alike, and are timeless. Usually, a blouson top comes with three-fourth length or long sleeves, but it can also come with a statement-making sleeve style.


Suitable for body type: Inverted triangle-shaped, rectangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Navy Blue & Beige Printed Blouson Top (Rs 1,094) by Quiero


4. Bodysuit


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A bodysuit is a one-piece, form-fitting garment that covers the torso and the crotch. You can think of its style like that of a swimsuit. The best part about a bodysuit is that it doubles up as a body shaper, while staying stylish. Team it with any kind of bottoms and enjoy your day carefreely.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped, triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Mock Neck Flower Print Bodysuit (Rs 577) by Shein


5. Boxy Top


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A boxy top is a loose-fitting top and looks the best when teamed with skinny pants. It will give you an easy-breezy look without compromising on style, and isn’t that the dream? Not including a fashionable boxy top in your summer wardrobe would be a complete mistake.


Suitable for body type: Round-shaped, inverted triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: White Printed Boxy Top (Rs 1,199) by Forever 21


6. Bralette Top


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We all know what a bralette is. Now, one that can be worn as a top is a bralette top. It is shorter than a cropped top but slightly longer than a bra. While the length may vary, one thing is for sure - a bralette top is always above your navel and doesn’t necessarily have lace inserts. Style it with high-waisted pants for a fun day out with friends. Throw over a blazer for a classy cum sassy look.


Suitable for body type: Rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Maroon Printed Bralette Top (Rs 2,399) by Forever 21


7. Cape-style Top


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While a cape is a sleeveless outerwear which drapes the wearer's back, arms and chest, and fastens at the neck, a cape top has sleeves (at least elbow long) and usually sits around the waist, although it can also be a longer top. Either the entire top will be like a cape in itself or layered like one. It is worn like a T-shirt only and has no separate tie-ups or fastening details. When in a dressy mood, you know what to pick this summer.


Suitable for body type: Rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped, inverted triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Mustard Yellow Solid Cape Top (Rs 519) by Ruhaans


8. Cami Top


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Speaking of types of summer tops, what is a summer wardrobe without some breezy, silky-soft, and comfy tops, eh? A cami top is a fancy camisole with spaghetti straps which, unlike a camisole, is worn as a top rather than an underslip. Cami tops look best with boyfriend jeans but you can also style them with mini shorts and skirts. For a bar-hopping look, style your cami top with a jacket, and for a casual outing, wear the top on a basic or striped T-shirt nailing layering even in summers.


Suitable for body type: Rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Off-White Printed Top (Rs 714) by Marie Claire


9. Cinched Waist Top


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For the last couple of years, street style mavens and designers alike have been about the waist. A cinched waist top aims at giving you a slimming effect. The cinch can be laced-up, ruched, knotted or simply gathered - anything that works at accentuating that curvy waist.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Rust Red Solid Cinched Waist Top (Rs 1,499) by Nush


10. Cold-Shoulder Top


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The cold-shoulder trend reigned supreme in 2017, gained more momentum in 2018 and, if celebrity looks are to be believed, isn’t sitting on the sidelines in 2019 either. Be it with dresses, tops or even Indian wear! I personally love the sleeve trend in tops. A cold-shoulder top, owing to its shoulder cut-outs, can make any boring OOTD look anything but that. The trend is chic with a subtle dash of sexy so much so that we still can’t get enough of it and are sure neither can you!


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: White & Pink Printed Cold-Shoulder Top (Rs 849) by AND


11. Corset Top


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Corset tops in a lace-up style made waists, oops, I mean waves everywhere this past year. Corset tops, or should we say the pseudo corset, fit tightly below the chest, around the waist, giving your figure flattering shape. In fact, it can be thought of as a type of cinched waist top. Add balloon or bishop sleeves to the scenario and you have a vintage look ready in minutes!


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Crop Top with Corset Lace-Up (Rs 720) by Influence


12. Choker Top


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Chokers were all the rage in 2017. But as the necklace trend started losing its fanbase, it made a comeback with the choker top. Nothing but a regular top with a V or a round neckline, the choker top has a small strip of fabric of the same print attached at the top. It’s almost as if you’re wearing a matching choker with your top. With this one, you can leave all the accessorising to a pair of hoops or drop earrings ‘coz the choker will take care of all the glam, girl.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Ribbed Crop Top with Choker Neckline (Rs 525) by Glamorous


13. Crop Top


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A crop top needs no introduction. Think of it as a regular top cropped or cut short so as to reveal the midriff or stomach. From casual outings to dressy affairs to some effortlessly stylish college looks, there is a crop top for every occasion. They are a fashion essential for every size and shape of women. Here’s how to wear a crop top the right way so it fits you in the best way possible.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped, inverted triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Black Striped Top (Rs 719) by Sassafras


14. Empire Waist Top


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An empire waist is a type of dress or top with a raised waistline that aligns far up above your natural waistline, just under your bust. It can be in elastic or come with a drawstring fastening that you can cinch to your suiting. In case you’re conscious about that muffin top (you don’t need to be because you’re gorgeous regardless) this style is a godsend because it emphasizes your natural, beautiful curves.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, round-shaped, inverted triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Navy & Brown Checked Empire Top (Rs 3,419) by Esprit


15. Ethnic Top


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We all have our favourite double-duty pieces of clothing. Most ethnic kurtis can double up as long tops for jeans. When styling one, go for short ones with an empire waistline or a flared silhouette for boho chic feels. Accessorise well ‘coz this one is a desi contemporary style that begs for some bling.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Black Printed Empire Top (Rs 852) by Rain & Rainbow


16. Fitted Top


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A fitted top is the bodycon dress in the world of tops. It is a body-hugging style that is as easy to style as it is versatile. Pair it with baggy pants and sneakers and a sling bag for a street style look. Or style it with skinny jeans or jeggings and layer with a chic longline shrug. Fitted tops are made to take the shape of your body, and that is exactly why we love them so.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, triangle-shaped, inverted triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: White Solid Fitted Top (Rs 374) by Martini


17. Halter Top


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A halter top, thanks to the tie-up neckline and backless-ness, can make you look your sensual best. A very youthful pick, this style is quite popular among millennials due to its versatility and sombre sex appeal. Paired equally well with distressed jeans and a wrap-around skirt, this top is sure to make heads turn in your direction.


Suitable for body type: Rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Red Self-Design Blouson Top (Rs 899) by All About You


18. High-low Top/Asymmetrical Top


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As is suggestive, this type of top has an irregular hemline. The length can range between your waist and thighs. A high-low top looks best when paired with fitted bottoms. So what are you waiting for? You will never have a flat line again in your fashion game with a high-low top like this.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Teal Solid High-Low Top (Rs 629) by Cation


19. Kaftan


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A kaftan, traditionally worn as a coverup, is a variant of a robe that can be worn as a top, a tunic or a dress. It could be made of wool, cashmere, silk, or cotton, and may be worn with a sash. It is one of our fave types of summer tops because it combines the best qualities of a high-low top and a cape top owing to the hemline and stylised sleeves. If loose tops are your calling, a kaftan is a must-have.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Black Printed Kaftan Top (Rs 824) by Global Desi


20. Kimono


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Make room for the up and about kimono sleeves. Inspired by the traditional Japanese robe, a kimono is a long, loose piece of clothing with wide sleeves often tied with a sash, making them breathable yet stylish. Unlike a kaftan, a kimono has a straight hemline and a very clean look.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Kimono Sleeve Chiffon Shirt (Rs 618) by Shein


21. Layered Top


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We are pretty sure you would want to invest in a layered top like this one. Layered tops are a great pick for a dressy day at college or at work. They are the perfect number for those, ‘I have nothing to wear’ days that escalate to a mental breakdown within seconds, every once in a while. You need not worry about accessorising too much since they’re two-in-one fun. Plus, these will make your winters easier and lighter but warmer while at it.


Suitable for body type: Round-shaped, rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Mauve Layered Floral Print Top (Rs 489) by Sassafras


22. Maxi Top


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Hoping to pack light for your next vacay? Ditch those regular tops and tees and go for a stylish maxi top instead. A maxi top is a type of long top and is an excellent choice for doubling up as a dress too. Just slip into a pair of shorts underneath et voilà. Lately, maxi tops with navel-high front slits are ruling the trend charts. So get one stat!


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped, inverted triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Black & Maroon Block Print Legacy Longline Top (Rs 999) by Taavi


23. Off-Shoulder Top


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The off-shoulder trend has stylishly taken over western wear, and even Indian wear, thanks to the bold, bare-shoulder look. The neckline starts at the shoulders leaving all of your neck and shoulders completely bare. Think of it as a regular top with the sleeves pulled down below your shoulder level. The top has a flat neckline and is an elegant option for special occasions. I used to wear it to college and my internships all the time and when all else failed, an off-shoulder top always made me feel pretty.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: White & Pink Printed Bardot Top (Rs 1,374) by Dorothy Perkins


24. One-Shoulder Top


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The one-shoulder top, as the name suggests, has one shoulder bared and the other one sleeved. The style was ushered in with the cold-shoulder trend on the runways at the start of 2017 and successfully made its way to our closets without a second thought. Two years later, it is still one of our favourite type of summer tops. We love this feminine piece of clothing that can be twisted and styled in ways that will suit every body type. How are you planning to style it?


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Burgundy Solid One Shoulder Top (Rs 749) by All About You


25. Peplum Top


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Peplums are known to accentuate your figure in the most flattering way. A peplum top has a short, gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist to create a hanging frill or flounce. An amazing workwear pick, these types of tops have become wardrobe essentials for the modern working woman and we don’t see why not!


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, round-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Black Solid Peplum Top (Rs 489) by Harpa


26. Ruffled Top


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Ruffles add an out-of-the-world, ornamental charm to clothes with their goffered frill and flounce especially on tops. The ruffle can be found on the hem of the top, the neck design, the cuff of the sleeves or all over in tiers. They add a dash of volume to your look and are perfect for petite women.


Suitable for body type: Rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Khaki Solid Top (Rs 539) by Pluss


27. Sheer Top


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Sheer tops are see-through owing to the thin cloth they are made of, which is semi-transparent. These fabrics include chiffon, georgette, and gauze. With pretty embroidery and embellishments on dressier pieces, the tops that do not come with a lining can be teamed with a camisole underneath. Other than sheer, lace and mesh can also give you a similar look.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped, inverted triangle-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Green Embroidered Sheer Top (Rs 599) by Tokyo Talkies


28. Shirt Style Top


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A top that has a button-down fastening like a shirt is a shirt style top. It is less formal than a regular shirt since the collar is not a characteristic feature here. Plus, a shirt style top is not as crisp and structured as your office shirts. It’s the perfect way to make your 9 to 5 life more stylish without tucking yourself into a crease-free casket.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Pink Solid Semi-Sheer Shirt Style Top (Rs 749) by All About You


29. Styled Back Top


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A styled back top has a stylised back design whereas its front could be as simple as a T-shirt’s. From a criss-cross design to a keyhole design or a tie-up fastening, it comes in different back designs so you can stylishly flaunt that sexy back, yeah!


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Lace Up Open Back Crop Tee (Rs 687) by Shein


30. Tank Top


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A tank top is a close-fitting sleeveless top and is often made of ribbed cotton. Named after tank suits, which were one-piece bathing suits worn in tanks or swimming pools in the 1920s, this top consists of a low hanging neckline and comes in shoulder straps of varying widths. They usually come in solid colours and look totally classic when teamed with blue jeans and sneakers.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Rust Solid Tank Top (Rs 499) by Zink London


31. Tie-up Top


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There are several different types of tie-up tops - one, with tie-ups joining in the front (like a cinched waist top), two, where the divided hem is tied into a knot in the centre, three, with tie-up details around the neck, etc etc. Needless to say, a tie-up top will add a new dimension to your OOTD. Pair it with your favourite jeans and don’t forget to accessorise with a cool pair of sunglasses.


Suitable for body type: Rectangle-shaped, pear-shaped, inverted-triangle


POPxo Recommends: V Neckline Self Tie Waist Blouse (Rs 1,272) by Shein


32. Tiered Top


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A tiered top, as is evident, is a top made to look as if it is overlapped on top of a previous layer, creating different tiers. This technique works best with flared styles to add more drama to the outfit. Whether the tiers are on the body of the top, the sleeves, the hem or the neck design, compliments are guaranteed with such tops.


Suitable for body type: Rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Coral Red Solid Tiered Top (Rs 1,079) by Marc Loire


33. Tube Top/Bandeau Top


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The bandeau top or the tube top is a sure shot way to look sexy without looking scandalous. A tube top has no sleeves and is typically well-fitted and cropped or, at the most, waist-length. Your high-waisted jeans and skirts will find a good pair in this style. They also work great as a supportive item of clothing, for instance, you can wear your denim dungarees with a cute bandeau top underneath and give your bra a rest.


Suitable for body type: Hourglass-shaped, rectangle-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Red Woven Design Crop Tube Top (Rs 839) by Forever 21


34. Tunic


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A tunic is a loose-fitting top that reaches the mid thighs and can be worn as a dress as well. It is usually simple in style and comes in statement-making prints and patterns. You can also wear it with a dhoti or churidar and turn up the fusion fever of your OOTD. Remember Deepika Padukone’s iconic outfit from Love Aaj Kal in the song Chor Bazari? Yeah, that’s what we mean.


Suitable for body type: All


POPxo Recommends: Yellow & Green Tie & Dye Printed A-Line Tunic (Rs 549) by AKS


35. Wrap Top


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Just like a wrap dress only shorter, a wrap top is a type of tie-up top. Its elegance lies in the way it wraps across your body to create a feminine silhouette that shows off your shape in the best way possible. This style is so chic and can be worn to brunches, dinners, as well as to the office. Just wear it over a pair of pants of your choice and go from AM to PM in style.


Suitable for body type: Round-shaped, triangle-shaped, pear-shaped


POPxo Recommends: Navy Blue Printed Wrap Top (Rs 800) by FabAlley


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Published on Dec 20, 2017
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