Shirt

A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body. Originally an undergarment worn exclusively by men, it has become, in American English, a catch-all term for a broad variety of upper-body garments and undergarments. In British English, a shirt is more specifically a garment with a collar, sleeves with cuffs, and a full vertical opening with buttons or snaps. A shirt can also be worn with a necktie under the shirt collar.

  • Camp shirt – a loose, straight-cut, short sleeved shirt or blouse with a simple placket front-opening and a “camp collar”.
  • 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
  • White shirt – usually dress shirt which its colour is white
    • Dinner shirt – a shirt specifically made to be worn with male evening wear, e.g. a black tie or white tie.
    • Guayabera – an embroidered dress shirt with four pockets.
  • Poet shirt – a loose-fitting shirt or blouse with full bishop sleeves, usually with large frills on the front and on the cuffs.
  • 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.
    • Long-sleeved T-shirt – a T-shirt with long sleeves that extend to cover the arms.
    • Ringer T-shirt – tee with a separate piece of fabric sewn on as the collar and sleeve hems
    • Halfshirt – a high-hemmed T-shirt
    • Sleeveless shirt – a shirt manufactured without sleeves, or one whose sleeves have been cut off, also called a tank top
      • 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.
      • 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
  • 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”).
    • Rugby shirt – a long-sleeved polo shirt, traditionally of rugged construction in thick cotton or wool, but often softer today
    • Henley shirt – a collarless polo shirt
  • Baseball shirt (jersey) – usually distinguished by a three quarters sleeve, team insignia, and flat waist seam
  • Sweatshirt – long-sleeved athletic shirt of heavier material, with or without hood
  • Tunic – primitive shirt, distinguished by two-piece construction. Initially a men’s garment, is normally seen in modern times being worn by women
  • 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
  • Nightshirt – often oversized, ruined or inexpensive light cloth undergarment shirt for sleeping.
  • 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.
  • Top shirt – a long-sleeved collarless polo shirt
  • Heavy shirt – a shirt with the heavy size that covers up under the neck
  • 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
  • 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