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A sleeveless shirt is a shirt manufactured without sleeves, or one whose sleeves have been cut off. Sleeveless shirts are worn by people of any gender, depending on the style. They are often used as undershirts, are often worn by athletes in sports such as track and field and triathlon, and are regarded as acceptable public casual dress in most warm weather locales.

Contents

1 Types

1.1 A-shirt 1.2 Camisole 1.3 Dudou 1.4 Halter top 1.5 Muscle shirt 1.6 Tube top

2 References

Types[edit] A-shirt[edit]

A man wearing a sleeveless shirt

The term "A-shirt" is short for "athletic shirt"[citation needed] because it is often worn in sports, such as basketball and track-and-field events. In the United States and Canada, it is commonly known as a tank top and also in the US by the pejorative nicknames wife-beater (sometimes just beater) and guinea tee or dago tee ("guinea" and "dago" being US ethnic slurs for people of Italian ethnicity). In the UK an A-shirt, especially when used as an undershirt, is known as a vest[1] (compare the American usage of "vest"). Another term is singlet, used in England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand. In the Philippines, when used as an undershirt it is called a sando. In Bangladesh
Bangladesh
and the State of West Bengal
West Bengal
in India
India
it is called as sando-genji; in other eastern states of India
India
it is called sando-ganji. In India
India
it is known as a banian and is used extensively as an undershirt to absorb sweat and prevent its penetration to outer layers of clothing. In France it is commonly called a "marcel" since its first large-scale production by Marcel Eisenberg for the Parisian handlers during the mid 19th century, or more formally a "débardeur", meaning "docker", "porter" or "stevedore". In addition to athletic usage, A-shirts have traditionally been used as undershirts, especially with suits and dress shirts. They are sometimes worn alone without a dress shirt or top shirt during very warm and/or humid weather, mainly in North America where the climate is warmer and more humid in the summer. A-shirts are often worn alone under very casual settings, as lounge wear, and/or while completing yard work or other chores around the home. The build of an A-shirt is simple: the neck and armholes are often reinforced for durability. One usually has large armholes and neck holes and a neckline that can reach down as far as the bottom of the chest. (Women's A-shirts have smaller holes, to conceal their breasts.) They are also sometimes made long to make tucking into a pair of jeans/shorts easier. In almost all cases, they are buttonless, collarless, and pocketless. An A-shirt worn as an undershirt is designed for a tight fit and is often made of ribbed cotton. A tank top consists of a sleeveless shirt with low neck and different shoulder straps width. It is named after tank suits, one-piece bathing suits of the 1920s worn in tanks or swimming pools.[2] The upper garment is worn commonly by both men and women. Camisole[edit] Main article: Camisole

A camisole being used as a blouse.

A camisole, also called just cami, is a sleeveless undergarment for women, normally extending to the waist. They often have spaghetti straps. Originally worn as an undershirt, like the A-shirt they have become increasingly used as warm-weather outerwear. The camisole is usually made of satin, nylon, or cotton. Dudou[edit] Main articles: Dudou
Dudou
and Yếm A dudou ("belly cover"), known as a yem in Vietnamese contexts, is an item of East Asian clothing resembling an silk apron or bib but traditionally used as an undershirt or bodice to flatten the figure and, medicinally, to preserve stomach qi. Beginning around the year 2000, Western and Chinese fashion has also begun incorporating them as a sleeveless and backless shirt for women. Halter top[edit] Main article: Halterneck A halter top is a sleeveless shirt in which a strap goes around the back of the neck, leaving the upper back uncovered. Halter tops are worn mainly by girls and women. Muscle shirt[edit] A sleeveless T-shirt, also called a muscle shirt, is the same design as a T-shirt, but without sleeves. Some sleeveless T-shirts, which possess smaller, narrower arm holes, can be worn by both women and men, but those with larger, wider arm holes are primarily worn by men, since the larger arm holes would expose the female breast under certain circumstances. They are often worn during athletic activities or as casual wear during warmer weather. They are colloquially known as shooter shirts in the southern United States. They were quite popular in the 1980s and were stereotypically associated with surfers and bodybuilders (hence the name "muscle" shirt) who often bore the logo of their gyms on these shirts.[citation needed] Muscle shirts/shooter shirts without logos are now more commonly worn as casual wear. Tube top[edit] Main article: Tube top A tube top is a shirt with no sleeves or shoulders, basically a tube that wraps around a woman's torso. Some versions cover most of the torso while others leave a large midriff. In British and Australian English, they are informally known as boob tubes.[3] References[edit]

^ "Cambridge Dictionaries Online – Cambridge University Press". Retrieved 19 June 2008.  ^ "definition of tank top by The Free Dictionary". Farlex. Retrieved June 5, 2015.  ^ "Define Boob tube at Dictionary.com". Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 

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Clothing

Historical clothing • Traditional and national clothing

Tops

Blouse Cache-cœur Cardigan Crop top Dress
Dress
shirt Guayabera Guernsey Halterneck Henley shirt Hoodie Jersey Polo shirt Shirt Sleeveless shirt Sweater Sweater
Sweater
vest T-shirt Tube top Turtleneck Twinset

Trousers

Bell-bottoms Bermuda shorts Bondage pants Capri pants Cargo pants Chaps Cycling shorts Dress
Dress
pants High water pants Hotpants Lowrise pants Jeans Jodhpurs Leggings Overall Palazzo pants Parachute pants Pedal pushers Phat pants Shorts Slim-fit pants Sweatpants Windpants Yoga pants

Skirts

A-line skirt Ballerina skirt Denim skirt Men's skirts Miniskirt Pencil skirt Prairie skirt Rah-rah skirt Sarong Skort Tutu Wrap

Dresses

Ball gown Bouffant gown Coatdress Cocktail dress Débutante dress Formal wear Frock Evening gown Gown House dress Jumper Little black dress Princess line Sheath dress Shirtdress Slip dress Strapless dress Sundress Wedding dress Wrap dress

Suits and uniforms

Academic dress Ball dress Black tie Boilersuit Cleanroom suit Clerical clothing Court dress Gymslip Hazmat suit Jumpsuit Kasaya Lab coat Military uniform Morning dress Onesie Pantsuit Red Sea rig Romper suit School uniform Scrubs Stroller Tuxedo Vestment White tie

Outerwear

Apron Blazer British Warm Cagoule Cape Chesterfield Coat Covert coat Cut-off Duffel coat Flight jacket Gilet Goggle jacket Guards coat Harrington jacket Hoodie Jacket Jerkin Leather jacket Mess jacket Opera coat Overcoat Parka Paletot Pea coat Poncho Raincoat Robe Safari jacket Shawl Shrug Ski suit Sleeved blanket Smoking jacket Sport coat Trench coat Ulster coat Waistcoat Windbreaker

Underwear (lingerie)

Top

Bra Camisole Undershirt

Bottom

Diaper Panties Plastic pants Slip Thong Underpants

Boxer briefs Boxer shorts Midway briefs Briefs

Full

Adult bodysuit Infant bodysuit Long underwear Playsuit Teddy

Footwear

Boot Court shoe Dress
Dress
shoe Flip-flops Hosiery Sandal Shoe Spats Slipper Sneakers Sock Stocking Tights

Headwear

Baseball cap Beret Cap Fedora Hat Helmet Hood Kerchief Knit cap Toque Turban Veil

Neckwear

Ascot tie Bow tie Cravat Neckerchief Necktie Scarf

Nightwear

Babydoll Blanket sleeper Negligee Nightgown Nightshirt Pajamas

Swimwear

Bikini Burkini Boardshorts Dry suit Monokini One-piece Rash guard Square leg suit Swim briefs Swim diaper Trunks Wetsuit

Accessories

Belt Coin purse Cufflink Cummerbund Gaiters Glasses Gloves Headband Handbag Jewellery Muff Pocket protector Pocket watch Sash Sunglasses Suspenders Umbrella Wallet Wristwatch

See also

Activewear Clothing
Clothing
fetish Clothing
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technology Clothing
Clothing
terminology Costume Cross-dressing Dress
Dress
code

Western

Fashion Haute couture History of clothing See-through clothing

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Men's undergarments

Upper body

Male bra Sleeveless shirt
Sleeveless shirt
(A-shirt / singlet / tank top) T-shirt Henley shirt Undershirt Telnyashka

Lower body

Boxer briefs Midway briefs Boxer shorts Briefs
Briefs
(slip / Y-fronts) Fundoshi Jockstrap
Jockstrap
(athletic supporter) Compression shorts Pantyhose for men Tanga Thong (G-string) Trunks Willy warmer

Full body

Long underwear
Long underwear
(long johns) Union suit

Hosiery

Compression stockings Leggings Pantyhose Sock Stocking Tabi

Historical

Breechcloth Chausses Codpiece Doublet Garter Hose Loincloth Union suit

Brands

2(x)ist 2wink Abercrombie & Fitch American Eagle American Apparel Andrew Christian aussieBum Bonds BVD Calvin Klein Diesel S.p.A. DKNY Dolce & Gabbana Emporio Armani Fruit of the Loom Hanes Hugo Boss Jockey International Joe Boxer Mundo Unico Munsingwear Pringle John Smedley's Stanfield's Under Armou