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What kind of top can be your wardrobe staple? A crop top or tank top or camisole? This article writes about differences.

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This article is going to discuss the differences between a crop top, tank top, and camisole. Here are the main differences. In addition, this article will study the differences in details of historical origins, varieties, materials, and usages.

The main difference between a crop top and a tank top is the former has been cut to expose the stomach, midriff, or upper chest.

The main difference between a tank top and a camisole is that the former has wider straps, while the latter has thin straps.

The main difference between a crop top and a camisole is a cami is longer and sleeveless.

What is a crop top?

A crop top is a woman’s casual sleeveless upper garment or undergarment, which is cut short so that it reveals the stomach.

History origin

The history of the crop top began during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, when “Little Egypt” was performed by Egyptian dancers.

It wasn’t until the sexual revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s that it became popular, worn by celebrities.

In the 1980s, crop tops became increasingly popular as a part of the aerobics craze and as a result of the film Flashdance’s popularity.

The crop top has made a comeback in the 2010s owing to 1990s fashion’s resurgence and will continue to be fashionable into the 2020s.

Varieties of crop tops

five different styles of crop tops

Ruffle Sleeve Crop Top

Off Shoulder Crop Top

Henley Crop Top

Tie-Dye Crop Top

Mock Neck Crop Top

Choker Crop Top

Halter Crop Top

Cut-out Sleeve Crop Top

V Neck Crop Top

Scoop Neck Crop Top

Split Sleeve Crop Top

What is a tank top?

A tank top is a type of shirt that covers the upper arms and does not reach the waist. It falls at or above the hip and typically has a hem at the end of it.

Tank tops can be divided into two groups: sleeveless tops and sweater vests.  A tank top usually has wide shoulder straps.

History origin

In the United States and Canada, a tank top is named after a tank suit, a one-piece bathing suit of the 1920s worn in tanks or swimming pools.

Due to its athletic usage, a tank top also called a sleeveless shirt, a muscle shirt, was quite popular in the 1980s and was commonly associated with bodybuilders.

Such shirts without logos are now more commonly worn as casual wear.

Varieties of tank tops

five different styles of tank tops

Athletic Tank Tops

Backless Tank Tops

Basic White Tank Tops

Cut-Out Tank Tops

Muscle Tank Tops

Halter Tank Tops

Racerback Tank Tops

Sheer Tops

Thick Strap Tank Tops

Halter Tops

What is a camisole?

A camisole sometimes referred to as a cami, is a sleeveless undergarment for women that usually reaches about the waist as part of their clothing for modesty or warmth under other garments such as dresses or blouses.

They are commonly accompanied by spaghetti straps. A cami is usually made of satin, nylon, or cotton.

History origin

Historically, camisole referred to jackets of various kinds, including overshirts and sleeved jackets worn by men.

Since 1989, some camisoles have included a built-in underwear bra or other support, eliminating the need for a bra among people who don’t want to wear one. Camisoles have been known to be worn as outerwear since around the 2000s.

Nowadays, a camisole is a sleeveless garment with thin spaghetti straps or dainty noodle straps. It may be worn over a bra or without one.

Varieties of camisoles

five different styles of camisoles

Lace Cami

Shapewear Camisole

Wide Strap Camisole

Reversible Camisole

Molded Cup Camisole

Babydoll Camisole

Racerback Camisole

UV Protective Cami

Open Back Camisole

Front Zipper Camisole

Chart of tank tops vs. camisoles

Tank TopsCamisoles
wide strapsspaghetti straps
worn by both men and women worn by women
normally have custom designs layering shirts, normally have lace trimmings
cotton, polyester nylon, silk, satin, and cotton spandex
can be worn alone aren’t typic
tank tops vs. camisoles

Chart of crop tops vs. camisoles

Crop TopsCamisoles
short or long sleeves sleeveless
can be worn alone aren’t typically worn alone
worn by both men and women worn by women
normally have custom designs normally have lace trimmings
cotton, polyester nylon, silk, satin, and cotton spandex
short top, expose stomachusually longer
crop tops vs. camisoles

Similar features between camisoles and tank tops

Both camisoles and tops are styles of sleeveless clothing that are comfy and versatile. Tank tops are sleeveless and collarless. So are camisoles.

Both are generally available in solid colors and can be worn beneath blouses, shirts, jackets, and cardigans.

Similar features between crop tops and camisoles

Crop tops and camisoles both can be loose-fitting.

Wearing a crop top or a camisole has been seen a major resurgence in popularity

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In summary

Crop tops are a great wardrobe staple because they can be worn with almost anything. They’re easy to dress up or down and look best on women who have smaller busts. They are actually a fancier version for tanktops.

Tank tops are often overlooked in favor of crop tops for women. But they certainly deserve more credit than that! They become more and more popular, especially for exercise shirts.

Camisoles are simple sleeveless garments worn under blouses or shirts. They are most commonly made from cotton, silk, satin, and spandex. A camisole may feature lace trimmings at the neckline and hem.

As for different groups, crop tops and tank tops are worn by both men and women, which camisoles can be only worn by women.

As for different materials, crop tops and tank tops usually can be made of cotton, polyester. While camisoles usually are made of silk, satin, spandex, and so on.

As for different strap styles, camisoles often have spaghetti straps or bra straps. While tank tops have wider straps. And Crop tops usually have sleeves and are always tight fitting.

As for different lengths, tank tops and camisoles can be regular lengths. While crop tops are usually very short.

As for different applications, crop tops, and tank tops often can be worn alone. While camisoles always need to be worn under other garments.

Hi, I’m Evelyn Ma, the content editor of mgoofashion.com. I’ve been in this fashion & apparel field for 8 years, and the purpose of this article is to share with you the knowledge related to custom clothing from a Chinese supplier’s perspective.

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