A racer back top is an article of clothing worn on a person’s torso, typically by a woman, which is cut and sewn to reveal the wearer’s shoulders and shoulder blades. The top may be designed for wear under another garment, as a supportive undergarment such as a bra, or as a top that is meant to be worn to be revealing and show off the wearer’s figure. Though these tops may come in various patterns and colors, with different styles and purposes, the unifying aspect of all is the shape of the back of the article.
Some bras come in a racer back style and have become increasingly popular, especially for wear under garments of a similar shape. A racer back bra can be an excellent choice for wear under a tank top or similar thin-strapped top. This allows the wearer to have the support and discretion provided by a bra, while ensuring that the straps can remain concealed under the similar straps of the tank top, leading to a more complimentary shape and form for the garment. A tank top is also typically considered a racer back top as it is shaped to reveal the shoulders and shoulder blades of the wearer. Some pieces of lingerie are also accompanied by a racer back top to create a sexy and playful look that conceals some areas while exposing the shoulders of the wearer.
The shape of a racer back top can also be the perfect choice to be worn under another garment, such as a sweater or a light blouse. Such a top can be helpful in providing a bit more warmth to the wearer’s body but keeping the arms, shoulders, and armpits from getting too warm during wear. Many athletic garments are cut in the style of a racer back to ensure ease of movement, a clean shape that allows the wearer to not become overheated, and comfort during exercise or while playing sports.
A more elaborate and glamorous style of racer back top can also be created in a racer back dress. This type of garment combines the revealing, cooling, and complimentary shape of the racer back with the elegance of a longer dress. The versatility of the racer back shape comes in how the item is worn, as a single top could be used as an undergarment, worn alone, or as a piece of sexy eveningwear.