I’ve been taking stock of my warm-weather wardrobe and evaluating what might need a refresh. One category that always seems to be near the top of my wish list is lightweight tops with sleeves. Not basic tees, but print tops and blouses that can provide a focal point for an outfit when it’s too warm to layer.
Yes, some of you may live where it’s already hot and humid and will shudder at the idea of wearing anything with sleeves. But for those of us who either “run cold” or live where it’s milder (or just prefer a little arm coverage), I’ve rounded up some this season’s fresh styles.
Lightweight Tops With Sleeves
It’s been my experience that sleeveless tops are relatively easy to find, but styles with a little more arm coverage (especially in breathable, lightweight fabrics) are a bit more elusive. For this roundup, I’ve looked for wear-now-wear-later styles in mostly natural fibers (cotton, linen). And yes, they’re all washable!
For a more refined look, try a tee with a slim elbow sleeve. This one is a cotton/modal blend, available in several colors (and some prints), sizes 00 (0/2) to 4 (20-22). And here’s a similar style with a v-neck.
Here’s a breezy white top with eyelet detail, sustainably produced from 100% “upcycled” cotton.
A relaxed button front shirt can be a versatile player in a summer wardrobe. Wear it loose or knotted with relaxed trousers, as a swimsuit cover-up, or open over a tank. Blue stripes are nice, but how about this pear green? The fabric is “silky cotton,” which is very lightweight and soft.