On My Style Radar: Lightweight Tops With Sleeves

Lightweight tops with sleeves for women. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Continuing with the theme of styles you can wear at home now, and wear out later, I’ve rounded up a few tops for warmer weather.

Lightweight Tops With Sleeves

I’ve focused this collection on 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 more scarce. And all of these are washable!

Knits

If you’re shopping for basic, solid tees, the world is pretty much your oyster. Everlane has some good ones, as does Madewell. If you like a more substantial fabric, Lands’ End Supima cotton is a good alternative.

J.Jill Pima Cotton scoop neck tee. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

But if you’re looking for something a little more refined, here’s a scoop neck tee with a bit of shape and flattering elbow sleeves. This one’s available in Misses, Petite and Plus sizes, in several soft, pretty colors.

Talbot's split neck cotton tee with elbow sleeves. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s another nice elbow-sleeve cotton tee. Offered in Misses, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite sizes, 5 color options.

Lands' End supima cotton polo shirt. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A cotton knit polo shirt offers the comfort of a tee, but with a little more structure. This one is offered in Misses, Petites, Tall and Plus sizes in over a dozen colors.

Chico's cotton blend slub tee. Details and more lightweight tops with sleeves at une femme d'un certain age.

This cotton-modal blend tee has tab sleeves and a flattering rounded hem. Several colors available in Misses (02-22) & Petite sizes.

Talbot's gradient polka dot tee. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Stripes are always classic, but so are polka dots. This black and white (hello, Winters!) polka dot tee is available in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite sizes.

Woven Tops

Lightweight tops with sleeves: Chico's no-iron linen shirt in blue/white stripe. Details at une femme d'un certain age

I’m a big fan of easy linen shirts, and have found them to be a comfortable option even in extreme heat. I don’t mind the wrinkles, but if you do, here’s a no-iron option in a classic blue and white stripe. I like those bracelet sleeves too!

J.Jill easy linen shirt in natural/white stripe. Details and more lightweight tops with sleeves at une femme d'un certain age.

A slightly oversized shirt like this one looks great worn on its own, or as a lightweight topper over a tank or tee. In Misses, Petite, Plus & Tall sizes.

Everlane silky cotton lantern shirt. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Cotton, but make it soft. This “silky cotton” fabric has a worn-in feel, and is drapey without being limp. The collarless style and gathered sleeves give it a more feminine vibe. Sizes 00-16, and more colors.

Court & Rowe cotton dot top in Plus. Details and more lightweight tops with sleeves at une femme d'un certain age.

This breezy 100% cotton top has a fun dot texture. Offered in Plus sizes, and three soft colors.

Sanctuary gingham cotton blouse. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I also really like the look of this soft mandarin collar blouse in a neutral gingham. The rounded hem makes it easy to wear tucked or untucked.

Warm Weather Ahead: More Lightweight Tops…

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14 Comments

  1. Mary
    March 26, 2020 / 5:17 am

    Sound like you have some sources for cute sleeveless tops. Can you suggest some? Thanks.

  2. Becky
    March 26, 2020 / 6:13 am

    Susan, I just wanted to comment on how much I look forward to reading your posts now more than ever. I appreciate all you do to share a lighthearted diversion during this new normal of “Staying Home” . THANK YOU !

  3. Linda P
    March 26, 2020 / 7:13 am

    Susan. I enjoy your posts! Keep them coming!

  4. PatB
    March 26, 2020 / 8:32 am

    Thanks for this upbeat, practical post. Very helpful while we all try to keep well and be positive.

  5. Shawn
    March 26, 2020 / 8:54 am

    Wow! I feel like I’ve hit the motherlode of cute tops! Thanks!!

  6. Rita
    March 26, 2020 / 8:57 am

    I generally prefer long sleeves. That way, I can wear as is when the AC is too cold, but then I can roll up to bracelet, 3/4, or even elbow length. I see the longer shirts tend to have straight hems, that is a good thing. Because, a long knit top with a rounded hem will start to flip up. I have a couple of those near my sewing machine that I intend to straighten, once I finish making some masks!

    • Rita
      March 26, 2020 / 9:00 am

      I do love the EF handkerchief linen tops!

      • Susan Blakey
        Author
        March 26, 2020 / 9:31 am

        Me too!

  7. Jan Whichard
    March 26, 2020 / 10:24 am

    Your blog in my e mailbox is like a petite present I get to unwrap each morning. Thank you.

    I was thinking and then decided that when this situation is behind us, people will need items they had planned on buying but now can’t. So…I’m going through every room in my house and identifying what I can donate of good quality. Clothes, shoes, kitchenware, furniture items, office supplies, etc.

    Also, I note people up here in the Sacramento area who have citrus trees are picking the fruit this year And giving it away instead of letting it rot on the tree. Also any unwanted canned and sealed food stuffs can go over to the food bank.

    Never had this kind of time on my hands. My law practice is at a standstill. I’m virtual with my grandkids who live nearby. Very odd.

  8. Gayle
    March 26, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    I really appreciate your selection of tops with sleeves. I want to cover up my uppers arms. I’m too old for tanks, camis and short sleeves.

    But another issue is that I am short, particularly short waisted. Lots of tops are too long on me. And most don’t come in petite. So, how do you shorten a knit, like a t-shirt? I have a sewing machine, but hemming with that doesn’t seem to work very well.

    • Lyn
      March 27, 2020 / 9:15 am

      I sew as well and have struggled with “wavy” looking hem seams. Try a water soluable stabilizer like Solvy. Cut it in long strips about 1″ wide and pin it along the intended hem line. Use a slightly longer stitch length on knits — try 4.0.
      Or, even easier — Lands End and LL Bean have a lot of petite tops. Lands’ End often has exact garment measurements online. For Bean, I usually call them for garment measurements before I buy. Their idea of “regular fit” and my idea are often different — I’d rather get the measurements and decide for myself.

      • Gayle Murphy
        March 27, 2020 / 10:10 am

        Thank you. And I think you are right. Just buy petite tops that are shorter in the body and be done with it.

        All the best, particularly in these so difficult times.

        Gayle Murphy

  9. JMod
    March 26, 2020 / 5:14 pm

    Thank you. I ordered the polka dot shirt. Love your posts.

  10. March 27, 2020 / 12:30 pm

    Thanks! I love these suggestions!

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