With my own (early) Summer travel wardrobe in mind, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for some lightweight tops with sleeves. I find that unless it’s sweltering, a 3/4 sleeve top in a breathable fabric can be comfortable in warm conditions, as well as providing some protection from the sun.
Specifically, I’m looking for tops that:
- are casual, but more polished than a tee
- have enough visual interest to make an outfit look finished when it’s too warm for another layer
- have sleeves that can be pushed or rolled up
- could also be worn underneath a jacket or sweater if needed
- aren’t too stiff and corporate
Blue and white stripes are a perennial. You can roll up the sleeves on this gauzy cotton top.
Here’s a budget-friendly option, with roll-tab sleeves. (Other colors available too.)
This plus-size option in a cotton blend has fun, colorful stripes.
Floral prints are big this season, and I’ve seen a lot of pretty options. The Liberty print floral on this cotton top is just soooo good!
I usually try to steer clear of polyester, but this top is lightweight, breezy, and looks SO much better in person than it does online. (I thought it was silk until I read the care tag.) It can also be worn open as a light jacket, and won’t wrinkle, so has travel wardrobe potential.
Covered but cool: the eyelet panels on the sleeves of this cotton wrap top provide both ventilation and visual interest.
Polka dots are a fun touch, and elevate this chambray shirt. The fabric on this one is a Tencel blend, which gives it softness and drape, while still being cool and breathable.
What’s your sleeve length preference?