Top 10 long-sleeved tops

Lynnette Peck / 07 July 2016

Not all of us dare to bare, and I am talking upper arms, so this is where the myriad of long-sleeve tops available come in super handy...



1 Striped t-shirt

The classic Breton striped top can be your long-sleeved t-shirt friend. Have it as a wardrobe staple and even when casual you will look smartly dressed. Team with linen trousers for summer and jeans (or leather trousers if you dare) for the cooler months.

Where to buy: boden.co.uk; seasaltcornwall.co.uk  

2 Silk blouse

A long-sleeved silk blouse is not just for City workers, but can be worn as everyday wear too. Buy the new crepe de chine fabrics that are machine washable. Hot pink is the latest fashion colour in silk tops if you wish to be bright.

Where to buy: goatfashion.com; bananarepublic.co.uk

3 Smock top

The boho, hippy trend is one that never seems to go away. This is to your advantage in long-sleeved tops as you can experiment with embroidery. Opt for a comfy white smock top with blue embroidery for the holiday season and black with red for the festive months.

Where to buy: uk.monsoon.co.uk; zara.com

4 Bodysuit

The bodysuit was a staple in the 1980s and was worn on its own with stonewash jeans. Our suggestion is to wear a long-sleeved bodysuit under a cardigan for comfort or pinafore-style dress. Once you wear one you will wonder why you didn’t have a drawer full before now.

Where to buy: marksandspencer.com; wolfordshop.co.uk

5 Tunic top

The long-sleeved tunic top will be one of the most hard-working pieces in your wardrobe. The fitted style is flattering and the current trend is for bold patterns. Equally good with leggings as it is with a maxi skirt.

Where to buy: very.co.uk; ambrosewilson.com

6 Pussybow blouse

Not since the days of a certain Iron Lady has the pussybow blouse been so popular. A great long-sleeved cover up to ensure you look smartly dressed. Can also be dressed down with jeans. Current trend is for polka dots and shades of peach and orange.

Where to buy: frenchconnection.com; laredoute.co.uk

7 Kaftan

The ultimate cover-up is the kaftan. Used to just be for the beach but now is worn for normal daywear. Good over denim shorts or white jeans for summer and opt for a sparkly one in winter to wear over black trousers or a skirt.

Where to buy: idealworld.tv; marisota.co.uk

8 Asymmetrical top

Long-sleeved asymmetrical tops are very flattering for those concerned with curves. Many shops are stocking them in two tone shades and in both linen and cotton. Pair with a waterfall cardigan.

Where to buy: peacocks.co.uk; cosstores.com/gb

9 White shirt

A wardrobe staple that looks classic when long sleeved. Current fashions are shirts in broderie anglaise or with a pleated bib to the front.

Where to buy: whitecompany.com; tmlewin.co.uk

10 Denim shirt

If you haven’t worn a long-sleeved denim shirt for a few decades, then now is the time to consider one. Can be worn closed for casual weekend wear or open over a maxi dress for a jacket effect. Go for dark denim for a more classic style.

Where to buy: jaeger.co.uk; whistles.com

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