Tops to Wear When You Don’t Want to Go Sleeveless (Annual Post)
I love the look of a sheer, long-sleeved blouse or shirt. I have several and wear them in both cool and warm weather. This style will keep your arms covered while helping you stay cool. If the see-through fabric seems a little too transparent, you can always wear a camisole in a neutral or contrasting color. Rolling the sleeves up gives a long-sleeved blouse another style option as well as giving your skin some breathing room. Some shirt styles come with a button tab to hold up the sleeve when rolled, like the black and white blouse here.
Although not as prevalent as the style was a couple of years ago, the cold-shoulder look is still a great option. It works well for almost everyone – most people’s shoulders look good regardless of age and weight. There’s something a little sexy too about that peek of shoulder, almost more so than baring the entire arm.
I suppose this is a bit of a no brainer but still worth mentioning. The short sleeve top is a great option to keep cool when you prefer to keep your upper arms covered. Patterns help keep focus centered rather than on the arms.
This is a look I’ve recently come to really like. The elbow length sleeve hits just above the elbow. The trick for not falling into the trap of looking old when wearing this style (god forbid!) is to make sure the sleeve fits close to the arm rather than being loose.
The Classic White Blouse
The classic white shirt or blouse is a go-to for looking fresh and feeling cool while keeping arms covered. The white color doesn’t absorb heat the way darker colors do, and you always have the option of rolling the sleeves up to give arms a bit of air. It’s also fun to layer a dark lightweight camisole underneath.
If you don’t want to go sleeveless but still like a bare arm, the cap sleeve style gives just a tad more coverage than a tank top. But, to be honest, it seems to me that it almost gives more attention to the area where the skin is less than firm than a tank that has some embellishment features because of where the edge of the cap sleeve hits.
Although I don’t have a linen look featured in this post, the classic summer look of linen is a great, keep-cool option. You do have to accept that it’s going to be wrinkled, because that’s just linen. And there’s something classy about the rumpled appearance of linen.
And Then There Are Times for Sleeveless
There are going to be times that the right thing is sleeveless. Tropical vacations fall into that category. And times when you’re wearing a topper over a sleeveless top or dress and it gets too warm to leave the topper on. Here are a few tips:
- Embellishments to draw the eye – In these two outfits, embellishments (or accessories – the hat and scarf) draw the eye so the focus isn’t on the bare arms. They give the eye a place to rest and make their own bold statements.
- Pattern and texture – Wearing a top or dress with a print (this leopard tank) or interesting fabric is another way to draw the eye to someplace other than your bare arms.
And sometimes we might just say, who cares? I’m going to wear what I like.