17 Long Sleeve Tops You Can Still Wear in Summer

Don't want to get your arms out? No problem.

I’m always excited to see the sun, but if you prefer to keep your arms covered up, it can come with a sense of dread.

Nearly all summer tops are sleeveless or strappy, but I promise it’s possible to find long-sleeve tops that don’t leave you sweating through them in the heat.

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The sun isn’t always shining here in the UK, so there are plenty of opportunities to wear long-sleeve tops comfortably without feeling overdressed.

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Whatever the reason you want to cover your arms, be it religion, scars or simply self-consciousness, there are plenty of tops, tees, shirts and blouses available to suit your needs.

The most important thing to look for when shopping for tops that won’t leave you sweating are lightweight materials like cotton and linen. A good way to cover up your arms is to wear open shirts over tank tops, or opt for crop tops with high-waisted bottoms.

If you’re comfortable to show off your legs, try shorts or opt for midi or maxi skirts if you want keep your skin covered. You can add chic accessories, a pair of summer sandals and of course, a straw bag.

Here are 17 of our favourites, from Zara, Mango, & Other Stories and more.

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Shop long-sleeve tops

ASOS DESIGN denim oversized shirt in green co-ord

Denim oversized shirt in green co-ord, £36, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

Soft long-sleeve top Monki

Soft long-sleeve top, £15, Monki – buy now

Voluminous Crop Top & Other Stories

Voluminous Crop Top, £55, & Other Stories – buy now

Dionne Blanket Stripe Cardigan Kitri

Dionne Blanket Stripe Cardigan, £125, Kitri – buy now

Olivia Rubin Women's Nikita Blouse - Lilac

Nikita Blouse, now £161, Olivia Rubin – buy now

H&M+ Smocked top

Smocked top, £17.99, H&M+ – buy now

Residence Shirt Ghospell

Residence Shirt, £69, Ghospell – buy now

La chemise Mejean cropped shirt

La chemise Mejean cropped shirt, £345, Jacquemus – buy now

Deep Scoop-Back Top Arket

Deep Scoop-Back Top, £25, Arket – buy now


Cropped cotton top, £29.99, Zara – buy now


Linen shirt, £59, Cos – buy now


Decorative seam T-shirt, £29.99, Mango – buy now

SZ Blockprints Women's Oversized Button Down Shirt - Faded Rose & London Blue

Oversized Button Down Shirt, now £101, SZ Blockprints – buy now

Minnie Knit Top Reformation

Minnie Knit Top, £80, Reformation – buy now

Lulu Shirt Never Fully Dressed

Lulu Shirt, £89, Never Fully Dressed – buy now

Long-sleeved linen jersey top H&M

Long-sleeved linen jersey top, £17.99, H&M – buy now

embroidered-design puff shirt

Embroidered-design puff shirt, £161, Rixo – buy now