20 Long Sleeve Tops You Can Still Wear in Summer

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

Last Updated on May 23, 2023

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.

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.

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 20 of our favourites, from Zara, Mango, & Other Stories and more.

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Shop long-sleeve tops

Linen Top With Beadwork from Zara

Linen Top With Beadwork, £32.99, Zara – buy now

Meadowlark Top from Reformation

Meadowlark Top, £190, Reformation – buy now

Bustier-look rib-knit top from H&M

Bustier-look rib-knit top, £19.99, H&M – buy now

Breton Stripe Top from & Other Stories

Breton Stripe Top, £27, & Other Stories – buy now

Top With Cutwork Embroidery from Zara

Top With Cutwork Embroidery, £32.99, Zara – buy now

Purple floral long sleeve wrap blouse from River Island

Purple floral long sleeve wrap blouse, £35, River Island – buy now

Scoop-Neck Jersey Top from Arket

Scoop-Neck Jersey Top, £29, Arket – buy now

Cropped Pleated Top from NA-KD

Cropped Pleated Top, £29.95, NA-KD – buy now

Cream Embroidered Crop Top from River Island

Cream Embroidered Crop Top, £37, River Island – buy now

Gabriel Oversized Linen Shirt from Reformation

Gabriel Oversized Linen Shirt, £145, Reformation – buy now

Embroidered openwork T-shirt from Mango

Embroidered openwork T-shirt, £29.99, Mango  – buy now

Pure Linen Oversized Shirt from M&S

Pure Linen Oversized Shirt, £35, M&S – buy now

Tie-detail long-sleeve Blouse from Christopher Esber

Tie-detail long-sleeve Blouse, £400, Christopher Esber – buy now

Textured Long-Sleeve Top from Pull and Bear

Textured Long-Sleeve Top, £19.99, Pull and Bear – buy now

Maeve The Bennet Buttondown Shirt in Yellow Motif from Anthropologie

Maeve The Bennet Buttondown Shirt in Yellow Motif, £80, Anthropologie – buy now

Anyday V-Collar Gingham Shirt in Black or Lilac from John Lewis

Anyday V-Collar Gingham Shirt in Black or Lilac, now £22.00, John Lewis – buy now

Care FP Be My Baby Stripe Long Sleeve Tee from Free People

Care FP Be My Baby Stripe Long Sleeve Tee, £58, Free People – buy now

Blue Tile Print Long Sleeve Shirt from New Look

Blue Tile Print Long Sleeve Shirt, £27.99, New Look – buy now

Mesh tie front top from Monki

Mesh tie front top, £20, Monki – buy now

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Ruched Keyhole Halter Neck Long Sleeved Top from, Warehouse

Ruched Keyhole Halter Neck Long Sleeved Top, now £13.20, Warehouse – buy now