Light, Long-Sleeve Options for Fall Dressing

Kastle Waserman
by Kastle Waserman

When the weather starts to cool a bit, but it’s not quite sweater weather yet, it’s time to bring out those clothes that felt way too warm during the summer but are not quite warm enough for winter. In our post-pandemic lockdown state, it’s so easy to reach for the comfy loungewear we’ve been practically living in and grab a hoodie. But if you want to look a little more stylish and polished, there are better options.


Here are three light, long-sleeve options (that aren’t hoodies) for transitional fall dressing.

Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Just like its short-sleeve version, a long-sleeve t-shirt is a light jersey fabric that covers your arms and comes in various colors. You can even find them with prints such as stripes or graphic designs. I love long-sleeve tees as a terrific layering piece. You can put them over a short-sleeved t-shirt or tank top and wear a sweater over them when it gets colder. (They also block those itchy wool materials.) They can go casual on their own or dress them up with scarves or layered necklaces.  Shop long sleeve tees.

Button-Down Shirts

Button-down shirts are a classic. It never hurts to have one, or a few, in your wardrobe. Sometimes referred to as “dress shirts,” they are light yet cover your arms and come in a variety of colors and prints. I like button-downs in more blousey materials such as polyester or Tencel blends, so they drape a little nicer on the body, rather than stiff cotton or broadcloth that you have to iron and looks more formal. You can also get them a little oversized and use them like a jacket as a layering piece. There may be more options than you realize with the neckline. Some are called “pop overs,” which don’t button all the way down, but only three-quarters from the neck. As the name implies, you put them on over your head. There are also “pussy-bow” blouses with a collar and ties to create a bow at the neckline. These are nice in the fall in place of a scarf.  Shop button-down shirts.

Tissue turtleneck

When you think of turtlenecks, you often think of thick, bulky and very warm sweaters. But tissue turtlenecks have emerged as a must-have item in your wardrobe. As the name implies, they are tissue-thin and often made of a stretchy, spandex blend material for a fitted look. They are an excellent layering piece to stretch your summer wardrobe by layering them under dresses or blouses. You can also wear them under sweaters for an extra layer when it gets colder (which allows you to take your sweater off when it gets hot inside with the heater on.) I love them on their own for a clean, classic look that you can also dress up with accessories. Shop tissue turtleneck.


Now that you know three light long-sleeve options for fall, which one will you try?


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