12 Cute Summer Tops (With Sleeves!)

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If you know me, you know that I LOVE my jackets and layers and…tops with sleeves. So summer? Oof. Not my thing. But last year I rounded up some summer tops with sleeves and realized — hey, maybe putting together warm weather outfits ain’t so bad. Summer fashion is kinda cute, too. 

I decided I needed to do another round-up this year with some of the trends (and classics) I’ve been eyeing. I found a BUNCH of fun short- and long-sleeved tops but narrowed it down to my twelve favorites. Ok, ok. This boxy striped top from Anthropologie might be my number one cute top of the season.

Sleeves, Please! 12 Cute Tops For Summer

Paying attention to the fabric is definitely a great way to narrow the search for warm-weather tops with shoulder coverage. Comfort and breathability are two things I refuse to give up (especially in the summer heat). Cotton, linen or silk is your best bet. In this search, I ended up with a lot of cotton shirts, plus a couple of silk-cotton blends thrown in.

I am an unhappy person when I’m overheated…but hello, I don’t wanna have to sacrifice my coverage and style! Is anyone with me?

I like my shoulders covered. There, I said it. Even in warm summer weather! So here's a roundup of short- & long-sleeve tops in breezy silk or cotton.

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1. Anthropologie Sweater Tee

I try to find knit tops that are mostly cotton because they're breathable.

Anthropologie

Knit tops and I are having a special moment. I might go overboard and end up with an entire collection of them before next fall. (Updates to come). I try to find knit tops that are mostly cotton because they’re breathable. Or, to my surprise, I can do lightweight Merino wool because it will draw moisture away from your skin. Now, I won’t be wearing turtlenecks this summer — but I can handle a knitted (or crocheted) short-sleeve that keeps me cool in the heat. This top is described as sleeveless, but the sleeves are big enough and definitely looking like sleeves to me.

FABRIC: 93% Cotton


2. AGOLDE Rona Box Shirt

I could see myself trying it out the denim-on-denim trend with this AGOLDE top. It's boxy but doesn't look stiff.

Anthropologie | Shopbop | Bergdorf Goodman

I’ve seen a lot of people rocking the denim-on-denim trend. (Amy styled it with her denim maxi skirt, and WOW). I could see myself trying it out with this AGOLDE top. It’s boxy but doesn’t look stiff; it looks more like soft denim. Which I think makes all the difference.

FABRIC: 100% Organic Cotton


3. Sunday In Brooklyn Structured Boxy Tee

This top was the beginning of my infatuation with striped tops this summer.

Anthropologie

This top was the beginning of my infatuation with striped tops this summer. (Should I do a round-up of all the good ones I’ve found? There’s TONS). Although I’m not typically one for the nautical vibes…I couldn’t get past the button detailing, the length and shape of the sleeves, or the gorgeous color of this shirt. I think the size of the stripes got me, too. French Sailor, if you will. P.S. Check out Sunday in Brooklyn’s other tops. They’re so fun.

FABRIC: Cotton, Polyester


4. Banana Republic French-Cuff Shirt

I like that this French cuff top is a different take on a classic striped button-up.

Banana Republic

More stripes, please! I like that this top is a different take on a classic striped button-up. I could see this taking me from the beach to dinner and drinks. And it could also work for a day at the office.

FABRIC: 100% Cotton


5. We The Free Railroad Dreams Top

I'd wear this Free People patchwork top open with a white top under, cargo pants & sandals

Free People

I can always get behind something patchwork. It always looks handmade and carefully constructed. Like grandma’s hand-woven quilt (in the most stylish way, of course). I’d wear this Free People patchwork top open with a white top under, cargo pants and sandals. PS: This one’s selling fast, so I rounded up some similar ones below.

FABRIC: 86% Cotton


6. H&M Top With Collar

These terrycloth-like tops are everywhere at the moment.

h&m

This is one non-natural fiber top I had to throw in. These terrycloth-like tops are everywhere at the moment. (Dose of nostalgia, anyone?) Imagine after a day at the pool, you throw on this top with the matching shorts and head over to get a fruity drink and appetizers. Ahh the dream.

FABRIC: Polyester 53%, Rayon 47% (Rayon is an affordable silk alternative).


7. Abercrombie & Fitch Essential Easy Tee

I like the look of this short sleeve tee from Abercrombie & the slightly cropped (but not stomach-showing) cut.

Abercrombie

A basic tee for every day is a must-have all year long, but I think summertime calls for it even more. I like the look of this short sleeve tee from Abercrombie and the slightly cropped (but not stomach-showing) cut. I want it in all the colors!

FABRIC: 100% Cotton


8. Daydreamer Janis Joplin Poster Tee

I do not need any more graphic tees, but...I need this oversized one of Janis Joplin.

Free People | Daydreamer

I do not need any more graphic tees, but…I need this one. The oversized fit (hello, new beach coverup), Janis Joplin (of course), the font, the giant sleeves…IT’S PERFECT. I feel strongly about this, clearly.

FABRIC: 100% Cotton


9. FARM Rio Palm Tree Richilier Blouse

If you love bright, intricate, summery tops...FARM Rio might be your heaven.

Nordstrom | Bloomingdales | FARM Rio | Anthropologie

If you love bright, intricate, summery tops…FARM Rio might be your heaven. Every time I see their collection, I want to buy it all and go on a tropical vacation. You can wear the top above with the matching skirt, or take a note from Anthro’s styling and stick to denim shorts, platform sandals and a pretty clutch.

FABRIC: 100% Cotton


10. Banana Republic Oversized Shirt

This long-sleeve white blouse is an appealing cotton-silk blend + I love the oversized, balloon sleeves.

Banana Republic

Cannot go wrong with a long-sleeve white blouse for summer. This one is an appealing cotton-silk blend and I love the oversized, balloon sleeves. You could wear it untucked for a longer fit or tuck it in to give it a completely different look. Versatility!

FABRIC: 70% Cotton, 30% Silk.


11. Alice + Olivia Print Blouson Sleeve Top

I'm not typically a floral girl, but sometimes I find special floral prints like this one that I really love. I

Nordstrom | Saks | Bloomingdales | Neiman Marcus

More cotton-silk blends for summer! And, okay but — how pretty?!? I’m not typically a floral girl, but sometimes I find special floral prints like this one that I really love. I like how it’s styled at Bloomies with the perfect kind of jeans. I’d dress it up with a little heel, a cute purse and some dainty jewelry, but some plain white sneakers would look great, too.

FABRIC: 70% Cotton, 30% Silk


12. Essentiel Antwerp Desdemona Patchwork Blouse

I am not normally into such a bold button-up top but thinking about how to style it simply with light denim & flats? Yes.

Anthropologie

Patchwork AND stripes? Oh, boy. I wouldn’t normally be into such a bold (or different?) button-up top but thinking about how to style it simply with light denim and flats? Or oversized as a dress? Yes. Check out the back, too. It has buttons so you can have an open-back moment.

FABRIC: Cotton


Any other roundups you guys want to see? Knit tops? More stripes?

-Danielle

I like my shoulders covered. There, I said it. Even in warm summer weather! So here's a roundup of short- & long-sleeve tops in breezy silk or cotton.
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Danielle — easily — wins the most helpful award in almost every category. While her background is Design & Merchandising, she has become the TME jack of all trades, working on our website design, infrastructure and graphic design, in addition to writing articles. A lover of neutrals, she manages to come up with seriously cool outfits using basic wardrobe staples, is a whiz at distilling trends, and — thanks in part to her own style — is a natural at making practical outfits more interesting.

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