Summer tops with sleeves are a staple of mine to wear throughout the season and, even more so, in the transitional weeks. Sleeveless tops, t-shirts, camisoles, and tank tops are a given in any warm-weather wardrobe, but when those feel repetitive, I reach for tops with sleeves to add coverage and style but not heat.
With fall on the horizon, there’s no better time to incorporate a lightweight sleeved style. From simple, billowy cover up tops to detailed tops that dress up and down, sleeves add an unexpected twist to an end of summer look.
The key is all in the fabrication (linen, cotton, silk) and the silhouette (forgiving but still flattering). See below for 20 summer tops with sleeves that check those boxes!
Summer Tops with Sleeves
This puff sleeve blouse by Reformation has a ruched neckline, ruffle sleeves, and functional buttons. The cotton fabrication and relaxed fit will keep you cool as a cucumber. Wear this one tucked into smocked shorts and sandals on a hot summer day or with mid-wash denim and flats.
This breezy top has a boho feel that’s kept from looking frumpy with a square neckline and pretty embroidery. I love the baby blue and taupe color palette of the stitching, too. Wear with white or blue shorts in summer and with autumnal browns and camels as it cools off. It also comes in blush.
The delicate blue floral print of this airy blouse screams summer, but it would transition beautifully into fall with a deeper blue separate, like a navy pleated skirt or mid-wash jeans. This same print by new-to-me brand MILLE is also available as a puff-sleeve top (and it has sweet ties to boot).
See below for the rest of the wear now, wear later summer tops with sleeves I found. From smocked, to puff sleeve, chiffon, and knit tops, these fit the bill when you want arm coverage without added heat.