Long sleeves tops are a season-spanning fashion element that can provide an under-layer or top layer or even as the focal point of your outfit.
Many women of the World-War-II Greatest Generation refuse to wear any top that shows the upper arms after a certain age.
Some Boomers are less self-conscious. We even see famous, well-toned movie stars revealing bare arms at formal events covered by the papparazzi.
If one's upper arms are well-toned, a sleeve is an esthetic choice.
Long sleeves tops are a good choice in winter to layer under other garments.
They fill the bill for women who work in air-conditioning, especially if the sleeves may be pulled up if it's warm outside.
Fabrics available in long sleeves include cotton and silk, cashmere, flannel, rayon, polyester of various weights and weaves, and new fibers, such as bamboo and hemp.
Styles include flutter sleeves, kimono, bell, three-quarter, long cuffed, long without cuffs, and balloon.
A button-front shirt in corduroy, flannel or wool may serve as a lightweight jacket.
Denim and cotton are appropriate to layer over a tee-shirt when one moves from the sun to air-conditioning in summer.
A big shirt or poet's shirt is a wonderful work shirt, for afternoon lunches, or just for lounging around your home.
A nice blouse has long been a way to dress up a simple skirt or slacks.
Traditionally, this is the most classic womens shirt.
The front may be plain or feature pintucks, like a man's tuxedo shirt.
Cotton is easier than ever to keep ironed and neat when a bit of stretch or Dacron is added.
A little stretch fiber ensures your white blouse will fit better, too.
Knits tops are another important addtion to your closet.
Knits pack easily. Roll them up and pack them into odd spaces in your luggage.
Cotton knits, bamboo knits, and other fiber blends in knits and knit jerseys are usually modestly priced.
This allows you to buy these easy-to-wear tops in a lot of colors, so that you can spruce up your business suits and neutral bottoms easily.
In summary, long sleeves top are a wardrobe essential that comes in many styles, from nice button-front blouses, to ruffled and lacy romantic blouses, from to pullover knits to figure-flattering and on-trend tunic tops.
The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing colors in very rainbow hue.