If you’re anything like me, you have a regular rotation of long sleeve shirts to wear under sweaters during the fall and winter months.
Long sleeve shirts are a helpful alternative to layering your short sleeve tees for a number of reasons:
Added warmth if you live in a climate that demands multiple layers.
Great if you have sensitivities to sweater fabrics like wool and cashmere, because they ensure that the itchy fabric doesn’t directly sit against the skin.
A good alternative to a light cardigan on transitional days.
(If it seems self-evident to you to wear a long sleeve shirt when it’s cold, just remember that I grew up in Florida, where long sleeves don’t get much air time.)
While I have found a number of lovely, 100% cotton layering shirts at thrift shops, the pandemic has all but prevented me from thrifting. Plus, basics can be hard to shop for through online secondhand sites unless you already know what brands fit you. So, in addition to my secondhand favorites, I have a tidy collection of slow fashion long sleeve shirts from brands that prioritize organic or natural fibers and ethical labor practices.
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My Favorite Brands for Sustainable Long Sleeve T-Shirts
New this season, Everlane makes an organic cotton shirt that fits close to the body for maximum layering potential (I’m wearing it right now). Check the detailed measurement chart to make sure you get the right size (I wear a Medium).