A Definitive List of the Best Long Sleeve Shirts for Layering

Lauren Caruso
Long Sleeve Layering
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Last week, an otherwise stylish friend asked me something I’d consider a pretty basic fashion question: How can you wear a turtleneck under a dress without looking bulky? She’d seen the ol’ shirt-layered-under-a-summer-staple trick a million times over, but every time she tried it for herself, she’d choose a shirt with heft (to keep from freezing) and ended up feeling “wide”—not the worst offense, but certainly not flattering. The trick, I told her, lies in the material: If you’re going to layer, make sure you start with a tissue-thin shirt. This can be a turtleneck or a run-of-the-mill long-sleeve shirt, but it must be lightweight (and preferably, ribbed).

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But deciphering heft from an online photo isn’t easy, so to take the guesswork out of it, we culled a dozen-plus of the best long sleeve shirts that are ripe for layering. Our favorites ahead.

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Massimo Dutti Long Sleeve Plain Top, $49.50; at Massimo Dutti


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Frill Neckline Blouse, $25.90; at Zara


Photo: Zara

Wilfred Brigitte T-Shirt, $22.50; at Aritzia


Photo: Aritzia

Asymmetric Detail Knit Top, $69.90; at Few Moda

Photo: Few Moda

SEPTEMBER.29 Navy Cut-out Fitted Turtleneck,$62.40; at W Concept


Dusty Pink Ruched Sleeve Turtleneck Top, $55; at Pixie Market


Photo: Pixie Market

Ammara Yoko Top, $295; at Ammara


Photo: Ammara

Amo Twist Tee, $125; at Garmentory


Photo: Amo

NA-KD V-Neck Trumpet Sleeve Blouse, $30.90; at NA-KD


Photo: NA-KD

Club Monaco Reeta Top, $99; at Club Monaco


Photo: Club Monaco

Rodebjer Solo Landscape Top, $210; at The Frankie Shop

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Everlane E2 Stretch Turtleneck, $35; at Everlane


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Lou & Grey Warming Knit Tee, $19.99; at Lou & Grey


Photo: Lou & Grey

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