I wish I could say I am a style guru. I’m really not. As a teen I firmly was of the opinion that the best silhouette a girl could have was tight on top, baggy on bottom. Exhibit A.
You know, that approachable rugged “I’m with the boys” look from the waist down, but preserving the feminine factor by wearing skin tight tops to accentuate your growing boobs and highlight the fact that, yes, you are a girl. Stuff it, I still love this style. You can’t judge me.
Now that I have confirmed my glowing credentials in this area, I’m loathe to admit that I’ve only just figured out long sleeve tshirts. I know right, I’ve sorted out how to dress myself and then write about it like it’s the best discovery since sliced bread. Truthfully I never really understood the long sleeve purpose – too thin to be a stand alone jumper, too warm to be an actual tshirt. See in my head, tshirts are exclusively for hot weather – the short sleeves make sense; if I’m cold I’ll just wear a wooly jumper. In the transition seasons though, jumpers are sometimes too warm yet short sleeves by themselves are too cold.
Enter the long sleeve tee. Light enough for daylight hours when there’s still a bit of heat left in the sun, with the added benefit of keeping the shiver factor down when the pesky sea breeze rakes up the goosebumps on otherwise uncovered arms. The layering versatility of the long sleeve tee is undeniable.
Choose a natural fibre such as linen or cotton, in a slub weave as opposed to a tighter spin like twill (which is more commonly used for trousers or denim). Slub yarn is what gives that nubbly texture to a garment, and occurs during the spinning of the raw material. Dreadlocks of the fibre world, if you will. Once seen as a defect, slub patterns are now accepted as an intentional design of material, and add subtle texture and visual variety to otherwise standard items of clothing.
Example of slub yarn in acrylic wool. Source: Google
Cotton slub gives a softer finish and feel to the material against the skin. Slub linen may feel a little rougher to touch, but over time linen fibres soften with washes, and the slub weave makes for a breezier garment overall. Wearing natural fibres assists with body temperature regulation and let’s the skin breathe better, so you shouldn’t find yourself feeling cold and clammy, or blisteringly hot as if menopause has suddenly hit you, which can be the effects felt with synthetic fibres such as nylon, polyester, and acrylic.