These 14 Long-Sleeved Tops Are A Safe Bet For Autumn

Model and actor Awa Puna wears a long-sleeved top from the archives. Photo / Mia Vinaccia

A modest sleeve length is an easy way to add a layer to an autumnal outfit.

Not a jumper, not a cardigan, not a shirt.

The merits of a long-sleeved top can sometimes be overlooked this time of year, but we’re acutely aware that sometimes it’s all you

Doing away with the need for superfluous bulk and layers, a long-sleeve top is a smart option on its own; or if you’re feeling slightly more creative, layered underneath a summer dress for the perfect outfit formula that pays tribute to the joy of summer dressing, but prepares you for cool days ahead.

As always, fashion assistant Annabel Dickson surveys a range of options that aren’t basic. From a long-sleeved top with strategic flower cut-outs to a collection of sensible options for the office, the long-sleeved top is a wardrobe saviour you’ll likely get a lot of wear out of this year.

Ruching offers a unique point of interest with this option from the local maker, who shares her design ethos here.

A pleated long-sleeved top does away with the need for ironing, an ideal choice for the person on the move who likes to look smart and professional. Style this top with a pair of black trousers.

Stripes will never date and this fresh take on the preppy print is a fun addition to weekend dressing.

From a longtime advocate of a great long-sleeved top in her designs, this updated option is perfect for layering during the cooler months with a great winter coat or blazer.

What better way to keep cloudy days at bay than with a top both warm and bright?

A subversive basic top is a great way to transition from day to night with the easy swap of a blazer and accessories. We love the way this sheer top is both modest and alluring all at once.

For something slightly more sensual, the local designer has a range of great long-sleeved top options, but this shoulder-baring number is a great way to consider a long-sleeved option that’s not too uptight.

Lace is a fabric that deserves a little more credit, and if you’re looking to tap into the dignified Victorian appeal of a long-sleeved skivvy, this would be our pick.

Featuring a drawstring to cinch the waist of this, the designer offers a range of comfortable basics that work well when teamed with some of your more hard-to-style trousers or skirts.

With just enough skin-baring around the decolletage, this fitted option works well with a pair of jeans for the perfect going-out top and jeans formula.

A great layering piece, this cut-out top is an adventurous choice, but when layered over a fitted T-shirt or tank top, it’s an ideal option for a little bit of fun on a crisp day.

A sleek black long-sleeved top is a wardrobe essential, but this one goes the extra mile with its voluminous sleeves and asymmetrical hemline.

An idyllic, abstract print of a field of flowers adds an element of whimsy to an otherwise simple top.

Ribbed and fitted, this lavender number is a great way to stay warm while adding a hit of colour to an outfit made up of neutrals.

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