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The 12 Best Long-Sleeve Tops to Refresh Your Layering Game

Thought the long-sleeve tee was boring? Think again.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

Too often overlooked, the long-sleeve top is a classic basic that deserves better. Once an invisible layering piece, an item your parents forced you to wear under your favorite t-shirt on cold days, this item could be the MVP of your grown-up wardrobe—if you let it. It's endlessly adaptable, and modern designers have added everything from pleats to voluminous sleeves to give it that extra edge. Keep scrolling for inspiration on how to refresh your long-sleeve collection, whether you're looking to replace your basics or want a new standout piece that goes with everything.

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The Wrap Long Sleeve
Wayne Wrap Tee White
The Line By K thelinebyk.com

The Line By K knows how to do non-basic basics. Its Wayne Wrap is exactly that: a long-sleeve style fused with a wrapped bustier. We'd pair this with an elegant white tailored pant and strappy kitten heel. 

The Thermal Long Sleeve
Organic Thermal Boxy Crop
Mate The Label matethelabel.com

We're in love with the slight mock neck and the boxy-yet-cropped silhouette. Bonus: This thermal by Mate the Label comes in nine colorways, ready to be incorporated into any winter outfit. 

The Open-Back Long Sleeve
Basel Knit Top by REMAIN in Italian Straw

Business at the front, party at the back! Sometimes you want a little extra oomph for a night out, especially in the cooler months. 

The Athletic Long Sleeve
Everyday Long Sleeve
Outdoor Voices outdoorvoices.com

Outdoor Voices has made the perfect long sleeve that can take you from running errands straight to the gym. Classic and versatile—definitely worth the purchase.

The Pleated Long Sleeve
Long Sleeve Plissé Top
Pleats Please Issey Miyake farfetch.com

Issey Miyake's Plissé Top is a breath of fresh air if you're looking for a long-sleeved shirt that is minimal but texturally eye-catching.

The Crew Neck Long Sleeve
The Pima Micro Rib Long-Sleeve Crew
Everlane everlane.com

The Everlane Micro Rib Long Sleeve is the perfect addition to your basics collection. This figure-hugging crew neck is a classic style that'll make winter layering that much easier and warmer.

The Cowl Long Sleeve
Parkfield Top
Acler shopacler.com

We love the Parkfield Top from Acler. A high cowl neck creates an asymmetrical silhouette; tucked into a pair of tailored black pants or a mid-length leather skirt, the look will be effortlessly chic.

The Conscious Long Sleeve
Ribbed Organic Cotton-Blend Jersey Top
Ninety Percent net-a-porter.com

The brand Ninety Percent distributes 90 percent of its profits between charitable causes and those involved in the production of their clothing. This top is a great basic that contributes to a good cause.

9 Goldie Draped Ribbed-Knit Top
Significant Other modaoperandi.com

In need of a statement piece? We're loving the dramatic tie of this Significant Other top. Paired with a tonal slip skirt or your favorite blue jeans, you could leave as-is or experiment with layering.

The Polo Long Sleeve
Ribbed Relaxed Polo

We imagine tucking this ethically made cotton polo into our favorite pair of loose-fitting blue jeans and throwing on a pair of Veja sneakers.

The Australian Long Sleeve
Daria Top
Anna Quan farfetch.com

All the way from Australia, this Anna Quan knit is perfect for those in need of a chic and minimal wardrobe addition. The flared sleeves add just enough interest for this elevated basic. 

The Set of Long Sleeves
Omato Set of Two Ribbed Stretch Organic Cotton Tops
Baserange net-a-porter.com

Baserange's set of two means you don't have to choose between black or white. The perfect way to build your personal collection of long-lasting basics. 

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