There are practical reasons to wear long-sleeved tees, sure: they’re both the ideal thing to pull on during those waning summer nights when it’s too chilly for short sleeves but too warm for sweats, as well as your best defense against an all-embarrassing farmer’s tan. But mostly, the reason you’re seeing them everywhere right now is that they look really friggin’ cool. They always feel a little counterintuitive and unexpected, whether you’re tucking them into your trousers or playing off the contrast in lengths by paring ‘em with shorts. Plus, long sleeves mean designers have a whole bunch of extra real estate for the artisanal, off-kilter graphics we’re really feeling at the moment. Here are 16 first-rate takes, all of varying degrees of swerviness.
The not-quite-grey, not-quite-green shade all under-the-radar cool guys have in their arsenal.
John Elliott LS classic teeBuy Now
Turns out, bad acid trips make for great graphic tees.
Real Bad Man Melty L/S teeBuy Now
A low-key highlight from our fave collaboration of the summer.
Brain Dead x Carhartt long sleeve Swan mock neck teeBuy Now
Don’t give up on those astronaut dreams just yet.
Heron Preston x NASA long sleeved T-shirtBuy Now
The boxy cut is just about perfect, but it’s the uncommon tone of red that really makes this tee sing.
Our Legacy LS box teeBuy Now
It’s time to pick a side: you’re either on board with Fieri-core or you’re not.
Manager’s Special Flames long sleeve teeBuy Now
We’d tell you that this tee is responsibly made and environmentally friendly, if the massive logo on the back didn’t already do it for us.
Patagonia long-sleeved P-6 logo Responsibili-TeeBuy Now
The palette here makes this a can’t-miss swervy pairing for a navy chalk-stripe suit.
Keith Haring “Pisa” long sleeve teeBuy Now
Those full-arm sweatbands Allen Iverson used to wear—but make it fashion.
Givenchy long sleeve towelling logo teeBuy Now
A predictably weird and wild collab between two of the artsiest tee brands out: Some Ware and Come Tees.
Some Ware SW063 Some Tees ST1Buy Now
Here comes the sun(s).
Maison Margiela printed long-sleeve T-shirtBuy Now
The tee you wear at your most confrontational.
Neighborhood EM / C-Tee LSBuy Now
A tasteful tribute to one of Florence’s finest eateries.
Reception Trattoria Gargani L/S T-shirtBuy Now
Nearly 40 years on, there are still few things radder than Shawn Stussy’s original hand-lettering.
Stussy x i-D Magazine i-D Heritage LS T-shirtBuy Now
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