Last summer, I found that I was always ridiculously cold in the office, so I stocked up on cardigans. This summer, I realized that I don’t have much in the way of sleeveless shirts, so I’m way too warm when I’m outside!
I’ve slowly realized that sleeveless shirts are the solution to my wardrobe problem. So long as the shirt extends out to the edge of my shoulder, I’m comfortable wearing the shirt to work without the cardigan. (This is important because I try not to buy shirts that I can’t wear to work.)
I may have gone a bit overboard and bought 4-5 new sleeveless shirts in May. On the other hand, it’s definitely no longer sweater and long sleeved shirt weather and I have a brisk 20 minute walk to work, so I don’t want to overheat while walking to work.
So why do I think that sleeveless shirts are the answer for spring and summer?
Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters can really only be worn in the winter months, which gives them a pretty small time window of wearability and they really need to last for several seasons for me to get my money’s worth out of them.
Short-sleeved shirts, with cardigans can be worn in the winter, under a nice wool coat.
Short-sleeved shirts with no cardigan are far too cold to wear in the office, unless I’m running around to a lot of meetings that day, which isn’t very often. But in the summer, they tend to be too warm outside.
Sleeveless shirts are perfect to wear outside in the summer. If you add a cardigan in the office, you’re warm enough and if you’re not, you can just add a scarf. Or you use a scarf as a shawl, which I tend to do quite a bit.
So really the difference between short sleeved and sleeveless shirts is that one is better for wearing outside in the summer, making that one more versatile.
I spent about $190 on some new sleeveless shirts in May. I think my stash is sufficient at this point and we’ll see how this summer goes! I really have no idea how I went outside so little last summer because I most definitely envision a lot of time spent outside this summer.
I’m so glad that I’ve been able to find sleeveless shirts that hide bra straps – that’s mostly why I was against them before since I don’t like buying clothes I can’t wear to work when I work 5 days a week and my office is super casual.
Readers, what is your favorite item you’re eyeing for summer this year?