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Be cool in the heatwave! See dresses and tops with sleeves…

In our heads, heat and sleeves don’t mix. Hot days and heat-waves make us wish for sleeveless tops and dresses.

But, aaargh, that means having our arms on show… If you are anything like us, you’ll hate that.

We women of 50-plus want to be cool (in both senses). But we also want our arms covered.

Now we can have both because, as we said in a recent blog about summer maxis with sleeves, sleeves are having a moment.   So there are women’s summer dresses with sleeves and summer tops with sleeves too.

That means you no longer have to make a choice  between roasting if you keep a jacket on over a sleeveless dress, or being cool and comfortable but with arms on show…

To save your precious time, we’ve been finding killer dresses and tops for daytime, weekends, holidays  and work – lightweight clothing for hot weather in fact!  And all cool (in both senses) and all heat-wave (or holiday) ready.


You can breeze through the heatwave in these versatile and easy-going tops with sleeves.

We particularly love the trio from JD Williams.  The V-neck tee in classic stripe print and the cold-shoulder tunic with a flattering wide-scooped neckline are both in a lightweight linen-mix. d  The stunning tunic in blue-and-white print with half-sleeves and uber-flattering “soft” V-neckline is in 100% Italian linen.

We love how versatile these tops are, too.   Style them with jeans or shorts for a casual daytime look, or  add jewellery and metallic sandals when you want to be a bit less everyday…

Tops with sleeves JD Williams Tops with sleeves JD Williams

Tops with sleeves Elvi Tops with sleeves Monsoon

Tops with sleeves Monsoon Tops with sleeves JD Williams


As we said recently, a summer maxi with sleeves is The Perfect Dress.

But, upon reflection, any wonderfully pretty, stylish, lightweight dress with sleeves is also perfect. So, here are some for you to browse.  If you like print, there are fresh stripes, abstracts and pretty florals, while for those who prefer plains, there’s sky-blue from Toast and sizzling red from Monsoon. There are shirt-necks, V-necks, wrap-fronts, notch-necklines and a simple round neck. All the perfection you seek for looking wonderful and staying cool…

Dressess with sleeves M&S Dressess with sleeves Toast at John Lewis

Dressess with sleeves Dorothy Perkins Dressess with sleeves Monsoon

Dressess with sleeves Boden Dressess with sleeves Peter Hahn


Do you insist on sleeves, even in the heat? Tell us how you cope…


So what do you think?

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