Long Sleeves in the Summer

(13 Posts)
catweather Wed 11-May-16 19:51:21

Just looking for a bit of advice really...I have raised noticeable self harm scars from elbow to wrist on my arms. It was a long time ago and I've made my peace with it - I'm very happy to wear short sleeves most of the time and ignore any funny looks, but I really struggle at work. I'm actually dreading the weather getting warm as I never know what to wear and I end up sweating in cardigans and long sleeve t-shirts all through summer. I'd love to hear from anyone who has some ideas or anyone in a similar position?

AstrantiaMallow Wed 11-May-16 20:39:29

How about floaty blouses or tops like this one?
www.boden.co.uk/en-gb/womens-shirts-blouses/long-sleeved-tops/wa692/womens-gauzy-boho-top

What budget? I love long-sleeve and 3/4 sleeve blouses cotton blouses in summer. Silk or light cotton shouldn't be too hot for UK weather.

catweather Wed 11-May-16 20:47:12

Thanks Astrantia, I really like the white one! What would you wear that with? In winter I live in dresses and tights and cardigans so I really struggle with summer dressing in general confused budget is flexible, I'd pay 30-60 for a top if it was really nice and natural fibres

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Wed 11-May-16 20:52:28

I have very sun sensitive skin on my arms, so wear a lot of floaty, gauzy tops, a bit like the one linked. I've had some nice ones from M&S, in the past, but not seen anything to match, this year - though if white suits you, you'll have a lot more choice. Also have some nice ones from Fatface.

If you're patient with ironing, linen can be nice when the weather is warm but you need to cover up.

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Wed 11-May-16 20:57:55

I have one of these (butterfly popover if the link doesn't work) in a different fabric - lively and light to wear and the sleeves roll down to cuff length.
www.fatface.com/blouses/poppy-butterfly-broderie-popover/invt/909177#ff_colour=Navy

This is rather pretty
www.fatface.com/blouses/imogen-boho-blouse/invt/910810#ff_colour=Ivory

catweather Wed 11-May-16 21:03:17

Oh those are lovely as well, I'll pop into a Fatface and have a proper look - thanks so much! Again, what do you wear your with?

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Wed 11-May-16 21:06:06

I just wear mine with jeans, but you probably need something smarter for work!

CMOTDibbler Wed 11-May-16 21:12:23

I have large surgical scars on one arm, and due to a nerve issue it is also very sun sensitive so I often need to cover up. I have a number of these things called Wingz which are just sleeves, and so you can add them under a sleeveless or short sleeved top/dress and they are very light so don't really make you hot. The lace ones cover up the scars really well, and I get loads of compliments on them.
Covering up the other way, I have some wrist gauntlet things which are the thickness of opaque tights and sold on ebay for women who cover for modesty reasons, and they are long enough to wear with 3/4 length sleeves - they come in loads of colours

catweather Wed 11-May-16 21:29:04

I can't believe I've never seen Wingz before, those are incredible! I'm going to buy one and see how it goes - I have loads of nice short sleeved/sleeveless dresses and I'd love to be able to wear them without putting a shabby old cardigan over the top.

You lot are incredible, thanks so much for all your help!

Cass168 Wed 11-May-16 21:38:21

Ditto Catweather! I have the same issue as you and dread really hot weather. How did I not know about Wingz?! This is brilliant.

CMOTDibbler Wed 11-May-16 21:44:47

The nice thing about them too is that they don't interfere with the neck line or back of what you are wearing so it looks less covered up somehow

reup Wed 11-May-16 21:48:39

Thanks so much for sharing about wingz. I think my life is going to change so much now!

catweather Wed 11-May-16 21:58:59

I've tried wearing long sleeved tops under sleeveless dresses but the neckline is always wrong and they always go lumpy at the waist where the top rolls up...this is a game changer

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