I Keep Seeing This Cult-Favorite Tee Pop Up on Fashion-Girl Instagram

Kristen Nichols
·3 min read

If you want proof that a T-shirt isn’t always just a T-shirt, just look to the elbow sleeve tee trend that’s taking over on fashion girl Instagram right now. The ‘80s-inspired piece is putting a cool twist on the classic tee and I’m here for it. Finished with long sleeves that hit the elbow, padded shoulders for a sculptural shape, and a slightly relaxed fit, this new take on an average tee feels a bit more editorial than the typical top.

You’ll find elbow sleeve tees in the collections of fashion insider brands like The Attico and The Frankie Shop—a clear sign that they’re this season’s coolest basic to own. If you need further proof that they’re a key buy, just look to the wardrobes of the fashion set, who have been swapping them in for more fitted styles. Ahead, see how fashion people are wearing elbow sleeve tees and shop the trend.

This outfit on Giorgia Tordini really sells me on the elbow sleeve tee trend. Her look feels directional and cool, proving how transformative the tee shape is compared to the average T-shirt.

Shop elbow sleeve tees:

Parentezi Removable Shoulder Pad Tee ($105)

The Attico Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($295)

Good American Strong Shoulder T-Shirt ($59)

Yet another simple outfit that showcases just how much the '80s-inspired tee can really upgrade a look. This is the cool way to pull off jeans and a tee in 2021.

Shop elbow sleeve tees:

Parentezi Removable Shoulder Pad Tee ($198)

The Attico Bella Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($295)

Pistola Denim Brileigh Shoulder Pad Tee ($68)

If you really want to take things to the next level, go for a bold print or color like the one spotted here on Emili Sindlev. After all, saturated shades are making a huge comeback.

Shop elbow sleeve tees:

The Attico Padded-shoulder Tie-Dye Cotton T-shirt ($380)

Jonathan Simkhai Standard Kyler Shoulder Pad Tee ($105)

Retrofete Jessie Top ($135)

Yep, elbow sleeve tees work with just about any look, including this cool tennis skirt outfit. Just add some cool layered necklaces.

Shop elbow sleeve tees:

Remain Birger Christensen Xenia Organic Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($85)

Good American Strong Shoulder T-Shirt ($59)

Off-White Shoulder Pad T-Shirt ($405)

I can't get enough of the earthy hues that are everywhere right now. From khaki to sandy brown, these soft colors are so fresh right now.

Shop elbow sleeve tees:

The Frankie Shop Carrington Padded-Shoulder Organic Cotton T-Shirt ($115)

Saint Laurent Round Collar Logo T-Shirt ($420)

The Attico Tessa Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($390)

The shoulder pads really add a cool, structural shape to these tees, making any outfit instantly look a bit editorial.

Shop elbow sleeve tees:

Retrofete Jessie Top ($120)

Good American Strong Shoulder Tee ($59)

Pistola Denim Brileigh Shoulder Pad Tee ($274)

Super short hemlines are about to be everywhere. Loose elbow sleeve tees are the perfect proportion to balance out micro skirts or shorts.

Shop elbow sleeve tees:

Retrofete Jessie Tee ($56)

Saint Laurent Round Collar T-Shirt ($490)

Remain Birger Christensen Xenia Organic Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($90)

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