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.