Lose the Layers: 5 Reasons to Go Sleeveless


1. The boxy cropped tank top
Bobbed and boxy are the concepts to keep in mind when looking for a sleeveless blouse this season. While cropped and wide are not your traditionally go-to adjectives when picking out a tank, styling the piece with slimmer bottoms, like a high-waisted pencil skirt or above-your-belly-button skinnies, makes for a must-have look this spring.

Tibi Ponte combo cropped top, available at Modaoperandi.com, $395

2. Stylin’ springtime skater dresses
Fitted to your midsection and flared to the knee, the skater dress is a springtime essential for those looking for a flattering frock to take them through the warm weather. To play up the feminine silhouette, try a whimsical fabric like floral print or jacquard weaving. Flaunt both patterns at once with our skater-dress pick by Opening Ceremony.

Opening Ceremony floral jacquard dress, available at Matchesfashion.com, $633

3. In fact, warm-weather dresses in general
Let your shoulders see the sun with sleeveless dresses featuring pastel prints, romantic ruffles, and standout stripes, the trends to try for spring into summer. We love this pretty pink number by See by Chloé, which combines two statement styles of the season—a pastel hue and a ruffled skirt.

See by Chloé ¾-length dress, available at Yoox.com, $348

4. Statement-making sleeveless jackets
That would make it a vest, right? Not exactly. Long and boxy, the sleeveless jackets featured on the spring and summer 2013 runway shows by Alexander Wang, Tracy Reese, and Proenza Schouler resembled oversize coats and boyfriend blazers with the sleeves cut off. Paired with edgy skirts and shorts, this is a modern interpretation of the classic women’s suit that daring fashionstas everywhere should try.

3.1 Phillip Lim sleeveless jacket, available at Farfetch.com for $455

5. Piled-up bracelets for awesome arm candy
Statement wristwear deserves to be seen without the distraction of sleeves. For a bit of edge, take advantage of the warm weather and style your tank with metallic bracelets and chunky bangles piled high.

Alex and Ani birthstone bangles, available at Bloomingdale’s for $28 each
Kate Spade New York sailor’s knot hinge bracelet, available at Bloomingdale’s for $78
Bop Bijoux interlocking bangle set, available at Shopbop.com for $60