The long sleeve T-shirt emerged in the 1970s, when it became popular with skateboarders as a way of protecting their elbows and shoulders from falls in a way that short sleeve T-shirts couldn’t. Since then, it’s become fashionable to wear a long-sleeved T-shirt under a short-sleeved T-shirt for a slim looking way of adding warmth to clothing. You can even buy two-in-one long and short sleeved T-shirts to make this appearance even sleeker.
Increasingly, long sleeve Tshirts have also been worn in summer, for two completely opposite reasons: air conditioning in offices, bars and restaurants has meant that people often need to wear more clothing indoors than out, and a teeshirt with sleeves that can be pushed up when hot, and lowered when cold is ideal but the other reason is the increasing public awareness of the risks of sunburn and sun cancers from prolonged exposure to the sun and as shoulders, and forearms often burn, people have taken to wearing long-sleeved T-shirts to protect delicate skin.
In addition, long sleeve T-shirts are proving popular in the workplace as they are cheap to buy, look good and last a long time. Hooded, long sleeved teeshirts are this year’s big hit as they offer style and warmth at a really good price.