This Puff-Sleeve Top Feels Like a T-Shirt but Looks Like a Party

POPSUGAR Photography | Angela Elias
POPSUGAR Photography | Angela Elias
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If you know me, you understand how deep my affinity for comfy clothes that masquerade as dressy clothes runs. Whether it's a linen shirt and shorts set that feels like pajamas or secretly stretchy trousers, it needs to feel good. I've been looking for tops that feel like T-shirts but look like something you could go out in, and I spotted the perfect hybrid with this Old Navy Fitted Puff-Sleeve Paneled Rib-Knit T-Shirt ($18, originally $30).

What I Love About Old Navy's Fitted Puff-Sleeve Paneled Rib-Knit T-Shirt

This cotton top has just a bit of spandex, so it hugs my chest but falls away at my stomach. It's fitted enough to be able to easily tuck into high-waisted pants for a smooth, clean appearance. It looks like a bodysuit when tucked in, without the constriction and inconveniences that come along with wearing one. The material on the puff sleeves is different from the body — it's a pure cotton twill without the spandex, so it holds its volume. I love the contrast of the smooth, stretchy body and the cloud-like sleeves. There's just enough drama to make a white T-shirt and jeans outfit look interesting.

What's Worth Noting About Old Navy's Fitted Puff-Sleeve Paneled Rib-Knit T-Shirt

Since the sleeves are 100 percent twill cotton, they won't appear as smooth as they are in Old Navy's photos. If you want to eliminate wrinkles, you'll want to steam the sleeves. When it comes time to wash this shirt, wash it in cold water and then tumble dry on low. I'm wearing a size medium and it fits true to size.

POPSUGAR Photography | Angela Elias

Who Is Old Navy's Fitted Puff-Sleeve Paneled Rib-Knit T-Shirt Best For?

Finding a white T-shirt you love is priceless, but if you're looking for something more elevated than a basic T-shirt that costs less than $30 and is comfortable, this is a fantastic option. It's dressy enough but you can still wear a normal bra with it and it doesn't have buttons, zippers, or complicated straps. It truly feels like you're just wearing a T-shirt.

Additional Details About Old Navy's Fitted Puff-Sleeve Paneled Rib-Knit T-Shirt

  • It's made from 96 percent cotton and four percent spandex.
  • Machine wash in cold water and tumble dry low.
  • It comes in two other colors: "Black Jack" and "Wisteria Mist".