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

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. Her look feels directional and cool, proving how transformative the tee shape is compared to the average T-shirt.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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