If you're looking to add a long-sleeved basic to your capsule wardrobe that is comfortable enough to wear on the daily, yet elevated enough for work or dressing up then Encircled's Fair Long Sleeve may be right for you.
The super soft plant-based Modal gives it a slight sheen that givesThe Fair Long Sleeve the upper hand over a basic cotton long sleeve tee. This is a great 3-4 season piece because the material is lightweight enough for spring and summer (depending where you live of course) and the bit of stretch it has makes it very easy to pull over a base layer or turtle neck for added warmth.
Being really used to wearing crew necks all the time, I was a bit hesitant to order The Fair Long Sleeve as it has a v-neckline. I hate having to constantly reposition a top because the neckline is too low. And if I alway have to wear a cami underneath, it feels like less of a convenient basic and more of a hassle some days. I am happy to report that The Fair Long Sleeve truly does have a "flattering, modest v-neckline" as encircled describes it. If it was about 3/4-1" higher I would be completely head-over-heels. To suit the masses, however, this is probably a happy medium.
The Fair Long Sleeve has a front seam down the center and nice detailing on the back. I ordered the XS and it was the right choice. To wear as-is it could probably be tapered in a little more to be most flattering on a very petite person, however it's definitely not overly billowy. I just like things a tad more fitted. Having that extra bit of fabric does give you some fun options, though. You can do a great French tuck, various knotting techniques, and it looks fantastic with a slim leather belt.
I haven't seen it recommended officially, but I would definitely be comfortable wearing The Fair Long Sleeve backwards. The slight v and center seam work great down the back and the design detail of the back yoke actually looks great in front in my opinion. Not every shirt can be work in both directions and look good. But I think it's definitely an option with The Fair Long Sleeve!
I initially picked this up in the lovely forest green color hoping it would be perfect with Bali Elf Emerald Flats. The forest green color isn't as saturated as the shoes, but both are still beautiful colors.
At the moment, The Fair Long Sleeve is available in 7 colors. You can't go wrong with black, but check your closet to see which fun color could coordinate with the majority of your wardrobe. Basic colors like black and gray tend to stick around, but the fun colors can be almost "limited edition" when it comes to small sustainable slow fashion brands like encircled. So if you see a color you love in a design you know you will wear a lot, then snag it while you can.
Since The Fair Long Sleeve is such a great design, encircled has created The Fair Collection. expanding the line to include The Fair Shortsleeved and the Fair Sleeveless as well. You can save $56 when you build the Fair Collection Kit for your Capsule Wardrobe by using code COOLTOBEFAIR at checkout here. Happy capsule wardrobe gap-filling!