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All About M.E. | The Utterly Versatile Henley

When it comes to Men's Essentials (M.E.), this shirt is the perfect piece to layer over or wear all on it's own.

Derek Georgevichby Derek Georgevich
(L) Heavy Supima Jersey Henley by Save Khaki, $90; (R) Indigo Henley by Faherty, $98.

You may not know it, but the Henley has a history. These shirts, often characterized as being short-sleeved, collarless and with a few buttons right at the top chest, actually are a derivative of a sports uniform. Rowers in the English town of Henly-on-Thames wore these casual cool shirts as they took off down the river back in the mid-1800s. As we all know, when a good product exists, it tends to have longevity, and the Henley is a perfect example of such a clothing item.

While the shirt is rooted in tradition, it has experienced a transformation. The classic Henley definitely still exists at large – we found new iterations by brands like Brixton, Iron & Resin and Faherty. But other labels have taken this successful silhouette and added a little something extra.

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One of our favorites is J.Crew‘s take on the Henley, where they made the classic shirt, added a hood, and produced it in Italian Cashmere. Suddenly, this is not a simple layering tee to sport under your favorite crewneck. Meanwhil,e Cotton Citizen has taken a dip to the dark side with their Jagger Henleys, available in a slew of colors, but all treated to have a vintage, worn-in (dare we say ) grunge-esque appeal.