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.
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.
The Laces Out LS Knit, $40, by Captain Fin, is a cotton/poly blend with yarn dye charcoal stripe.
The INR Hat Trick Henley, $65, by Iron & Resin, is built to resemble the same shirts worn by the Henley, England rowing team, plus it features waffle knit for extra insulation. Style & warmth!
The Redford L/S Henley, $49, by Brixton, is a 150 gram long-sleeved, two-button Henley, available in black or off-white.
The Ucluelet Raglan Knit, $44, by Roark Revival, has a great right off the yacht look. Made of 100% cotton, this 3/4 length tee is the perfect casual pairing piece.
The Sleep Hooded Henley, $59, might be named for naptime, but it's the perfectly soft hooded Henley for day or night.
Your new favorite shirt from Cotton Citizen comes in a slew of worn-in colors. The Jagger Henley, $85, is shown here in olive.
Not all Henleys are created equal. Go for quality and comfort in the Italian Cashmere Henley Hoodie, $298, by J.Crew.
You can wear a different 1x1 Slub Long Sleeve Crewneck , $95, by Wings+Horns, nearly every day of the week. This scalloped hem shirt is available in five classic colors, shown in black.
Dress up with the L/S Heavy Supima Jersey Henley, $90, by Save Khaki. Made in the USA, of 100% American-grown Supima cotton, this Henley is all luxury.
The L/S Indigo Henley, $98, by Faherty, is made of slub cotton jersey, treated with a vintage wash.
The Todd Henley, $58, by Grayers, features unique details like a chambray placket and yoke, and is made of 100% cotton.
The Henley Cotton Shirt, $80, by Schott NYC, is a long sleeved Henley with solid cuffs, collar & placket, and is made in the USA.
The Darwin Shirt, $48, by Publish, is a Poly/Rayon blend, with tonal buttons, and side split hem. It also features a Publish flag label at the left side seam.