by *peter hapak*
Keri Russell for Malibu Magazine
Menswear: 6 Reasons to Invest in Henleys
You have your dress shirts, polos, and crewneck tees (maybe even v-necks if you’re one of the more style-adventurous gents), but if you haven’t added the henley in your wardrobe, you are missing out on the benefits this menswear essential can add to your style game. So, what exactly is a henley? The quick and simple answer is that it’s a collarless shirt with a button placket (usually 2-5 buttons). While some guys might mistakenly see the henley as just a cross between a crewneck and a v-neck that transforms from one to the other with some quick unbuttoning, it is much more that that. Here are 6 reasons why you should invest in this underrated menswear treasure:
1. It’s easy to dress them up or down.
Switch out the v-neck, and wear a henley with a suit for a dressy, yet friendly look. It’s still a tee, so you can definitely wear a henley as is for a super casual look.
2. They’re amazingly great for layering.
Usually found in long sleeve styles, henleys can be easily used for layering under button down shirts. Having the ability to unbutton some or all of the buttons on a henley’s placket allows you to adjust how “open” your shirt and henley look when paired together. You can also layer the henley over a more lightweight short sleeve tee.
3. Average, thin, husky, or ripped; different body types can pull them off.
Just like their crewneck and v-neck counterparts, henleys are suitable for a variety of body types. Need to do a little more work in the gym? Limit yourself to unbuttoning a max of 2 buttons. Have a more muscular build? Feel free to show off the fruits of your labour (just don’t go overboard)!
4. They can be lightweight for spring and summer, or thermal for fall and winter.
Coming in both lightweight and thermal fabrics, you can wear henleys to provide circulation or warmth, as needed. Besides the weight of the fabric, you can easily unbutton the placket and roll the sleeves up or down to adapt to the temperature.
5. Henleys come in so many different styles and designs that you’re guaranteed to find one that matches your needs.
Short sleeve, long sleeve, semi-sweater, solid, patterned, minimal, bright, and the list goes on! You’ll find a henley that matches your style and works well with clothes you already own.
6. Your favorite bros like international playboy Chuck Bass, man’s man Jacob Palmer, and Earth-saving Thor wear them.
They can pull the henley look off, and so can you!
Top Henley Picks
Our top henley picks right now? Well, here they are:
Follow through with the style advice! Whether you’re looking for short- or long-sleeves, something lightweight or something thermal, you’ll find men’s henley styles that fit your style on Wantering.