Did you know that before Ralph Lauren got his hands on a vintage henley
Thanks to Mr. Lauren popularizing the style for menswear, we have dozens of great options for stylish henleys today.
So allow us to share our favorite henley
Our Picks for the Best Mens Henley
We think the following henleys represent the best of the best in what’s available today (at a reasonable price-to-quality ratio), and we hope you’ll agree.
Best Short Sleeve Henley: J.Crew Garment Dyed Henley
J. Crew is one of our favorite go-to brands for affordable but high-quality staples, and their garment-dyed henleys definitely don’t disappoint.
Available in both short and long sleeve versions, they’re made from a textured and eye-catching slub cotton that comes in around 10 colors. The garment-dyed treatment means they’ll fade naturally over time, creating unique twists on the original coloration.
And at the price they’re offered at, it’s completely reasonable to grab a few colors of both the short sleeve and the long sleeve versions.
Best Lightweight Henley: HNLY Leblon
HNLYLA specializes in one thing — henleys — and let me tell you, they do a fantastic job with every one of their garments. By making all of their henleys in Los Angeles from certified organic cotton, they guarantee that every detail is picture-perfect.
For a great example of this attention to detail, take a look at their Leblon henley. It’s made from 100% organic cotton, with a slub texture that really makes the fabric pop.
Round that out with vintage-finished metal buttons, and you have what’s probably the best lightweight henley around.
Best Everyday Henley: Everlane Premium Weight Henley
The Premium Weight Henley from Everlane is one of 12 items in their Uniform Collection. This set of everyday staples comes with a 365-day satisfaction guarantee.
That’s rare enough to find in any piece of clothing, but rounding out a full dozen staples is downright impressive.
But if that doesn’t say enough about how well-made this henley is, then the heavy-duty 6.2 oz cotton will. It’s densely knit for a long-lasting fit wash after wash.
And the longer you wear it, the softer it will get. In short, it’s about as close as you can get to a “buy it for life” henley.
Best Henleys for Staying Warm: Flint and Tinder Heavy Duty Ribbed Henley
Make a henley from a heavy enough material, and it turns into an ideal companion for wintertime layering. Dressier than a t-shirt but more casual than a polo, it’s a great way to spruce up your cold-weather wear without having to go full dressy.
That’s exactly what Flint and Tinder’s Heavy Duty Ribbed Henley is made for. Its thick construction hides a surprising degree of movement, courtesy of a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex.
The ribbed details give it a little bit more class too, all while helping the
Best Wool Henley: Taylor Stitch The Merino Henley
Merino wool is a favorite of outdoorsy guys everywhere, thanks to its combination of moisture-wicking and temperature regulating properties. But why should hikers, bikers, and runners have the market cornered on being comfortable no matter the weather?
Taylor Stitch’s The Merino Henley uses the highly-regarded wool to make one of the softest and most comfortable henleys around. And because of an extra processing step called Mercerization, it keeps its shape much better than standard wool
Best for Tall Guys: Public Rec Go-To Long Sleeve Henley
If you’re over 6 feet tall, you definitely know the trouble of finding
Public Rec’s Go-To Long Sleeve Henley is the answer for tall guys looking for henleys that fit comfortably. Their relaxed fits have enough length to keep you covered while you’re reaching up into cupboards.
But aside from that, they’re also incredibly comfortable, with flat-lock stitching and moisture-wicking materials to keep you at just the right temperature.
Super Soft and Tagless: Mott & Bow Driggs Henley
Itchy tags and low-quality cotton are double trouble when it comes to cheaply made
Invest just a little bit more in this (still affordable) Driggs Henley from Mott & Bow, and you can be guaranteed a comfortable everyday fit with super soft pima cotton and a tagless design.
With a fabric weight of 140 grams, the Driggs comes in on the lighter end of the henleys featured here.
But its combed cotton material from Peru makes it tougher than you’d think at that weight, and the relaxed three-button placket makes it suitable for all-day, everyday wear.
Looks Great On Its Own: Buck Mason Pima Curved Hem Henley
Just like the Mott & Bow henley featured above, Buck Mason’s Pima Curved Hem Henley is super soft and comfortable.
But its elongated curved hem puts it in a special category: Wearing this
And a four-button placket and side seam construction give it a fit that can be customized and tailored to whatever look you’re going for.
Adding a few henleys to your wardrobe is a great step to take towards getting that minimal, casual-cool look.
But for a fuller look at where they fit into your outfits, we’d love for you to check out Barron’s guide to men’s winter fashion. In it, he breaks down everything you need to know to look your best no matter how cold it gets outside.