9 of the Best Henley Shirts We Found Under $80

by Brian Adee  |  in Casual Style

Did you know that before Ralph Lauren got his hands on a vintage henley shirt, they were used almost exclusively as underwear? It makes sense when you think about it though — because henleys are some of the most comfortable everyday shirts you can find.

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 shirts for men in every category, from lightweight to heavy-duty and everywhere in between.

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Our Picks for the Best Mens Henley Shirts

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. 

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J.Crew Short Sleeve Henley

These supersoft henleys are made from garment-dyed slub cotton, which means each one will have a rich, perfectly imperfect color that will softly fade over time.

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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.

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J.Crew Long Sleeve Henley

These supersoft henleys are made from garment-dyed slub cotton and feature a rib trim at the cuffs for extra detail.

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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.

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HNLY Leblon Shirt

This 100% organic cotton slub, short-sleeve henley has a visible texture with metal buttons that pop.

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Then each shirt is garment-dyed and pre-shrunk, for a unique look and broken-in feel from day one.

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.

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Everlane Premium Weight Henley

This henley is made from 6.2 oz cotton with a dense, durable knit and a dry feel that will get softer over time.

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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.

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Flint and Tinder Heavy Duty Ribbed Henley

This made in the United States, extra-thick, heavy-duty henley is the perfect addition for winter. Plus, the ribbed texture gives it a refined finish that looks and feels incredible.

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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 shirt to keep its shape no matter how long you wear it.

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?

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Taylor Stitch Merino Henley

Built with merino wool, The Taylor Stitch Merino Henley packs some pretty incredible features under its hood: it wicks moisture, it regulates body temperature, it's anti-microbial and stain-resistant, and it offers UV protection.

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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 shirts.

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 shirts whose hems fall at the right place on your body. This is often especially true with henleys, where their modern athletic fits mean even less material to work with.

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Public Rec Long Sleeve Henley

This relaxed fit henley is moisture-wicking and highly breathable. This technical fabric, made from 69% Pima Cotton, 23% TENCEL®, & 8% Spandex, is built to last.

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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 shirts.

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.

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Mott and Bow Driggs Henley

This classic henley is made from Driggs, a buttery soft Peruvian combed cotton. Not too tight, not too loose, consider this the perfect fit henley you've been waiting for.

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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 shirt will make you look taller and slimmer, as the hem falls in a way that will accentuate your height.

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Buck Mason Pima Curved Hem Henley

This 100% pima cotton features Buck Mason's signature curved hem.

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The shirt is available in seven earth tone colors that play well with a wide variety of skin tones (but black is always a safe go-to).

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.

What’s Next?

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.

What’s your favorite henley from our list? Let us know by hitting us up on Facebook or Instagram.