As with all wardrobe basics, not all are created equal. You can treat henleys like underwear, buying new, cheap ones, or you can invest in a high-end option that will last for years.
Henleys are the perfect shirt style to show off the physique you’ve been grinding hard for at the gym. (You have been going to the gym, right?)
Our #1 Choice
Amazon Brand Goodthreads Henley
The Best Overall Henley For Men
We were very surprised by the Goodthreads Henley. The lightness of the material makes it a perfect summer piece, while still maintaining fashion standards with the slim cut. However, this is going to take some serious layering if you plan on wearing it in the colder months (for that we recommend a thermal henley), but it’s the perfect shirt for after the jackets peal off.
The Budget Option
This Henley is a great budget option. It has an easy fit to it, so if you like ’em tight, you might want to size down. However, for layering purposes, this is a slam dunk.
The Most Durable Work Henley
This work Henley comes from a company known for durability. While their main focus is tough outerwear, that same mentality goes into this shirt. It’s a mid-weight cotton, so this rides the perfect line between the last two. Plus, at this reliable of quality, this might be the “cheap” one that still lasts for years. Pick this one up from Carhartt, and maybe grab the rest of your layers too.
Bonobos Cotton Linen Henley
We’re finally getting into the more expensive options with this one from Bonobos. It’s a lighter weight fabric, so take your home’s climate into consideration. You don’t want to be left with a $70 undershirt. But for layering’s sake, this is very versatile option. Thick enough to give you some added protection, but thin enough that you won’t be sweating it out under your flannel.
Rag & Bone: Grey Classic Henley
We’ll be blunt: This is super thin as far as henleys go. Warmth-wise, don’t think of it as much more than a long sleeve undershirt. So why did we include it on our list? Because it’s unbelievably comfortable. If there’s anything worth coughing up the big bucks for, it’s comfort and style.
Henleys are definitely the way to sashay into style. Just keep on adding layers, and you can make it all the way to spring without looking like the little brother from A Christmas Story.
Whatever your budget, you can find one that works. Your body AND your wallet can be happy.