The Summer Henley Spectrum

Styling Tip

Thanks to the placket, these make for an interesting undershirt when layered under a plaid madras shirt, or even underneath a suit jacket.

When the temperatures are constantly above 80 degrees, wardrobe monotony can easily set in. While the debate between crew neck and v-neck T-shirts will rage on eternally, we found a classier alternative: the short-sleeve henley. With a partial button placket and all the softness of a comfortable tee, it's an ideal balance of casual style and workwear ruggedness. Consider adding a couple to your summer closet and keep them around, layering all through the fall. Here are a few of our favorites, in a range of price points.

Converse One Star, $15

A simple heathered cotton ringer style with contrasting metal buttons.

NSF, $53

American made from lightweight cotton with raw seams and contrast stitching.

Vince, $75

These are finished off with a short placket and a stitched detail at the sleeves.


J.Crew, $30

Washed for extra softness and cut in a slim fit with military details.

Homespun, $65

Made in Canada, the naturally-dyed fabric's got a slubby character to it.

Sunspel, $89

Cut from soft cotton and finished with luxe details like mother-of-pearl buttons.


Published on

August 7, 2012

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