Don a Henley

A henley shirt is a collarless men’s casual wear pullover shirt with a  placket beneath the round neckline, usually having 2-5 buttons. It essentially resembles a collarless long sleeve polo shirt.

It can be made in almost any fabric, although , cotton, linen and thermals are by far the most popular.

It is called a henley  because this particular style of shirt was the traditional uniform of rowers in the English town of Henley-on-Thames.

Balmain Spring 2010. Image from

Michael Bastian Spring 2010. Image from

Bottega Veneta 2010. Image from

John Varvatos Spring 2010. Image from


6 Responses to “Don a Henley”

  1. Oh, I have at least a dozen of these….

  2. you are kidding?..wasn’t that soooo 5 years ago?..Old navy?,,H&M?…now it’s couture!…and also the henley was made famous in the 60’s what popular singer?..

    • No, it was not so 5 years ago. As you intimate at the end of your comment, it”s a classic. As a matter of fact it’s been a staple in John Varvatos’ collections for years. He makes great ones in summer weight cashmere! What I’ve tried to do here is show how designers imagined it for 2010. And just as an fyi, the H&M version is $7.99 and already in my closet.


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