The Henley Has Been My Must-Have Wardrobe Staple For Years
Like many of our classic styles today (think workwear denim or Chanel's Breton stripes) even cardigans and henley shirts have humble beginnings that are spun chic. Henley shirts were named after the English town of Henley-on-Thames; they were the traditional uniforms of rowers in the English town in the early 1800s. Functional and sporty! That's what probably got the attention of designer Ralph Lauren as he brought the previously worn underwear to American wardrobes in the the 1970s.
I've always loved a henley — its open neck shows just enough skin. I've collected the style over the years in everything from tissue-thin cotton to silk and cashmere. One of my go-to stores for the henley has been Gap, with my mom stocking up on henley shirts for me — for both bedtime and when I'm out and about — year after year. Stripes, slouchies, ribbed, and fitted are all available. I always welcome another Gap henley in my wardrobe. I recently wore them with my favorite new pair of Gap jeans. I wear them everywhere from doing construction in the house to writing this article. With a great sale happening at Gap, you can get up to 75 percent off with the code BIGSALE. Here are a few of my selections.
Gap Ribbed Henley Pocket Sweater
This Gap Ribbed Henley Pocket Sweater ($40, originally $50) is the one I opted for this season. I'm wearing it right now. Super comfortable, and I love the polished ribbed style and tortoise buttons that gift a collegiate prep effect. Perfect with a great pair of classic denim.
Gap Stripe PJ Set
I know this is a Gap Stripe PJ Set ($51, originally $60)! But one of my favorite henley options was from GapBody's line — it's so cool I can wear it to bed or while running errands. I love the red stripes on this, and as it's on supersale now with extra discounts, it's a great time to buy!
Gap Pointelle Button-Front Top
Not sure if this Gap Pointelle Button-Front Top ($42, originally $45) counts as a henley, but it's pretty close! The pointelle effect trim is a delicate feminine effect that I love paired with something a bit edgy, like a leather skirt!
Gap Ribbed Drop Needle Henley T-Shirt
Lightweight and with a lower neck, this Gap Ribbed Drop Needle Henley T-Shirt ($28, originally $30) is a top pick at Gap, and it's easy to see why. People pair it with everything from pjs to jeans and sweatpants. It also comes in a great selection of colors to choose from!