There are certain style staples that make any guy look good. The short-sleeve henley is one of those staples. With roots in sporting culture, the henley first started as a functional shirt, then grew into an essential beloved by guys who valued a relaxed touch with classic styling potential. That leads us quite nicely into our picks for the best short-sleeve henleys for men — it’s an easy-to-wear piece that works as well on its own as it does layered under a denim shirt or a classic plaid cotton on breezy summer days. Wear these with slim chinos, your trusty pair of broken-in blue denim or black jeans, and a little bit of laid-back swagger.
From the banded sleeves to the curved hem to the U.S.-made construction, we sure do love absolutely everything about the Pima Short-Sleeve Henley from Buck Mason. The unique shale color looks great with olive chinos and tan suede chukka boots — at least, that’s how we’d style it if we were you.
Your new favorite henley could cost as little as $10. Well, if you pick up this Old Navy henley, that is. The Boysenberry color is eye-catching and summer-friendly, plus it’s easy to pair with light wash jeans or light tan chinos.
High-quality cotton meets polyester yarn in this marled henley, made with the kind of care and the kind of excellent fabric quality one would expect from Grayers. It’s an updated take on the henley, featuring a rich, dark color and a three-button placket for a bit of tailored appeal. We’d wear this one with a lightweight navy blazer and dark chinos to the office.
Despite its roots in the sporting world, a short-sleeve henley can take on a bit of rock ‘n’ roll edge when done by a designer like John Varvatos. Such is the case with this short-sleeved henley — we can’t help but recommend you wear it with slim black jeans and leather Chelsea boots.
The henley you’re going to want to wear with your favorite pair of slim Bonobos chinos? Why, this henley. It comes in a range of colors, but we think the Heather Mint option is most unique and summer-friendly. Paired with slim light wash denim and white canvas sneakers, it’s as ready for happy hour as it gets.
Want a henley that’s bold, but not too bold? The La Paz Ribas Henley is for you, done up in a rich green color that’s going to look pretty darn cool when peaking out from beneath a faded denim jacket on your next summer vacation.
Henleys from Faherty Brand are hot sellers for a reason: The fabric and fit are exceptional, and the quality is as good as it gets. We’d recommend you pick up any of a number of their fast-selling short-sleeve henleys, then wear it as much as you can with beat-up denim and broken-in suede chukkas.
If short-sleeve henleys aren’t your style, try out the traditional long sleeve version, the best of which are here.