We’re making a case for the henley shirt this season.
If you already have enough of these - in multiple colours - neatly stacked in your closet, you know why we’re advocating this garment. If not, here’s a reason: it goes with everything and makes you look damn good.
A favourite of male celebrities – we’ve seen everyone from David Beckham and Idris Alba to Varun Dhawan and Ranbir Kapoor wear them – the shirt also happens to be a must-have piece this season, as it's perfect for fall layering.
Allen Claudius, creative director at Bowties And Bones
, tells us everything we need to know about the Henley, and how to style it.
Formerly a staple for US military personnel (I think it still is), the Henley shirt has found its way into civilian wardrobes quite easily. In fact, the Henley is quintessential in a man’s wardrobe; it’s a basic precisely because it can be styled in different ways.
I have to offer this cautionary advice: if there is one type of man who shouldn’t be wearing a henley shirt, it has to be the type of man that has a belly. It won’t look good even if it is loose in fit, because the lack of a collar and the button placket. Sadly, you wouldn’t look like GI Joe. That’s why I too, have taken a break from them, till I succeed at curbing my biryani cravings.
For those who plan to wear the Henley shirt this season, here’s how to do it:
A henley shirt should always be basic – so no prints, no colour blocking, nothing.
Treat this shirt like you would any other crew neck tee.
Wear it on its own or with a blazer/jacket thrown over.
You can also pair it with a plaid shirt, unbuttoned, for the classic Americana look.