It's all in the details. When it comes to a henley shirt, the details may be small, just two to five buttons, but what a difference they make. That's what makes up a henley, those characteristic buttons, a pullover collarless neckline, and a placket of about three to five inches. A placket is the double layers of fabric that hold the buttons and buttonholes of a shirt, like found in the cuffs of button-up long-sleeve shirts.
A henley falls right in between a traditional tee and a formal collared button-up shirt. It's still considered casual, but those little details bump up this look. Its closest cousin is a polo shirt, but there's no confusing the two. A henley is typically more campfire casual, less boardroom basic.
A henley can answer the call of duty, though, such as the Dickies WS451 Heavyweight Work Henley. While dressier than a traditional tee, this henley knows when it's time to get down to work. Its heavy 100 percent cotton makes it tough enough for any kind of work, but the henley detailing makes it more appealing than a basic t-shirt.
Want to try a henley shirt instead of a polo in the office? It is possible to dress up a well-structured henley, such as in the Harriton M400 Adult Prime Short-Sleeve Performance Henley. Harriton is known for its professional attire, so they've made this henley in a 100 percent polyester, snag-free jersey. Pair it with a pair of slacks for business casual.
While henley t-shirts are traditionally cotton, the Bella + Canvas 3125 Men's Tri-Blend Short-Sleeve Henley borrows from the hottest trend of mixing polyester, cotton and rayon. The result is the durability, comfort and softness that make tri-blends so popular in other apparel.
While the traditional henley is best known as a long-sleeve shirt, the look is also available in a short-sleeve tee, too. Wear it long, keep it short, a henley shirt will keep your look cool, comfortable and casual.