Henley Top


How to say it: hen-lee

Traditional Features: 

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  • collarless
  • pullover style
  • Henley neckline with 2 – 5 buttons
  • long or short sleeves
  • generally made from cotton or cotton-blends
  • semi-fitted/fitted through the body


…of the style: The Henley shirt was made popular by the rowers of Henley-on-Thames in the mid 1800s. Rowers from the town would wear the collar-less undershirts when they raced and the style was soon adopted by non-rowers in the town, giving the style it’s name.

However it wasn’t until the 1970s that the Henley top made the leap into mainstream fashion. The introduction of the Henley as a fashion garment is attributed to Ralph Lauren who was shown the style by a merchant in New York and adopted it into his casual wear collection.

The style was popular through the 70s, fell out of favour in the 80s and then came back again in the 90s thanks to the Grunge movement.

In the 21st century the Henley is staple on the fashion marketplace and is available in short and long sleeve versions pretty much all year round.

…of the name: The top is named after Henley-on-Thames, the town in which the shirt first became popular as outerwear.

For more info on Henley Tops try Wikipedia, Best Made, Repository or check out the Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion

21st Century Henley Tops

Now available in all sorts of colours, prints and fabrics, the classic style remains a wardrobe staple for men and women.

the gap Vince

The Gap, Vince

Free People donna karan new york

Free People, Donna Karan New York


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