With spring closer, most of us get excited about brighter days, warmer temperatures, and that moment when we get to ditch those itchy sweaters!
Yes, changing out the closet, bringing back brighter colors and lighter fabrics, and adding a few new pieces is one of the most exciting parts of the new season.
And if you’re up for a change, take our advice and get a couple of Henleys, like the grey long sleeve Henley from Fresh Clean Tees.
This simple yet stylish t-shirt is perfect for wearing on its own and layering and will soon become your spring-go-to. Need styling advice? Keep reading!
If you’ve been living under a rock or are just unfamiliar with the name, a Henley is a collarless tee with a two-three button placet going down the neck.
Usually, Henleys are softer than regular tees and are more form-fitting. Yes, these are perfect for showing off your gym (or your online training program) gains!
Henleys are most commonly made from cotton, cotton blends, and other natural materials like, e.g., cashmere.
This tee style started as a uniform for laborers, rowers, and later hot Hollywood celebrities like Ryan Gossling and Chris Hemsworth.
Get the best
If you want to look good in your Henley, you need to choose a high-quality piece with the right fit. This spring, we suggest grabbing at least a few pieces that you’ll be able to wear for most occasions.
High-quality fabric. Forget cheap, unbreathable synthetics. They are more affordable but keep you sweating and lose shape after a couple of washes. Opt for natural fabrics such as cotton and cotton-polyester blends.
Great fit. Make sure your Henley fits you well! Even an expensive tee won’t look good if it’s too large or too tight. Yes, you want it to hug your figure, but nothing should be bursting at the seams. The best t-shirt length is just below your belt.
Color. We recommend stocking up on a few base colors such as navy, grey, black, or burgundy but getting one fun color for spring too. Think purple, green, or even mustard! The main point is – you want to have options.
Henley tees are great because they’re pretty easy to style. Take a look at a few options we’ve prepared for most occasions, from a casual day at the office to dinner with your friends.
With a button-down shirt for a casual day
Spring is notorious for its changing weather, so it’s always a good idea to layer your clothes.
Wearing your Henley under a button-down shirt is the perfect way to look good and adapt to changing temperatures quickly.
Choose a patterned or checkered shirt to create a contrast and pair everything with dark jeans or minimalist cargo pants. Add white sneakers or desert boots, and you’re good to go!
With chinos and a blazer for a casual day at the office
Chinos are the ultimate trousers for the office and paired with a simple Henley and blazer make the perfect casual office look.
Yes, ditching stuffy shirts feels good and so much more comfortable, yet you still look put together for a Zoom call or a quick team meeting!
Make sure the colors don’t clash and opt for, e.g., navy, white, olive or burgundy, and black.
With black jeans and a leather jacket for a night out
Black jeans, Henley, and a leather jacket are the fastest way to create a bad boy look for a fun night out!
Add white canvas or leather sneakers, and you have the entire outfit. Additional ways of upgrading the style are adding a scarf (remember, spring nights can get cold), a large watch, and sunnies if you’re planning to wait for the sunrise.
When it comes to colors, the most classic look is going with a black jacket and simple cream, navy, or olive Henley, but you can switch things up and pair the black jeans with a black tee and finish with a bright jacket!
With an oversized t-shirt for that dose of nostalgia
Yes, if you’re feeling nostalgic for the earlier decades, pairing your Henely with an oversized tee and baggy jeans will create that classic 80s and 90s look.
Be mindful, though, to not make this look like a costume, so coordinate colors well and always choose just the best quality pieces.
We also recommend staying away from logos and gimmicky graphics to be on the safe side.
With joggers and a zipper hoodie for a weekend in
Athleisure is still going strong, so pairing your Henley with joggers and a comfy zipper hoodie is an easy way to look stylish even when you’re just binging Netflix.
But you can also branch out for a Sunday coffee in this outfit without attracting the wrong kind of attention. For the ultimate effect, we recommend a monochrome look.