Henleys are one of my favourite casual picks for guys who are in shape. Not only are they a great way to show off your physique but they are also a fantastic option if you are trying to pull off a more rugged aesthetic with your look.
There’s just something quintessentially masculine about a well-fitted henley that makes it a clear style winner.
With that said, I’ve noticed that a lot of guys are under the impression that henleys are only really appropriate for the fall and winter season.
Henleys can work just as well during the warm spring and summer months, provided that you choose the right one. That means going for something that is made from either a lightweight cotton or linen material. It’s all about breathability.
Case in point: I recently picked up this lightweight long sleeve slub henley from Club Monaco and have been quite pleased with it.
The slub knit gives the henley a more textured appearance. For those of you who don’t know, slub cotton is just a type of weave where slight lumps and/or imperfections are left in the fabric (or created deliberately) in order to give the garment a more rough, uneven texture.
This particular henley is made from 100% cotton and is extremely lightweight, making it perfect for the warm spring and summer months. You can easily pair this henley with things like denim, khakis, and shorts.
Now, some of you may not like the slub knit. No problem. Just go for a standard lightweight cotton henley instead. It will work just as well.
In the examples below I’ve got on another lightweight 100% cotton henley from Club Monaco (which is no longer available). Fortunately, there are plenty of similar styles you can choose from other retailers:
Okay, now that you know what to look for in a warm weather henley, here are a few examples of how you can wear one this summer.
Henley + Denim
In this look I’ve paired a lightweight navy cotton henley from Club Monaco with a pair of dark wash straight fit 1969 jeans from The Gap, a brown braided leather belt from L.L. Bean, basic navy casual sneakers from Aldo (which are no longer available), and the beautiful Holst Slim Steel Mesh Watch from Skagen:
This is a great look for those cooler summer weekends when you’re hitting up a local pub or bar for some drinks with friends.
The key to pulling off a monochromatic look like this is combining different shades and textures together. In this case the shoes, the jeans, and the henley are all different shades of navy and each item has its own texture (leather/canvas shoes, denim jeans, and cotton henley).
But maybe you’re not into the whole monochromatic look. Maybe you don’t want to wear denim if it’s stinkin’ hot outside.
If that’s the case, then check out the next look below.
Henley + Khakis
In this look I’ve paired the same lightweight navy cotton henley from Club Monaco with a pair of straight fit grey khakis from The Gap, the same brown braided leather belt from L.L. Bean from the first look, classic beeswax desert boots from Clarks, and an awesome brown leather strap watch from MVMT.
If you’re not into the whole monochromatic look this is another option that can work well for you, especially since the khakis are a lot more warm weather friendly than denim.
The key to pulling off this look is the fit of the khakis. The last thing you want to do is wear a pair of saggy khakis that have become the hallmark of the typical office drone’s uniform. Stick with slim/straight varieties instead. In my case, I actually got my khakis slimmed below the knee in order to give them a much more streamlined, cleaner look.
The other factor you want to consider is colour combinations. I’ve kept things really basic in this look by combining navy, grey, and brown. These are all shades that work really well together and tend to look good on most guys.
But what if it’s still too hot to wear even khakis?
No problem, a long sleeve henley can work just as well with shorts.
Henley + Shorts
In this final look I’ve paired the same lighweight navy cotton henley from Club Monaco with a pair of paisley patterned shorts from Black Brown (a house brand from Hudson’s Bay), the same brown braided leather belt from L.L. Bean and navy casual sneakers from Aldo from the first look, and the same brown leather strap watch from MVMT from the second look.
A mistake I’ve noticed a lot of guys make is combining loud patterned shorts with a loud patterned top. My recommendation is to go with one or the other.
And that’s what makes this look work. I’m letting the shorts speak for themselves. Remember, you don’t need too get carried away trying to combine and mix patterns all the time. Oftentimes the simplest pairing is the most stylish.
The long sleeve henley is a great option during the summer season, provided that you choose something made from either a lightweight cotton or linen material.
For guys who are in shape a well-fitted henley is hard to beat. That’s why I recommend you scoop a few of these up in all of the basic colours (navy, grey, white). Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Here’s to looking sharp!