Like many of our classic styles today (think workwear denim or Chanel’s Breton stripes), cardigans and henley shirts also have humble beginnings that are spun chic. Henley shirts were named after the English city of Henley-on-Thames; They were the traditional rowing uniforms in the English city in the early 19th century. Functional and sporty! That likely caught the attention of designer Ralph Lauren when he brought the previously worn underwear into American wardrobes in the 1970s.
I’ve always loved a henley – his open neck shows just enough skin. I’ve accumulated the style across the years, from paper thin cotton to silk and cashmere. One of my Henley stores was Gap, and my mother stocked up on Henley shirts for me year after year – both before bed and when I was out. Stripes, slouchies, ribbed, and fitted are available. I always greet another Gap Henley in my closet. I recently wore them with my new favorite Gap jeans. I wear them everywhere from building around the house to writing this article. With a great sale at Gap, 50 percent off with the BIGSALE code and another 20 percent off with the ADDON code, now is the time to add this classic to your wardrobe! Here are some of my choices.