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Short Sleeve Indigo Henleys – Five Plus One

Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.


You have a lot of options when you’re looking to build up your spring/summer shirting, but it’s always nice to have a henley or two. While there are a ton of options out there we’re partial to indigo dyed henleys and fortunately for all of us a myriad of brands seem to agree. This list is just a taste of what’s out there, but we hope you use it as a jumping off point to find your own, perfect henley.

1) Velva Sheen: Short Sleeve Indigo Henley

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Velva Sheen is one of the most recommended brand for quality tee shirts, but their henleys are nothing to scoff at either. Today we look at their Short Sleeve Indigo henley, a 100% cotton pigment-dyed henley with a three button 1/4 closure. This shirt is made in Los Angeles to the best quality standards, ensuring that it’ll be around long enough to develop unique, indigo fades.

Available for $95 from Canoe Club.

2) Nine Lives: Heavy-Knit Indigo Henley

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Nine Lives has are a favorite brand of many in the heritage fashion world, even if they’ve only been around a few years. Their Heavy-Knit Indigo Henley is a great representation of what they do: make classic garments with a slight twist and top-notch fabrics. This henley is made of thick, waffle-knit fabric that is dyed with a combination of both natural and synthetic indigo. Each piece is finished with custom buttons that make this shirt just that much more special.

Available for $245 from Nine Lives.

3) Todd Snyder: Short Sleeve Indigo Henley

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If you are looking for a henley that is a bit more similar to t-shirts then Todd Snyder’s Short Sleeve Indigo Henley is worth a look. Made from jersey cloth, this henley is slim fitting and easy to work into your wardrobe regardless of your style. It is finished with shell buttons which help to elevate this shirt and add a bit of visual interest. While far from a formal shirt, pairing this piece with chinos and penny loafers would make for a perfect Sunday brunch outfit.

Available for $88 from Todd Snyder.

4) Stevenson Overall Co: Black Rhino Short Sleeve Henley

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Stevenson Overall Co. is another great example of a brand that makes simple garments with great materials and a few small tweaks, which result in a product that is better than the sum of its parts. This made in Japan henley is made from hank-dyed, 100% cotton fabric, which features variable weave pattern. While it’s gorgeous new, this fabric will only get better as it wears and fades with age.

Available for $245 from Self Edge.

5) 3sixteen: Short Sleeve Indigo Henley

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Another great choice for a jersey cloth henley is 3sixteen’s Short Sleeve Indigo Henley. Made in Canada from 225gsm fabric, this deep-indigo henley is a classic cut with a ton of great details. From its triple-needle stitched collar to its corozo button closure, this henley is sure exudes a quality well above its price point. While not the most formal shirt on this list you’d be hard pressed to find a better piece of casual wear for the coming summer.

Available for $55 from Reserve Supply Co.

Plus One – Pure Blue Japan: Short Sleeve Indigo Double-Button Henley

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Pure Blue Japan’s Short Sleeve Indigo Double-Button Henley is a perfect if you’re looking for a henley that’s just a bit different. Made from slubby, 100% cotton fabric, this indigo-dyed henley features beautiful fabric, but that’s far from its only great characteristic. With ribbed armhole construction, four needle stitching, and metal buttons, each and every thing about this shirt is sure to impress you from the moment you pick it up.

Available for $150 from Okayama Denim.