They aren't girls' polo shirts, and they aren't button-downs, but they create an interesting mix of the two. We love henleys because they have buttons, which offer a bit of pizzaz to an otherwise plain shirt with sleeves. We also enjoy not always having to deal with a collar, while still maintaining a somewhat put-together air. Henleys are a great compromise for girls who don't want to wear button-downs or polos, but who still need something fancier than girls' t-shirts for certain events.
The Henley History
When you learn the history of the henley, you might initially find it strange that it's become such a ubiquitous shirt design. The no-collar pullover with buttons began as mens' undershirts a few centuries ago because they were easy to get on and more comfortable to wear than previous undergarments. The name "henley" comes from an English town called Henley-on-Thames, where rowers would wear them as part of their uniform in the 1800s.
These shirts hung out in the realm of sports shirts and underwear for more than a century until designer Ralph Lauren spotted the potential to turn them into everyday shirts. In early days of commercial henley design, these shirts were designed for men. Today, however, plenty of women's and girls' shirts have the no-collar partial button-down characteristics that make a henley, and if we do say so ourselves, women and girls look great in them.
Our Favorite Henley Designers
Ralph Lauren has always produced quality All-American styling and is a fantastic designer to look at when shopping for girls' henleys. Girls' clothes from Ralph Lauren always strike the perfect balance between fun and sophistication. A Ralph Lauren design is casual enough to wear for an indoor playdate with a friend, but fancy enough to pair with a skirt or slacks for a recital or family event. If you're going for versatility when adding items to your daughter's closet, thredUP's Ralph Lauren girls' button down shirts options should be one of the first places you look.
Some henleys are quite casual. Henley neckline designs look cute on tank tops and t-shirts with bright colors, stripes, or graphic prints. If you want a casual girls' henley with some design flare, Carter's is the designer for you. Whether you need a cute henley for your toddler or something that'll fit an elementary school girl, thredUP's Carter's collection is bound to have something you like. As long as your kid's elementary school doesn't have a uniform policy, casual henleys are appropriate for class and versatile enough for the playground.
Our pre-loved inventory offers lots of one-of-a-kind henleys for girls, so when you see one you like, get it now. We hand-pick new inventory all the time, and wouldn't want someone else to snatch up the henley you've got your eye on. Shop thredUP today.