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I love me a good henley. Most of the ones in my wardrobe are really old, really soft, and "borrowed" from cute boys I know (or used to know). Maybe that's why henleys always seem a little masculine to me (even if like Sapwood, they are girl-shaped, and in a soft color, and have lovely feminine detailing) or maybe somewhere deep in my subconscious I knew that the henley shirt began as a men's rowing uniform. I think there is something sweet, and cozy, and just a little bit insouciant about tossing a boyish shirt over something really girlie. If you wanted to bring out that old-school henley edge, make yours in navy, heathered grey, or an oatmeal tone. These first outfits, in this robin's egg shade, may border on twee- but there's nothing wrong with looking unapologetically adorable once in a while.
This is definitely a top that plays well with others; it's a great layering piece. In the looks above, the top kind of dresses down the dresses, takes them into definite daytime territory. But I also want to show you that even though a henley always looks a tiny bit "undone", you can still wear it and look put-together. Observe:
This is pretty dorky, but that whole set was inspired by the movie Pleasantville- the cool greys really make the colors pop right out at you. I think Sapwood would be right at home in a prim 50's inspired outfit, over your gym clothes in yoga class, with a sweet frock, or over your most worn-in jeans. How would you wear your Sapwood?