Say Aloha to the Hawaiian Shirt Again
They are wildly colourful, supremely comfortable and easy to wear on hot humid days.
But despite being regarded as tacky in some circles, the Hawaiian shirt, also known as the Aloha shirt, is having yet another moment in the sunshine.
For the past few seasons, they have resurfaced in vintage shops and in retail stores but this spring, it has turned into a menswear trend of tsunami proportions. These short sleeve shirts with the postcard type prints of hula girls, hibiscus flowers and surf boards can practically be found in most menswear fashion stores.
Once regarded as vacation or beach wear, they are now sported by a young urban generation to go out at night. And not just in casual cotton, they can be found in glossier silk-like fabrics, making them perfect to be worn under a suit.
Factor in luxury labels like Valentino and Saint Laurent doing their versions and you have to admit, the Hawaiian shirt is hip again.
Polo Ralph Lauren Floral Print linen shirt, $125, Hudson’s Bay and thebay.com
Crepe de chine vintage Hawaiian shirt replica 1930s, US$89.99, hawaiianshirtdude.com
Printed floral shirt, $49.90, zara.com
Pineapple print silk shirt, $118, tommybahama.com
Silk camp shirt, $128, tommybahama.com
Pink flamingo shirt, $69, Simons.
Polo Ralph Lauren Hawaiian Camp Shirt, $175, Hudson’s Bay and the bay.com