The Unexpected Return of the Hawaiian Shirt
It’s the trend that nobody saw coming yet everybody needs a tropical shirt this summer. Here’s why...
By now you'll have no doubt added a summer-ready vibe to your outfit choices, even if the weather isn't exactly playing ball. The sunglasses are out, you switched heavyweight wools for lighter cotton and linen long ago, and those sun-deprived legs have finally had a chance breathe now they're living in shorts. As wardrobe classics, shirts also take on a new identity at this time of year: sleeves become shorter, fits become looser and prints become a little more vibrant. You see, this summer, everybody’s going to be wearing the best tropical shirts.
The best tropical shirts – in their classic form – feature a solid, coloured background, overlaid with various colourful (although sometimes monochromatic) floral patterns.
Not since the days of Tom Selleck climbing out of a red Ferrari sporting one of the most powerful moustaches in history has a Hawaiian shirt been this on-trend. The best tropical shirts – in their classic form – feature a solid, coloured background, overlaid with various colourful (although sometimes monochromatic) floral patterns.
Like many iconic pieces, the tropical shirt's historic association with impeccably dressed men runs deep. Besides the aforementioned Magnum P.I., Leo DiCaprio’s outstanding Romeo and Juliet number and Elvis’ Crimson shirt in Blue Hawaii are highlights that will spring to mind whenever one of these shirts is seen. And of course, an honourable mention must go to Jim Carey’s truly iconic Ace Ventura wardrobe.
Considering the Hawaiian shirt’s bright and striking characteristics, there might be a little apprehension when it comes to styling it with confidence. But fear not; we have some tried and tested advice to guide you. When wearing the Hawaiian shirt skip the shorts to avoid the ‘grill-dad’ look, and instead opt for something a little more elevated – a darkly coloured tailored trouser with box fresh sneakers or a slightly smarter loafer will do nicely for a fancy evening dinner. Or don some nicely broken-in denims for a relaxed, modern daytime staple.