The Best Hawaiian Shirts for Summer
Release your inner Elvis. 17 Hawaiian shirts for summer.
When Chris O’Dowd says, “I’m a Hawaiian shirt guy. I’ve made that life decision”, you know that once potentially controversial, wearing a brightly coloured flowery shirt is finally and completely ok.
What makes a shirt a Hawaiian shirt? Well, palm trees, florals and fruit are all safe, or anything we can imagine Elvis wearing/doing in Blue Hawaii (1961). Once the staple of the cool loner (Christian Slater in True Romance) or the slightly weird (Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona) fashion finally accepted the big, bold and mighty mens Hawaiian shirt during the SS18 shows, so technically getting your hands on one of these bad boys will make you not only a cool loner, slight weirdo, but you’ll also be very fashion forward. Aloha!
This has to be the perfect shirt for this summer’s party circuit. Every box is ticked. The colour (bright), pineapples, flowers, dancing ladies and well it even says ‘Hawaii’. At this price you could can afford to buy two. Topman £30
Not sure many of us have a spare £795 to spend on a shirt, but if we did, we would. This is To.Die.For. The motifs – panthers, volcanos, florals, the bright colours and the divine red, blue and green trim all come together in a beautiful Gucci/Hawaiian harmony. Gucci £795
Paul Smith owned the Hawaiian shirt when he debuted his SS18 collection on the catwalk last year. Or maybe reclaimed it. He told Vogue: “Back in the ’70s I used to buy a lot of vintage Hawaiian shirts from shops in New York and then bring them back to my shop in Nottingham. A lot of kids would come from Sheffield and Wigan to buy them.” Some of those very shirts were the inspiration behind these designs. This night time scene is easily our number #1 favourite Hawaiian shirt. Paul Smith £215
A modern twist on the classic Hawaiian scene sees dinosaurs and volcanos trump palm trees and fish and heaven knows we want one. Not just because we’d be a cooler version of Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park, but its guaranteed to be the talk of the town at the next kids party you go to. Lanvin £470
All Saints are owning the brown, deep colours on the Hawaiian shirt this season and we have to say we like it. It’s like joining the Hawaiian shirt party, but in a very cool laid-back All Saints-wearer kind of way. All Saints £85
The ultimate Hawaiian shirt in our opinion. This Prada shirt is the dream. Quality meets camp with tropical fish, palm trees, waves and sand all fighting for space. Nothing makes us want to jump on a surf board and make like a Beach Boy more.Prada £640
This white palm print says Hawaiian shirt in a very subtle, chilled out way. We could perhaps consider it perfect for the those at the beginning of their journey into bold shirts. Be warned – your girlfriend will steal this. Topman £35
It’s no co-incidence this shirt has been dubbed ‘Magnum Hawaiian shirt’. The world’s first and foremost TV detective was famous for 3 things; his red car, his moustache and his vast collection of Hawaiian shirts. I think Thomas Magnum would sell his faithful sidekick Higgins for this shirt. SSC £252
This is a seriously cool shirt, not just because the gorgeous muted browns make us think of Graham Greene original book covers, but because it could easily work all year round without any raised eyebrows or feeling like a clown. All Saints £88
“The SS18 menswear collection celebrates the spirit of the season with escapism, positivity, romance and freedom. Tropical prints embrace the spirit of summer featuring scenes of volcanoes, palm trees, hibiscus flowers and birds of paradise…”
Feel all those spirits in this handsome, classy, double-pocketed shirt. Stella McCartney £310
Alfred Shaheen was the man credited with popularising the Hawaiian shirt. After the war he set up a textiles business on Hawaii, picking up junk from Honolulu and using it to create his fabrics under his Surf ‘n Sand Hand Prints business. After making the very shirt Elvis wore in Blue Hawaii Shaheen became an internationally acclaimed designer and was featuring in everything from Vogue to Harper’s. You can pick up originals on Etsy or Ebay or try some good old fashioned foraging in charity shops and car boots.
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