One of the biggest disappointments of living in a tropical state is the fact that the cold winter weather doesn’t start until January, and even then, it will only last for a month or so. Some people, like myself, may see this as a disappointment, but others take this never-ending summer as an opportunity to keep showing off their summer style all year long.
When I think of the tropics, there is one thing that comes to mind immediately: Hawaiian shirts. Hawaiian shirts are one of the tackiest and unfashionable shirts one could ever wear (or so I thought). During the spring/summer 2014 Milan Fashion Week, Prada showed something that no one could’ve imagined being fashionable: the runway was filled with Hawaiian shirts!
After spotting this Fashionisto on campus, I was impressed by his risk-taking ability to wear this trend a season in advance. He was wearing a cool, neutral short sleeve Hawaiian shirt that was not tacky. The shirt was fitted, which is a plus when trying to avoid appearing as if one is wearing a retiree’s shirt. Another item that made this Fashionisto’s ensemble appear more on-trend was the length of his chino shorts; they were about five inches above the knee (not too short, but not too long).
The short encounter with this Fashionisto taught me two important lessons: never underestimate the influence of a fitted shirt or the ability to style by a Fashionisto. As Calvin Klein once said, “Men are more aware of fashion; they’re not afraid of it.”
Hint: Changing the backpack for a more modern messenger bag can make the look appear trendier and more polished.