Eternally loved by fraternity men and tourists, the Hawaiian shirt has been a part of fashion since The Brady Bunch vacation episode. Through the years the floral printed shirt has often fallen amongst some of fashion’s most unstylish items. However, there is something quintessential and charming about a good ol’ Hawaiian button-down and that could be why some designers are creating their own versions for spring 2014 runways.
When it comes to fashion designers, it really doesn’t get more prototypical than Prada. The fashion label took a new take on the classic shirts by pairing them with dress pants and blazers. The looks used contrasting colors to make the outfits pop. Red Hawaiian shirts were paired with navy blue dress pants. This created contrast and produced a bold look.
Wearing a Hawaiian shirt as part of a dressy outfit is daring, but the look can definitely be dressed down as well. Our Fashionisto did just that. He paired his red Hawaiian shirt with off white shorts, white Sperry Top-Siders and a matching floral hat. The boldest part of his outfit is his shirt. His surrounding pieces are neutral; this creates a focal point within the look and allows for his on trend shirt to stand out. With audacious prints it’s usually a good idea to pick one and build the rest of your outfit around that print. This avoids overwhelming an outfit.
If you want to add some Hawaiian shirts to your closet, then Urban Outfitters is a great place to look. They have lots of different takes on the tropical trend, including a Hawaiian print tee shirt that is a new take on the look. If you like the more traditional look ASOS is a great place to look. They have classic button-ups that are similar to the one our Fashionisto is wearing. So this spring forget out your basic button-up and try out a more tropical side of life.
Hint: Rocking the Hawaiian trend doesn’t just have to be done as a button up. Try working in the pattern in to other clothing pieces. Hats, socks and tee shirt are all cool ways to wear the look.