Vintage photos, PBR and Brooklyn aside — a true hipster values nothing more than a sense of irony. That said, I was out to dinner at Blue Smoke in Grammercy one rainy evening this week when I saw something that stood out among the drab black raincoats, and sloshing hunter boots. I hadn’t seen a Hawaiian shirt on someone in a while, well at least not worn in complete and tragic oblivion. But, that evening when I saw the outrageously bright floral shirt making its way down Lexington Avenue, I could not help but to smile, because what this Fashionisto had done was truly brilliant.
This guy was no entry-level Fashionisto. I could tell by his Sperry x Band of Outsider corduroy topsiders he was not exactly messing around. Like E.E. Cummings proved with his stylistic and innovative poetry, one cannot break the rules until they have mastered them completely. The weather was dismal, the season is pre-fall and here was this guy looking next-level in a Hawaiian shirt he purchased off of Ebay from a man in Idaho for $12 including shipping.
As noted in a recent article posted in Refinery29, Hawaiian prints are subjected to the great debate as to be “Rad or Bad." Associated with all things tacky yet endorsed by such fashion houses like Chloé, it leaves us fashion junkies in a stylistic stalemate.
Public service announcement, I support this trend completely. If you can look happy and cheerful, and most importantly stand out in a crowd, why not go for it?
Using his shirt as his statement piece, this Fashionisto constructed the rest of his outfit around it. His red Uniqlo socks peep inconspicuously out of his specialty topsiders, and he donned a pair of Cheap Monday jeans to neutralize his bright, floral shirt. Not pictured was a blue lambs wool button-down cardigan by Uniqlo for the upcoming season that he managed to score in Shanghai earlier this summer. To accessorize, he wore his staple Hermes Cape Cod watch, a Miansai rope bracelet, and again, in lieu of all the irony seeping from the threads of his shirt, a J.Crew woman’s watch band sans the watch face.
HINT: The most important aspect of this Fashionisto’s outfit is that he knew when to stop, and didn’t over do it. Keeping everything simple allowed him to pull off this Hawaiian print shirt seamlessly, pun intended. If you dig his look and want to get a tourist-fab shirt of your own, look on Ebay as well for great thrift pieces with character by merely searching “Hawaiian shirts." Yet, I encourage you to take your own risk, and wear something that everyone else would typically disregard at first glance. Because, after all, when’s the last time you did something for the first time?