Monday, August 20, 2012

On the Trend……Hawaiian Shirts, Milan & Paris


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  1. LondonFashionbyPaul

    August 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Cool Shirts!

  2. Simbarashe

    August 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    If you ask a man from Saratoga about Hawaiian shirts, he will tell you that they never go out style. Aside from the t-shirt, the most comfortable thing a man could wear on the street, form forgiving. I’d like to know what’s going to happen in the US come Labor Day!

  3. Fashion Agony

    August 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Amazing shots!

    Fashion Agony blog

    • Sam

      December 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm


  4. Laura

    August 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Great looks! I love the first one, the black and white and tropical shirt are well mixed!

  5. Gray Cat Can Fly

    August 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    wow! these guys are handsome. Nice shirts :)

  6. [email protected]

    August 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Wow! Really loving the second guy’s look – like a Hawaiian Samurai.

  7. princessglee

    August 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I like the print on the lower picture. It looks more modern

  8. Carola

    August 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    wow! are … Favolosi !
    kiss from Milan !

  9. Name*

    August 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    A few years ago, there was nothing more vulgar than wearing a hawaiian shirt and now they look amazing.
    Our perception have changed. The fashion machine rolls on relentlessly….

    • elxoxodetuprima

      August 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      It STILL is the most vulgar thing in fashion… Horrendous , vile, horrid , dreadful. NO NO NO N O NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

      • jen

        August 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

        Agree–now you have to look at the darn things in Italy??? Althoug hthe second dude looks good.

      • dcinDC

        August 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm

        I think these guys show how you can wear them the right way – as a jacket, or tucking it in to give it a bit more formality. In this summer’s heat, I think they are a perfect way to stay cool and still have a little bit of style about you. Oh, and I bet they aren’t considered vulgar in Hawaii…

      • Name*

        September 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        All things can look good and bad. Anyone that whines about cargo shorts, or filp flops always being bad is just putting their head on the chopping block to be proven very wrong. And it also sounds snobby and childish. So maybe a lesson can be learned here?….. Ah. Didn’t think so.

        • dcinDC

          February 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

          “Anyone that whines about cargo shorts, or filp flops always being bad is just putting their head on the chopping block to be proven very wrong…”

          Not sure if you are referring to comments I have made here from time to time, and don’t care either. FYI, tho, I don’t whine about it; I comment just like you do. If I am a snob to find flip flops and cargo shorts ALWAYS bad, so be it – THEY’RE HORRIBLE! Don’t see any lesson here at all – have a nice day!

  10. Susana

    August 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Kind of used to seeing them in Miami…but not often on THESE kinds of men…LOL!! It’s quite the fashion spin, though!



    August 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    i like these pictures!!!

  12. irene

    August 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    omg i love that shirt ( the second one) cooL!

  13. Edgar C

    August 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hilarious! I started wearing Aloha shirts last week since I wanted to deviate from the Blocks O’ Color trend right now. And now this!

  14. Natasha Fatah

    August 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hooray, I’m so glad Hawaiian shirts are in style. I’ve always had a soft spot for them. Mostly because my dad has been sporting them on weekends for as long as I can remember. :)

    ~Natasha Fatah~

  15. Mr Essentialist

    August 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Love the hawaiian trend – makes me think of Elvis in ‘Blue Hawaii’ – a great film!

  16. bluefig

    August 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Please no. I live in CA -this is no trend.

    • Rupert

      August 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

      What is CA?

  17. jon

    August 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    i am getting one. at a tacky vacation shop i guess?

  18. Richard

    August 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I’m having mixed feelings about the Hawaiian (Aloha) Shirts. I have a feeling no respectable Hawaiian gentlemen would wear their Aloha Shirt in the manner either shirt is shown here.

  19. Lou'Ana

    August 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I love these outfits !!! The way they both style the hawaiian shirt is really inspiring. x

  20. Emma Howard

    August 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I design prints for Aloha Shirts or Hawaiian Shirts. George Clooney wears one of my prints in The Descendants movie. It’s the navy blue shirt with white motifs first seen when he’s driving around Honolulu searching for his wife’s boyfriend.



  21. monkeyshines

    August 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    amazing prints!


  22. Reem

    August 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I think this trend will look better on women greets from Amman

  23. blue roses

    August 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    certainly quite a ways away from jimmy buffet’s fantastical margaritaville….

  24. Thom

    August 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    No way… Not the Hawaiian. Well, of it is to make a comeback, at least these guys are rocking it with style.

  25. Eve

    August 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    All my life I have hated Hawaiian shirts with a passion.
    I do like that in the first picture it is paired with black slim jeans and those boots. It is unexpected and cool. I still hate it otherwise.
    In the second picture though, if it wasn’t tucked into that awful denim pants, it would actually be a nice combination with those bangles that echo the colors of the shirt and the awesome hairstyle that compliments his face. The background is also perfect as always. (What do you do? Do you carry people to a place where there could be no better background for your shots? Because I can’t believe that is a coincident every single time. I am jealous! My hunts are always where they should not be. It is like they do it on purpose to bother me. lol)

  26. Winston

    August 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    This is just awesome. I love this. I couldn’t pull this off though.

  27. TerranceJ

    August 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Worn correctly, Hawaiian shirts can lend charm to almost any look. I’d probably opt for the shirt worn by the gentleman in the last pic – prints on black tend to lack that summery appeal that many of us want.

  28. JV

    August 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    The second guy’s look, aside from his hair, is straight up 80′s Magnum P.I. fan. I’m scared.

  29. Johnny

    August 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I remember the guy in the first picture from another of your shots, is that right?
    Anyway, I really dig his style!

  30. Serdane

    August 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    It’s really depend. For instance from where I am right now it’s really the typical Camisal that you have to got in your closet. But I know an other town where a lot of people will fix you with strange eyes because you should wear something more classical. So …

  31. TEST/model magazine

    August 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I swear that I had the same print as the shirt in the top photo in ’77 although more of a “disco” cut.

    I kind of love it that these were taken in Milan and Paris!

    victor john penner

  32. sara

    August 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    these guys are amazing.
    I love the shirts.

  33. lintmag

    August 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Used to love old Hawaiian shirts but now they just seem like you work at Trader Joe’s.

  34. Freya - Fashionable People

    August 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Love the vibrancy of Hawiian shirts.

  35. Bohemian Style

    August 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Looks particularly cool with the lighter pants.
    Possibly because the shirt then reads more abstract, rather textural, being that together with the light jeans, it all looks washed out.

  36. Lx Hugs

    August 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Love Paris and Hawaii

    So, just thinking about the combination of both it’s like finding heaven on earth.

  37. MaricruzLA

    August 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I like them, and the first shot looks very nice

  38. Shai Wallach

    August 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    The second guy looks awesome! He looks so well put together in the Hawaiian shirt. Those shirts usually look too sloppy to my taste.

  39. sofia

    August 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I like the post

  40. Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris Blog

    August 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Lovely blouses for summer! I’m living at the Caribbean right now and every day I see this style!

  41. Fashiongentrix

    August 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Prints galore! I think prints is one of my favorite fashion trends. Any prints actually but most of it was the Hawaiian/tropical prints and also digitalized prints. It’s not always easy to get the best prints, the colors and the images must be right to avoid tacky-ness.
    Love it!

  42. CBC

    August 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    #1 look like a less edgy Justin O’Shea…not a fan of h…..shirts but they look cool

  43. Evan

    August 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Yeah Those guys make Hawaiian shirts look GOOD… (Life Blog)

  44. Luisa C

    August 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I want ALL THE HAWAIIAN SHIRTS. Portugal has an embarrassing lack of hawaiian patterns, and I want them so bad. The closest thing I got was a tropical flower pattern men’s shirt I bought in Portland while I was in the US. I miss the US :(

  45. Nato

    August 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I prefer combining animals and plants. Toucans, big leaves and flowers. Printed shirts should be true to the spirit of the organisms.

  46. Jennifer

    August 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Adore the man in the first photo!

    xo Jennifer

  47. Leeseeso

    August 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Being from Hawaii, I rather adore them.
    On Fridays, we refer to it out here as “Aloha Friday”
    The working crowd can usually be seen sporting perfectly ironed Hawaiian print clothing – all day at work and of course rolling in for happy hour :)

    But really, any day is a good day for Hawaiian print.

    I rarely see them adorned in such a stylish way, personally, I’m pleased that the fashion world is “trending” it. If I were in Berlin and saw a man wearing an Aloha shirt (anyway he pleased) – I’d be pretty stoked!!

  48. Jokey

    August 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    в таких рубашках лучше отдыхать на природе, за городом, на море, но никак по городу…

  49. Christine

    August 21, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Excellent, I’ve had my Hawaiian shirt on none stop since I bought it at the start of summer, I just blogged about it and then your post popped up in my feed….must be bang on trend!! xx

  50. une chatte grise

    August 21, 2012 at 12:37 am

    These gents are making those shirts work (love the rolled sleeve on the second). But mostly I’m digging the hair!

  51. Bobbish

    August 21, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I love your rss feed. Look so forward to reading it. Just ordered both of your latest books on Amazon. I lived in Hawaii for 8 years and have a lot of aloha shirts.. Thanks for the hours of pleasure I have received from your website. Bob

  52. francesca

    August 21, 2012 at 1:25 am

    hell yes.. loving this trend

  53. Ken

    August 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Great shots. But they call ‘em “Aloha” shirts out here in the 808, brah.

  54. Xeana

    August 21, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I think this is a great trend. Beautiful multi-colored prints look bright and stylish.


  55. Sophie Mhabille

    August 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Love hawaian print on men’s !

  56. Tim

    August 21, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Not sure if I’m on board. A tucked in hawaiian shirt without a belt? And he’s not trying to be ironic? A rare few can MAYBE pull this off, but I’m wary of it as a broader trend. I dunno, I guess people were saying that about camo a year ago, and I finally got on board with that.

    Do love the way he cuffs the sleeves though.

  57. WhiteCloset

    August 21, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I think I’m in love… with the man in the first picture! <3

  58. Emma

    August 21, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I think i love them – they freshen up a look!
    Ask me that 5 years ago though and I probably would have said the opposite!

  59. CwC

    August 21, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I’m sad that due to souvenir shops’ cheap tacky versions, Aloha shirts have such a bad reputation. I don’t think it’s different from any other item of clothing, if you can make it work, then why not?

    • Montreal

      August 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I must agree with CwC. I think they get their bad rap due to cheap fabrics and ugly patterns sold in sovenir shops. I have one I occasionally wear on very hot days from Polo Ralph Lauren. It’s a beautiful timeless print with shades of green, shades of bule & strong pink on a black background. It would be equally beautiful as a fabric in a Palm Beach sunroom or a caribean get-a-way.
      Anything done in good taste will look good but wo’s wearing it, appropriateness of place and occasion is another factor.

  60. Thefashionguitar

    August 21, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I have a week spot for botanicals anyway, hence the hawaii print I find amazing

  61. It's the Drinks // N

    August 21, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Hm, the Hawaiian, never been a fan. And I don’t think I’m convinced ;) They do look a LOT better than most takes on the look, though.


  62. Oh, play it louder!!

    August 21, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I love these shirts: colors, shape… It’s just perfect!

    See you!

  63. IS THIS IT? models review

    August 21, 2012 at 5:30 am

    They look great… hehe, and no, I don’t agree with Homer Simpson and his “There’s only two kinds of guys who wear Hawaiian shirts: gay guys and big fat party animals”… :)

    IS THIS IT? models review

  64. Alessandra

    August 21, 2012 at 5:44 am

  65. Eva

    August 21, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Love the first style and shirt!


    August 21, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I love a good hawaiian shirt, I think it has become a classic !

  67. FRUN7

    August 21, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Might be a little late with summer ending…..:(

  68. Sevan

    August 21, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I can’t stand them because that’s what older men wear ad nauseum in Florida where I live, but I must say, the second picture is not as “hawaiian” and looks good with the bangles.

  69. Becky Bedbug

    August 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    What fantastic prints! I’d like a Hawaiian shirt myself!


  70. ttea

    August 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    The second picture is definitely better than the first. The first one looks like he’s trying to hard to make the shirt work. The second one works because he looks comfortable in his wn shirt, plus it actually looks like he belongs in the shirt (although I’m not sure what ethnicity he is). In general I would gravitate to the second shirt just because it’s a little more tastefully done.

  71. haylee

    August 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I love Hawaiian shirts, especially vintage. I’m in love with the one in the second shot.

  72. Anthony

    August 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    They both have beautifully groomed hair. The guy on top looks outstanding in his clothes.

  73. Len bee

    August 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    The first guy is cuuuuuuuute . I love the shirt but I love his hairy chin more.

  74. Chahrazad

    August 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Nice pictures, like always. I prefer the first one though! Love the colors and the background.


  75. BallandChain

    August 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The second guy looks FABULOUS!!! Totally rocked it!. Beautiful face too boot!

  76. art deco engagement rings

    August 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Kinda like it and I usually don’t like hawaiian shirts!

  77. Elena

    August 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    :) Nice!!!!! But the first one looks like Ace Ventura XD

  78. Alice

    August 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I like the bottom man, here hair is fabulous.

    Check out my latest fashion illustrations and artwork:

    X A

  79. Daisy Nguyen

    August 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Gotta love a man who can carry of a Hawaiian shirt – WELL!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  80. Kevin

    August 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Hawaiian shirts aren’t cool, or even stylishly ironic. Ever. Not even on an albino.

  81. Rob Borja

    August 22, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Growing up in Hawaii, we preferred to call them Aloha print shirts. And in my opinion, when it comes to Aloha print shirts, the quality of the print and material is commensurate to its fashionability; which could probably be applied to clothing in general. A well-made shirt with an appealing pattern, made of natural material will always outshine a tacky rayon version… unless you’re going for that kitschy look.

    It doesn’t help that the stereotype of what a “Hawaiian shirt” is has soured their appeal, and movies like Office Space have added to their disdain, but because they’re a part of my culture, I love them… especially the ones that remind me of the shirts my father used to wear.

  82. Leanette Pretorius

    August 22, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Hawaiian shirts Ugg boots…
    It gets people talking and proves yet again that the most important element of style is CONFIDENCE!
    PS: George Clooney was HOT in “The Descendents”. Not buffed-best angle-flattering light-hot but classic real-life hot. That’s what sparked this renewed tropical shirt trend!

    • Emma Howard

      August 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Dale Hope who wrote The Aloha Shirt:Spirit of the Islands also directed the United States Postal Stamp project to have The Aloha Shirt postcard stamps printed. Each stamp image was taken from a photograph from his book.

      He was the art director who commissioned my studio to design the shirt that was seen on
      George Clooney in The Descendants. It took 6 months to hand carve and hand print inks onto paper in an old converted carport -turned art studio in Kailua, Hawaii.

      Dale Hope is,in my opinion, the force behind the renewed interest in Aloha Shirts.

      George Clooney did seem so real,so vulnerable,approachable , in his role as Matt King.

  83. Jeff F

    August 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Three points: 1) The Aloha shirt should never be worn with a T-shirt–that dilutes the statement. 2) The Aloha shirt should never be tucked in–that goes against the free-flowing spirit of the garment. 3) Like jazz, not all Aloha shirts are created equal. They range from the beautiful to the hideous.

  84. pascal

    August 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  85. jaj

    August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    The man in the first photo.. wow! Gorgeous! Nice casual style.

  86. Rinus

    August 24, 2012 at 2:07 am

    It all comes back. These are the clothes I wore in ,… let me think…
    1975 We bought them secondhand at a store called The Salty Dog.
    It was the beginning of the oversized look.

  87. amebix

    August 24, 2012 at 2:57 am

    shirt and hairdo amazing
    crap jeans spoil the overall tone

  88. tlg

    August 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

    is that mr brainwash in the background of that first photo?

  89. AshleyWeston

    August 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Beyond the Hawaiian print, I love the ease of a short sleeve button down shirt. Talked about it in my blog entry :

  90. nicole

    August 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Some might even say tropic chic. Heh :)

  91. Johnny

    September 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Finally! I’ve been wearing them since a couple of years now and i’m 29. I used to get weird looks and I still do…but Its part of the reasons why I enjoy wearing hawaiian shirts.

    I think a confident man can wear anything as long as he feels good doing it. Same thing with pink and other pastel colors back then. Remember Miami vice? ;)

    Fashion is just that fashion, it comes and go. I wear what I want, when I want… I don’t care about someones opinion on my clothing taste.

    Cheers and rock your Aloha shirts if you feel like it.

  92. CCC

    September 9, 2012 at 2:23 am

    love Hawaiian shirts, buttoned or not. so airy and colorful with the right pattern. but it’s end of summer now. I bet they’re big in next spring

  93. Martine

    September 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful shirts on both gentlemen. I love the hair on the second guy. He looks absolutely great. So interesting I would expect the first to look good, but the second is even better and it surprises me.

  94. Mens Hawaiian Shirts

    October 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Aloha Shirts commonly known as Hawaiian Shirts originated in Hawaii. It truly represents beach lifestyle and theme of Hawaiian Shirts dates back to centuries

  95. julian

    October 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

    That ronin-esque hairstyle is bad ass !!

    To me, Hawaiian shirts only ever look good on dark, tattooed, genuinely tough and dangerous gangster types.

    (or Harvey Keitel in Reservoir Dogs’)

  96. amanda

    December 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Those looks so cute!! thanks for sharing I saw some of the Best Hawaiian shirts for men here:

    Even got one for my husband :)

  97. vinny

    February 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    those dudes do no pull off the aloha shirt well at all. Also those are the ugliest aloha shirts i ever seen and the whole style the models have with it just dont vibe well. Though some people pick more earth tone or a more simple patterns because its easier to match and not looking like a tourist stop sign. Aloha shirts are worn only tucked in when doing business. Aloha shirts are comfortable a lot of people on the island wear them but not the polyester crap with plastic buttons and stupid colors. and people shouldnt try to wear them and force it to be a tuxedo.

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