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The Hawaiian shirt entered the fashion realm in the 1930’s and literally took over the coastal scene. Once associated with the retired beach tourist, the style was also seen on the likes of film and stars early on – think Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet. 

Since the revival of the look from the likes of Stella McCartney in 2012, more recent runways including Prada SS/18 and Versace SS/19 have modernised the style. It’s contemporary brands including Australia’s own Double Rainbouu that have adopted the look entirely, producing an entire range of tropical looks for everyday of the year.

While the silhouette has somewhat changed from the oversized look to more structured shapes in recent years, the Hawaiian shirt should still be worn with caution. Whether its your poolside coverup or suiting saviour, the right attitude and know-how from below will help you nail the biggest trend for Spring/Summer.

The Over Shirt

If you want to start slow, and dip your toe into the latest trend we suggest trying the “over shirt” approach. Channeling the ’50s look, take your shirt and pair over a basic white t-shirt, then add slim-fit pants or relaxed shorts. Easy.

Loom Hawaiian Shirt / $49 USD SHOP NOW
Champion White Classic Jersey T-Shirt / $66 AUD SHOP NOW
Levi’s Denim Shorts / $123 AUD SHOP NOW

Poolside Paradise

Possibly the easiest way to wear the Hawaiian Shirt is taking it poolside – behind the perfect backdrop you’ll fit-in with ease. For this look, all you need is your trusty shirt, pool shorts and footwear of your choice. To avoid clashing, look for pieces in similar tones.

Double Rainbouu Sound Garden Hawaiian Shirt / $195 AUD SHOP NOW
Saturdays NYC Timothy Solid Swim Short / $119 AUD SHOP NOW
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Vulc Shoes / $130 AUD SHOP NOW

Trans-seasonal trends

Whether you’re moving into fall or looking forward to summer, the trans-seasonal weather can be tricky to dress for. To keep the Hawaiian shirt on for longer, look to a chino or slim-fit pant for seasonal longevity. Gone are the days that the Hawaiian shirt would pair with a basic pant and nothing more, so if you really want to make a statement, try a tailored jogger or light wash jeans for an ’80s approach to the style.

Urban Outfitters Palm Rayon Short Sleeve Button-down Shirt / $49 USD SHOP NOW
Uniqlo Men Slim Fit Chino Flat Front Pants / $50 AUD SHOP NOW
Vans Classic Slip On Checkerboard Sneakers / $100 AUD SHOP NOW

Suit Up

Not necessarily an obvious choice when it come to suiting, the Hawaiian shirt can put a welcomed twist on basic tailoring. Whether it be for a summer wedding or just another day in the office, try pairing your go-to suit with the style. Choose soft and relaxed tailoring and mirror the style with casual shoes, like a sneaker or suede loafer.

Fake Alpha Vintage 1950’s Hawaiian Shirt / $916 AUD SHOP NOW
Suit Supply Havana Brown Plan Suit / $429 AUD SHOP NOW