New Zealand Shape Hawaiian Shirt
Look for vintage-inspired prints that nod to the golden age of the shirt. Anything too loud or artificial will just look contrived, especially if the print is too on the nose – think hula dancers or pineapples. “Stick to abstract prints too,” says Alice. “Think florals that are more painterly than graphic. They’ll feel authentic and true to the original Hawaiian designs.”
Go overboard on colour. The shirt should make a bright statement, but it shouldn’t give anyone a headache. “Stay away from neons,” Alice says. “You want to add spirit but still be taken seriously, and anything to ostentatious won’t do you any favors.” Luckily, there are plenty of colourful but tasteful options available – from pastels to punchy shades of yellow, red, and orange – that will lift your look without feeling kitschy.
Put thought into how you style it. “There’s no one way to wear a Hawaiian shirt,” Alice says. “Because it’s typically made in a loose fabric, it can be worn tucked in, tucked down, and styled over a tee or vest – it really depends on the environment. It’s also possible to dress them up or down. Pair yours with some green chinos or tailored shorts and a pair of trainers, and you’re ready for a rooftop party. Style one with tailored trousers and boots, and you can even wear it in some casual office settings.”