You must have spotted these men before: tourists that don hawaiian print shirts, sometimes matching with their significant others, always in ill-fitting pieces. After seeing the unstylish ways of wearing hawaiian prints, you can’t be blamed for choosing to avoid them.
With labels re-imagining Hawaiian prints and putting them on sleek tees this season though, it’s time that you reconsider your stance on the print and check out on-trend Hawaiian Tees you can rock this summer.
Contemporary Hawaiian Tees
The days of baggy tackiness for men’s tropical-inspired fashion items have passed. Today, guys can take advantage of Hawaiian tees that have slimmer fits and a greater variety of colors and designs- the surf board, hula girl and palm tree combo isn’t your only choice anymore.
Definitely pair these tees with tailored shorts and and stylish sneakers for a casual look, but also try to mix them up! Use them to create some contrast with dressier, lightweight trousers and leather shoes.
Ready to take the plunge with this cool print? Check out the picks by our editors below, and shop the best Hawaiian tees this season!
One of my local ~vintage~ stores is selling this shirt for $45. Yep, that’s right, the price of two brand new official tour shirts; the price of my groceries for a week; the price of my public transport for a month; the price of four men’s Topman basic tees. I cannot stress this to you enough, someone would have purchased this shirt for $3 from a tourist-catering shop on a holiday.
Repossession of op shop/charity shop style clothing and its rebranding into expensive ‘vintage’ pieces coveted by rich, fashion conscious youth (see: hipsters) is disgusting. Why, because it annoys you? Because you want to be able to continue buying tacky green shirts from around the world at cheaper prices and not have to compete for your aesthetic with those you consider to be 'hipsters’?
Unfortunately, it is nowhere near that simple. We’ve all heard of gentrification, and it is widely agreed to be a negative phenomenon. Let’s talk about how that can carry through to other elements of our lives and how it genuinely impacts those around us. Cheaper, charity shop clothing exists for a reason - so that the socioeconomically disadvantaged can purchase and afford decent quality clothing. Sometimes even fashionable clothing can be found for under $5, when you’d have to pay $20 or above for something brand new, of the same or even lesser quality. That is amazing! I think that secondhand clothing and goods are pretty damn incredible and continuing this cycle of allowing others access to our old/unwanted things for a fraction of a price can have a tiny bit of impact on the Capitalist world in which we live.
When we start to make this shit the height of fashion, when the hipsters start making 'hobo-chic’ a genuine thing as opposed to a joke from some overplayed Ben Stiller film, we blue the lines between our divides. We are actively taking away clothing choices from the disadvantaged, all to further some hideous trend that should never have come into light in the first place. Regardless of whether this nonsense appeals to me aesthetically, however, it is deeply problematic on several levels:
When all the op shops are empty of good quality clothing, those who have less money to spend on their clothes become unable to put shirts on their own backs
When a shirt that should cost $10 at a push becomes $45, and no-one complains about that, no-one makes a fuss, then we see an increase in people looking like they don’t have the money to dress themselves
Why does this matter?
Because we are furthering the actual divides between socioeconomic subdivisions of society
We’re making the distinctions between them practically invisible