How to Wear Hawaiian Shirts – SSLR

How to Wear Hawaiian Shirts

by Saida Miller on December 24, 2022

Do you feel like your wardrobe needs a laid-back and exotic option? Bring a tropical twist to any party by upgrading your outfit with a Hawaiian shirt! Hawaiian shirts, also known as aloha shirts, have been around for almost a century and their popularity is still on the rise. And there is a good reason they are so iconic - they are an easy way to add a tropical vibe to any outfit, making you stand out. Whether you’re heading to the islands or just want to bring a piece of paradise to your wardrobe, knowing how to wear Hawaiian shirts is essential. In this blog, we will provide some tips on how to purchase the perfect Christmas-themed Hawaiian shirt and the different ways you can style it. Dress up your Hawaiian shirt with different layers and accessories.

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How to Wear Hawaiian Shirts

Hawaiian shirts have become a true classic and an essential item in any fashion fan’s wardrobe. Their bright, vibrant colors and unique pattern designs make them stand out from the crowd and provide an easy way to add a bit of fun to any outfit. You don't have to be on a sunbed on the beach to wear one - outside of theme parties and tiki bars, they can help you design a lighthearted, even ironic outfit. They’re perfect for everyday wear and can be styled in many ways.

The aloha shirt originates from Hawaii, dating back to the early 1920s. Aloha was a very frequently used marketing term, used to sell a variety of products associated with Hawaii. The return of soldiers from the Pacific Theatre to the United States after World War II brought an influx of Hawaiian shirts, many taken as souvenirs and novelty items. Their popularity skyrocketed even further when Elvis Presley wore a red aloha on the cover of his famous film, Blue Hawaii.

The popularity of Hawaiian shirts has only increased in recent years due to people wanting to add more color to their wardrobes. From office Aloha Fridays to a fun night out, there are more opportunities than ever to wear Hawaiian shirts. With so many different styles and prints available, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. In the next section, we’ll provide some useful tips on how to purchase and style the perfect Hawaiian shirt.

Tips for Purchasing the Perfect Hawaiian Shirt

When selecting a Hawaiian shirt, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, it’s important to look for quality fabric such as cotton or rayon that is lightweight and breathable, especially if you plan to take it to the beach in the summer. This is especially important if you’re looking for a shirt that will last for years to come. Additionally, it’s important to consider the fit - make sure you buy a shirt that fits well and isn’t too baggy or too tight. Our shirts are made out of soft, skin-friendly, durable, and super lightweight cotton that allows your skin to breathe, and the fit is sure to highlight your chest and shoulders. When it comes to prints and patterns, the available possibilities are truly endless. From classic floral prints to bright, vibrant geometric designs, there is something for everyone. It’s important to really think about the image you want to send: how much do you want to stand out? Our collection of outrageously kitschy Christmas-themed prints is sure to bring a smile to everyone's face at family gatherings, work events, and Christmas parties during the holiday season. 

Lastly, it’s important to think about where you plan on wearing your Hawaiian shirt. Tiki bars, a holiday to tropical islands, or an Aloha Friday are obvious choices, but they work in many more contexts. While Hawaiian prints and designs will never fit into a formal black-tie event, there are plenty of subtler styles with interesting patterns that can make a great addition to an office wardrobe such as our long-sleeved black and white Hawaiian shirt. Moreover, they are perfect for differentiating you from the rest of the crowd in a bustling club or bar. If you’re looking for something that really makes you stand out, then go for a bold design with bright colors and eye-catching patterns that shows you are not afraid to be the center of attention.

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Hawaiian Shirt Outfit Ideas

Now that you know how to pick the perfect Hawaiian shirt, you need to know how to wear it. It's very easy to create the perfect look for pool parties, summer BBQs, or nights out with friends by pairing your Hawaiian shirt with different items of clothing. The most important thing is to have fun experimenting with different styles and be creative with how you wear your Hawaiian shirt - they are not meant to be sophisticated or elegant, but fun and outrageous. Here are some stylish outfit ideas featuring the classic aloha shirt:

  • Hawaiian Shirt with Shorts - For a classic beach look, pair your Hawaiian shirt with some colorful Bermuda shorts and flip-flops or sandals. It doesn't matter if you know how to surf or not. This is the perfect look for summer days spent by the pool or at the beach. And don't forget about that ice-cold pina colada as you watch the sunset over the horizon - it's one of summer's greatest pleasures!
  • Hawaiian Shirt with Jeans - For a more casual everyday look, pair your Hawaiian shirt with some dark-wash jeans or khakis and sneakers. Choose bright colors like red or yellow to really make your Hawaiian shirt pop! This is an easy way to dress up an otherwise simple outfit and stand out at a party or in a club. For extra style points, accessorize with a pair of sunglasses or jewelry pieces that match the colors of your shirt, such as necklaces, bracelets, or earrings to tie together this stylish and fun look!
  • Hawaiian Shirt with a Skirt - For a fun night out look, pair your aloha shirt with an A-line skirt and ankle boots. This is an easy way to add a touch of tropical style to any evening ensemble. It looks chic and sophisticated, yet is still fun and flirty. To complete the outfit, add some statement jewelry pieces such as hoop earrings or layered necklaces in gold or silver tones for a luxe finish. Finally, don't forget about your hair, whether you choose a sleek bun or beachy waves.
  • Hawaiian Shirt a Blazer - For an evening look that is both stylish and classic, pair your Hawaiian shirt with your favorite blazer. Choose neutral-colored trousers or jeans to let the vibrant colors of your Hawaiian shirt take center stage while keeping everything else relatively simple. This look is perfect for summer parties or barbecues where you want to make a statement without going overboard. The contrast between the bright colors of the Hawaiian shirt and the sleekness of a blazer will create an original look that is bound to turn heads, and finish the look with an eye-catching watch for extra flair!
  • Hawaiian Shirt with a Jacket - For cooler nights, layer your Hawaiian shirt with a jean jacket or bomber jacket. This is an easy way to add some extra warmth and style to any outfit. The contrast between the casual Hawaiian shirt and the structured jackets will make your outfit stand out. To complete the look, pair it with some dark denim jeans and loafers or sneakers. Accessorize with sunglasses and a hat for an edgy touch that won't go unnoticed!
  • Hawaiian Shirt with a Turtleneck - If you want to mix up your style and try something new by wearing an unexpected combination of clothing, pair your Hawaiian shirt with a turtleneck top and trousers or wide-leg pants in matching shades of blue or black. The key is to pick colors that complement each other - for instance, if you have a bright red floral Hawaiian shirt, look for a navy or black turtleneck. This will add depth and texture to the outfit and create a bold statement - an easy way to dress up your tropical look while still staying comfortable. 

How to care for and store Hawaiian shirts

To ensure that your Hawaiian shirts stay looking vibrant and new, it is important to take proper care of them, both when washing and storing them, to preserve the colors and patterns that make these shirts so unique. Before washing, turn the shirt inside out to prevent any discoloration or fading from occurring on the front side. Use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent when washing; avoid using bleach or fabric softeners as they can cause discoloration or fading. After washing, hang dry or lay flat for any creases or wrinkles to fall out naturally. Once dried, fold along the natural lines instead of hanging for storage purposes - this helps maintain shape and color better. Taking the time to properly care for your Hawaiian shirt will help keep it looking great for longer!


Hawaiian shirts are an essential item in any wardrobe, no matter where you live or what your personal style may be. They are incredibly versatile and can be adapted for most occasions. A well-made Hawaiian shirt in a flattering cut will bring a fresh, tropical look to your outfits for years to come! With so many options available, you’re sure to find something that suits your preferences. From beach days to evening drinks, there are endless ways to style aloha shirts and you can make them work for any occasion. Once you have the perfect Hawaiian shirt in your closet, you can start experimenting with different outfit ideas and enjoy having fun with fashion!