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Trendwatch | The Hawaiian Shirt Comeback

Trendwatch | The Hawaiian Shirt Comeback

Yes, you can look good in one of these.

The long maligned shirt, usually known as the choice of the tourist with a stomach the size of a beer keg, has been reappraised by a few designers this summer, who have decided to try to bring it into the twenty first century.

The most important change has been to the cut. It's slimmer, trimmer and more flattering than the Hawaiian shirts we're used to seeing. Here are three of the best options:

1 - Paul Smith Red Ear

Like the whole Hawaiian thing but aren't quite ready to go full Hawaiian? We don't blame you. Ease yourself into it with this almost subtle pattern by Paul Smith (Mr Porter, £120). It's relatively subdued for a Hawaiian shirt (we said relatively, you'll best off leaving this out of your office shirt rotation) and it'd also work well under a sweatshirt when the weather gets too British.

 

2 - Batten Sportswear

Are you ready for Hawaiian shirts in all their glory? Influenced by Seventies surf shirts, the floral print is mesmerisingly good and can be worn on it's own without looking like the human version of a kaleidoscope. (Couverture & The Garbstore, £120)

 

3 - Karmakula

If Batten and Red Ear aren't authentic enough for you, then you'll like this shirt. Karmakula are specialists in the ancient art of the Hawaiian shirt, making products using traditional methods for over a decade. This shirt's bold but it can be toned down. Wear it with a lightweight grey cardigan, navy chinos and white canvas trainers and you'll avoid looking like Timmy Mallett.(ASOS, £30)