Spring 2019's Hawaiian Shirt Trend Is Already Dad Approved
Hawaiian shirts will forever remind me of my dad. Sweet surfer Steve in all of his who-cares-what-I-look-like glory considers this a year-round wardrobe staple. Holidays, reunions, dinners out, vacations — no occasion can keep him away from his beloved tropical mainstay, and I wouldn't want to change that for the world. Instead, it actually seems as though I'll be joining him this spring thanks to a slew of designers doing their own iteration of the dad-worthy Hawaiian shirt for Spring 2019.
"The tropical top is very 'ironic chic' — a fashion faux pas so wrong it's right," Moda Operandi Fashion Director Lisa Aiken tells TZR. "It overlaps with something we are seeing everywhere: items with a vintage feel being reworked by designers to feel fresh again."
Designer Richard Quinn included a Hawaiian-print satin shirt in his Spring 2019 runway collection, which is crafted with floral beaded embroidery and comes in a cool boxy silhouette. Other labels ranging from iconic Balenciaga to quirky-cool Dries Van Noten and Rejina Pyo to edgy Alexander Wang all partook in a little aloha spirit and the result is fun, refreshing, and a reminder it's time to dip into your vacation days.
Richard Quinn S/S 2019
If you're curious how to wear the piece while not on holiday, Aiken loves it "tied up with jeans and worn with a dose of confidence to embrace the bold print and colors." Or for a more polished take, feel free to wear it to the office by dressing the piece up with a midi skirt or trousers and your favorite mules. The beauty of the Hawaiian shirt is that it's an easily convertible staple for summer.
Ahead, shop the season's best Hawaiian shirts to help you get ahead of the trend.
Richard Quinn's take on the Hawaiian shirt is about the most exquisite interpretation I've ever seen. One teeny tiny suggestion: do not wear this one to the beach.
Instead of a funky floral print perhaps consider Rejina Pyo's fruit-bedecked top. It's equally as playful and slightly unexpected.
This London-based label is a reliable go-to for cool silhouettes and interesting patterns and textures.
Style this printed shirt with a pair of black trousers and mules for an effortless evening look.
The best part about these tropical shirts are the patterns, so why not look for an option that stands out from the pack?
Natasha Zinko serves up a high-fashion Hawaiian shirt with a pop of sky blue and a high-low shape.
The dad shirt gets a cozy makeover by way of this silky Morgan Lane pajama top. Wear left open with a camisole underneath to translate it to evening.
If your wardrobe has been in need of some color then reach for this bright, cheerful option you can wear with everything from a pleated skirt and sneakers to jeans and sandals.
If a punchy floral print feels overwhelming to you then search for a shirt with the Hawaiian silhouette but a slightly surrealist pattern.
Give your next outfit an adventuristic spirit with a tropical shirt worn with khaki pants or a cargo skirt. Lace-up booties to finish.
If this bold print doesn't lift your spirits then I'm not sure what will.
A groovy top to help make your entry to spring a stylish event right from the start.
Graphic black and white with a small splash of color is a great way to try the trend at the office.
If you're feeling bold, experiment with the mixed prints trend and style this shirt with a striped skirt. Layer a denim jacket on top to tie the two together.
The gradiant on this shirt feels like a subtle nod to the relaxing hues of a sunset on the beach.