Beach Bum: 12 Best Hawaiian Shirts

Jun 23, 2017

Category: Style

We’re not really sure how it happened, but at some point in the past year or two, floral print shirts with camp collars went from being solely worn by dads on vacation to being tres cool among the urban professional type. Is this change the result of some post-post sartorial satire? Or is it a technicolor offshoot from normcore? Whatever it is, we’re far from upset about the entrance of Hawaiian shirts back into our wardrobes.

There is something very refreshing about how radically unserious these button up shirts are. The have a disarming and laid back fun vibe to them that matches perfectly with the mood of the summer season. Just try and be grumpy with flowers or little illustrated surfers all over your tiki shirt. We dare you. But Hawaiian shirts are more than just bright and fun looking – they’re often made with light, breezy materials that keep you feeling cool and relaxed. When the mercury starts rising high and the humidity with it – having a comfortable shirt that you can grab off a hanger is important. So if you don’t have one already – take a scroll through our list of the best Hawaiian shirts for men and pick yourself one to match those umbrellas in your drink.

J.Crew Short Sleeve Shirt

Prep goes to the beach with this short sleeve cotton shirt from J.Crew. The shirt features a left breast pocket, a button down collar, and a really bright and detailed flower print all over the shirt. While the cut of the shirt isn’t all that different from any other short sleeve button down you’ll find, the brightness of the print is enough to imbue it with a summery vibe that says anything but ‘office wear.’

Purchase: $60

Roark Revival Rites of Passage Shirt

A classically cut shirt from Roark Revival featuring a lightweight woven cotton construction. The tiki shirt has a darker, more muted look to it and a simpler collar making it ideal for a somewhat less in-your-face look. Designed by pro skater Jamie Thomas, the shirt features images of people sailing by moonlight, dark green leaves, and red roses. A fun pick to be sure.

Purchase: $65

Avanti Designs Surfer Shirt

Made from Crepe de Chine silk and featuring coconut buttons, this Aloha shirt is ideal for hot weather. The light fabric will make the most out of any breeze, while the fun print is scientifically engineered to make your Navy Grog taste that much better. Authentically Hawaiian, it has a classic fit, camp collar with button loop, and straight hem. An island shirt done right.

Purchase: $70

Bonobos Riviera Short Sleeve Shirt

Cockatoos have never looked as good as they do on this bubble-gum bright shirt from Bonobos. Cut from a pure lightweight cotton, this button down collar Hawaiian shirt fits like a traditional shirt – but looks far from run of the mill. For those who don’t want to worry too much about fabric care after spilling a Mai Tai on themselves, the shirt can be easily machine washed and dried.

Purchase: $88

Faherty SS Hawaiian shirt Pao Pao Bay Print

Featuring coconut buttons, a rayon fabric, and a fun, detailed allover print – this Hawaiian shirt is all you could hope for on a hot summer day. The Rayon fabric gives the shirt a light airy feel, while the more standard collar gives it more of a contemporary look and fit.

Purchase: $90

Aloha Sunday Flora Rayon

Southern California surf and beachwear brand Aloha Sunday takes a decidedly unique route with their Flora Rayon Hawaiian shirt. The pattern is just as excited and different as any other shirt, but the color palette chosen gives it a unique, almost neon look. This paired with a slimmer cut rayon fabric makes the shirt a stand-out option for the guy looking for a floral shirt with a bit of attitude.

Purchase: $136

Outerknown Camp-Collar Printed Shirt

Dubbed “the thinking man’s surf brand” by Mr. Porter, Outerknown has carved out a space for themselves as being just laid back enough. Their camp-collar printed shirt is a great example of that approach. Made from a 100% organic cotton, boasting a pattern inspired in part by Japanese boro, and featuring four pockets on the front of the shirt – it is a decidedly unique yet not all too loud tiki shirt.

Purchase: $145

Stussy Camp-Collar Printed Matte-Satin Shirt

If the look you want to channel is tropical wicker chair cushion from the 1990s, look no further. The fun, faux refined patterning with fine detailing on the leaves wears really well on this camp collar shirt cut from rayon. The contrasting black collar makes the leaves and red background of the shirt pop all the more, making it a great shirt for heading out to the beach or into the bar.

Purchase: $170

Levi’s Vintage Camp Collar Shirt

Cut from a super breathable and lightweight club cotton linen blend, this print shirt from Levi’s has a feel to it that is equal parts tropical and slacker. So, in other words, it is quintessentially Californian. The fabric used to make the shirt is incredibly comfortable – making it a great warm weather pick – while the fun and out there pattern paired with the unique button fastenings make it playful.

Purchase: $175

Hartford Slim-Fit Camp Collar Printed Shirt

The light coloring on the palm fronds and tropical leaves that adorn this Hawaiian shirt from Hartford set it apart from others on the list. It has a bit more of a reserved, relaxed feel to it – one that pairs well with its lightweight and cool cotton construction. The shirt also features a retro camp collar to top off the throwback feel of the entire button up shirt. Pairs well with beers on the beach.

Purchase: $205

AMI Camp-Collar Printed Cotton Shirt

A super lightweight cotton Hawaiian shirt with a nightlife-ready floral print. The black background on the button up paired with the dark green leaves and relaxed fit make it ideal for a night out or for hanging under the shade of a cabana. All of this paired with the camp collar makes this a great shirt for long summer nights.

Purchase: $240

Beams Aloha Camp-Collar Pineapple-Print Shirt

It makes sense that a brand from the other side of the Pacific would have just as fun a time making an Aloha shirt. Japanese brand Beams has turned this touristy shirt cool with big pineapples printed along the entirety of the light rayon fabric. The cut of the shirt is generally looser fitting and features the relaxed open camp collar – making it all the better for enjoying evenings on the beach ironically listening to Hotel California and Margaritaville to the point where you actually begin to love both of those songs but never admit it.

Purchase: $365

Best Men's Summer T-Shirts

Word on the street is, people don’t necessarily always want to look like they’re wearing Tiki drink camo. That seems absurd to us – but if you fall into that category we’ve put together a list of some of the best basic tees for summer wear.

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