Speed read: Hawaiian shirts will give you that tropical feeling
23:04 GMT, 18 April 2012
Once the preserve of camera-toting, sandal-wearing American tourists, the Hawaiian shirt has captured the imagination of top fashion houses.
Prada has long been a fan of tropical prints and now Stella McCartney, Riccardo Tisci and Peter Pilotto have championed the summery shirt.
The ‘aloha shirt’ was created in Hawaii in the Thirties when a Chinese merchant made shirts from old kimono cloth.
Fashion trend: Tropical prints have made a return to the catwalk this summer
The style was exported in the Fifties and became iconic after Elvis wore one on the Blue Hawaii album cover. This summer they are back — and are as bold as ever!
The year ‘aloha Fridays’ were sanctioned in Hawaii allowing employees to wear Hawaiian shirts to work
HOW TO WEAR
Exercise extreme caution with a shirt of this calibre. Team with plain, neutral coloured trousers, shorts or skirts.
Light cotton is by far the best, and most authentic, material.
The traditional look is with a collar and short sleeves, but sleeveless is fine, too.
Leave the necklace at home: this look needs no other adornments.SHOPPING LIST
Elvis wore a Hawiaan shirt on the Blue Hawaii album cover (left) and Viyella Hawaiian print blouse, 80, johnlewis.com
Tropical shirt, 20.80, wallis.co.uk, Floral sleeveless shirt, 36, topshop.com
Lulu & Co silk t-shirt, 170, liberty.co.uk, Krizia Poi Vintage, 104, farfetch.com