shirts are coming back in style this summer.
bright button-downs are bringing a barrage of
multicolored style this summer to the otherwise drab
world of summertime khakis.
— also called Hawaiian — shirts are the epitome of
this summer’s fancy florals in menswear. But the 2016
version is more fitted and meant to be worn with
skinnier jeans and tapered khakis.
DOES IT COME FROM?
in the 1920s, Hawaiian tailors started making bright,
floral-print button-downs for tourists eager to take a
bit of the island’s tropical flavors back home.
graduate and native Hawaiian Ellery J. Chun turned the
shirts into a big business when he named them Aloha
shirts and began mass- producing them. Aloha shirts
entered the greater fashion lexicon when President Harry
S Truman was photographed for the 1951 cover of Life
magazine wearing a slightly wrinkled blue-printed
version, and Elvis Presley coolly donned a red-and-white
one in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii. Frank Sinatra,
Montgomery Cliff, and Bob Hope were also famous
Aloha-shirt- wearing guys of the 1950s.
the 1970s, hippies were drawn to the Aloha shirt’s
easy-breezy personality, and celebrities — think
Robert Reed as Mike Brady, and the Jackson 5 — kept
them hip. In the 1980s, Uncle Jesse on Full House was an
Aloha-shirt aficionado, as was Tom Selleck in Magnum PI.
(One of Selleck’s has a permanent home in the
crazy-patterned top enjoyed a break from the 1990s
through the aughts. Last year, however, menswear
runways, from Saint Laurent to Marc Jacobs, reintroduced
the flashy button-down. And this summer, brands from
Tommy Bahama to Urban Outfitters are offering additional
versions of the flowery classic.
can count the macho silver screeners Matt Damon, Justin
Beiber and Harry Styles.
YOU WEAR ONE?
shirts are neither for the faint of heart or the fashion
unsure. That said, if a print moves you, go for it. But
don’t attempt to mix it with a pair of plaid shorts.