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I was checking some sales out at the mall here and saw this shirt on sale for ~$30 or so. I realize aloha shirts aren't really in right now and tend to be considered tacky outside of summer/places with a tropical climate, but is wearing one considered a huge fashion faux pas? I think something like that shirt could look good with some linen pants or khakis on a hot day/evening out, but I've heard such mixed opinions on what kind of statement that would make. I've got a little thing for aloha/camp shirts and I've wanted to add one to my wardrobe; would buying that be a big mistake?
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Who cares whether Hawaiian shirts are "in right now"? They are a fashion or, depending on your taste, a non-fashion classic and defy all the rules of "good taste" as well as all the rules of being "in" or "out". When are they in? When Dolce & Gabbana build the whole collection around that theme? I suppose they should be vintage and come from a local thrift shop and not from Abercrombie & Fitch. Alternatively have a look on eBay. I just checked and came up with over 2500 Hawaiian shirts. Most of them you should get for under $ 10.00 so get yourself a little collection. Don't forget with your shirt and your linen trousers that other American summer classic "Dirty Bucks" (sounds like an anti-capitalist song) to complete the picture. Apropos American summer classic, what happened to the shirt that Brooks Brothers used to call a "fun-shirt"? You know, a shirt where every part is cut from another fabric in a different color, usually striped. Brooks Brothers don't have it currently in their collection, nor has Ralph Lauren.
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I read somewhere that Hawaiian shirts only work if you're the type of person who nobody expects would wear a Hawaiian shirt, i.e., someone who generally dresses in a conservative and understated manner.  That seems like a pretty good rule of thumb to me.
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Try it and see if you can pull off the look, i.e. the "so tacky/out it's cool" kind of look. I do this all the time (loud shirt, loud tie, etc.) since my friends know I'm a bit of a nut, plus it's a great conversation piece (usually it's "hey, that's an interesting shirt" or "you know, ties aren't required in the office" Like BengalS mentions, I'd go for something a little unique/hard to find - there's nothing worse than seeing someone else walking around in the same shirt you thought nobody else would be caught dead in. Etro made a nice "fun shirt" this past season (S/S), it was a mix of paisleys and stripes. Actually alot of their shirts this past season could be considered kind of out there. I didn't much like the candy stripe look myself. Tommy Bahama has the conservative island look down cold. Their silks are OK and not too pricey either.
post #5 of 7
You could also keep an eye out for more conservative-type camp shirts without the loud hawaiian patterns. I own quite a few of these. There are some out there with embroidery on the front, usually of palm trees or tropical flowers. Then there are vintage inspired ones. The camp collar was popular in 50's and early '60s clothes and got blown way out of proportion in the '70s. Vintage clothing stores usually have a fair share of them. I like camp collar shirts as casual type dress. You have a more relaxed apperance but its still dressy enough, especially with more conservative patterns. Plus, they have that cool '50s vibe
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It feels good to bump a 7-1/2 year old thread.

It's also a cliche to ask about something James Bond wore...



I've always liked that shirt. Probably looks better on Connery than most of us though.

Would this be considered a camp shirt? Anyone know who might make something like this?
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Originally Posted by khakijeans View Post
It feels good to bump a 7-1/2 year old thread.

It's also a cliche to ask about something James Bond wore...



I've always liked that shirt. Probably looks better on Connery than most of us though.

Would this be considered a camp shirt? Anyone know who might make something like this?

I have an exact replica by Armani Collezioni which came out in 2008 and went for $265.
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