Maui Wowie: 15 Hawaiian Shirts You’ll Actually Want to Wear

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Although they have been in existence for more than 80 years, Aloha shirts –aka Hawaiian shirts – seem to almost always have had a bit of a bad fashion rap when worn outside of their Pacific Island birthplace and homeland. Usually bold and abloom with prints to reflect the vegetation of their native Polynesia, these tropical tops often have been associated with clueless, badly dressed tourist types, obnoxiously loud frat boys and/or surfers and, unfortunately, one of the world’s most infamous celebrity mug shots. But when designed and worn right they can add a bit of effortless summer élan to the outfit of even the most dyed-in-the-wool urban gentleman.

Designers and brands have realized this of late and their new modern takes on these iconic – and they are iconic like it or not – shirts tend to tone down the in-your-face aspects with darker colors and motifs that are slightly more subtle than those sported by, say, Jeff Spicoli or pet detective Ace Ventura. Offered in quality fabrics and slimmer silhouettes, these updated versions show that the time indeed has come to say “aloha” (goodbye) to previously tacky models and add another “aloha” (hello) to stylish latter-day ones.

Here are 15 of our current favorite Hawaiian shirts worth considering to Waikiki up your wardrobe a bit in 2017 – even if you reside in Wisconsin or Walla Walla…

FLYING FISH SHIRT IN ORANGE BY AVANTI DESIGNS $79

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

MURPHY S/S SHIRT BY BILLY REID $195

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

THE HIGH WATER – BIRD OF PARADISE IN BLACK BY CALIFORNIA COWBOY $135

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

RAYON HAWAIIAN SHIRT – ETERNAL WHITE REEF BY FAHERTY $158

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

RAYON HAWAIIAN SHIRT – TAHITIAN DREAMS BY FAHERTY $158

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

MR. BLOOMBASTIC BY KENNY FLOWERS $70

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

THE ISLAND DIAMONDS – JUNGLE BY KENNY FLOWERS $65

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

DILLON SHIRT HAWAII BLUE BY KRAMMER & STOUDT $250

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

MOAMAHI IN NAVY BY REYN SPOONER $98

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

TONGAREVA IN NAVY BY REYN SPOONER $98

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

BLACK POINTS SPORTS FIT SHIRT IN SNOW BY RODD & GUNN $128

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

CANTY LOTUS SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT BY SATURDAYS NYC $175

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

ESQUINA BUTTON DOWN PETALS SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT BY SATURDAYS NYC $160

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

SHORT SLEEVE NAVY FLORAL CONVERTIBLE COLLAR SHIRT BY TODD SNYDER $148

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017

NEVIN HAWAII SHIRT BY WESC $158

Hawaiian Shirts You Want to Wear 2017