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Our Picks for Best Hawaiian Shirts for Men

Here are some great choices to feel relaxed while wearing, whether you’re beachside or not

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October 14, 2021
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You’ll be all smiles with the right Hawaiian shirt. Pexels

Magnum’s Tom Selleck sleuthed in them. Beach Boys Guru Brian Wilson crooned in them. Mr. “Margaritaville” himself, Jimmy Buffett, likely even slept in them. Even Barry – you know him as Barack – Obama used to rock a Hawaiian shirt every now and then growing up in his home state. Here are our favorite Hawaiian shirts for men.

Amazon Brand - Goodthreads Men's Standard-Fit Short-Sleeve Printed Poplin Shirt

Subtle taper

It comes in more than two dozen patterns, with a stylish box-pleated back yoke. Goodthreads Store

Who says your shirt has to hang on you like the mast you’re sailing under? This all-cotton button-down offers plenty of room in the chest, but tapers through the waist for a stylish look. Manufactured to provide that broken-in feeling on first fit, it runs a little longer than most Hawaiian shirts – perfect for those with long torsos.

VATPAVE Mens Floral Hawaiian Shirts Short Sleeve Button Down Beach Shirts

Sailor’s delight

For those preferring an earth tone base, this two-ply cotton-viscose shirt just looks and feels like a sunburst. VATPAVE

The ingrained and subtle flower prints add a novel and unexpected element to the typical Hawaiian shirt’s style. This is a shirt that’s fit for a fiesta, luau, or even a low country boil. It’s a stylish fit, too, so if you want to achieve that hang off the shoulders look, think about going up a size. Especially since it is likely to shrink ever-so-slightly upon its first wash and dry.

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Alimens & Gentle 100% Cotton Regular Fit Short Sleeve Casual Hawaiian Shirt for Men

Colors and combinations

The fabric is wrinkle-free, so washing it either by hand or on gentle cycle in the machine is a breeze. Alimens & Gentle

Want to stand out in vibrant color? Slip on one of these Alimens broadcloth shirts and radiate among your surroundings. Pure premium cotton keeps you airy instead of sweaty, helping to assure that the lasting impression you leave will only be from the splashy color and print. Fits true to size.

JOGAL Men's Flower Casual Button Down Short Sleeve Hawaiian Shirt

Statement maker

Features a spread collar and detailed prints. It shrinks a bit upon first wash, so buy a size up if you’re in between or prefer a loose fit. JOGAL

Another choice from brighter-than-the-sun collection, Jogal’s luminous shirt is a 70/30 cotton/viscose mix that feels as cool as it looks. If you want to be a statement maker, these shirts enter a room as if making an announcement that it’s cocktail time. Even if it’s not, you can’t help feeling an island vibe in this top.

Men's Bright Hawaiian Shirts for Spring Break and Summer - Horizontal Stretch Aloha Shirt for Guys

Go big and go bold

The cotton/rayon material creates a functional softness that belies a nice tailored shirt, and it looks good on any body type. Hawaiian

Rubber ducks on a Hawaiian shirt? Why not – it’s all about an attitude, and these stretch Aloha shirts from Tipsy Elves embody that carefree style. The shirts include a wide assortment of elaborate designs and attitudinal statements, fitting anything from a Memorial Day barbecue to a Mardi Gras celebration. We recommend the Toucan Tango Blue for a look reminiscent of the oceanic ambiance associated with Hawaiian style.

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S. Ruxton is a contributing writer to Islands, an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff. A former baseball writer, S. Ruxton loves to revisit the smaller Gulf towns of Clearwater, Dunedin, and Bradenton. Historic Winter Park is also a favorite destination.

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