Tropical Shirts aren’t Just for Party Animals Anymore

It’s about style as much as comfort.

Homer Simpson was wrong about Hawaiian shirts. They’re for everyone.Shutterstock

When you’re on vacation, wearing a bright tropical shirt is practically expected. But it’s not just because earth tones are for the office. Tropical shirts were created to be comfortable in day-to-day island life, where the heat and humidity can make even the most languid schedule feel arduous. Here’s what to look for, when you want to be comfortable on your getaway.

You’re Here to Party

Tommy Bahama Men's Digital Palms ShirtAmazon

Breathable material, like silk or cotton, should be at the top of your list. By letting heat and moisture out, a tropical shirt makes it more comfortable to be active and to be in the sun without needing a hydration backpack. It also feels good on your skin, which is a nice bonus.

From the Bag to the Beach

Van Heusen Men's Air Tropical Short Sleeve Button DownAmazon

Also important is care. You probably don’t want to spend much time on a long vacation doing laundry, let alone caring for a delicate garment or sending out dry cleaning. Wash-and-wear and non-iron design will let you just take your shirt off the hanger and get down to the far more important business of relaxing.

A Look of Your Own

28 Palms Men's Standard-Fit Tropical Hawaiian ShirtAmazon

But don’t ignore style and fit, either. While the classic tropical shirt has tended to fit loosely, and stuck to classic patterns, there’s a whole host of shirts that fit in different ways in patterns that fit your individual style. After all, when you go on vacation, it’s about relaxing and dressing the way you want.