30 thoughts on “what goes into picking a good Hawaiian shirt?

  1. Anonymous says:

    1. Authenticity
    if it’s not Hawaiian-made, it’s not an Aloha shirt, period.

    2. Material
    100% cotton, silk, barkcloth, rayon (if it’s vintage and you really like it)

    3. Theme
    this ties somewhat in with the first one.
    ones with surfboards and cocktails and cars on them can be authentic in manufacture, but they are worn exclusively by tourists/non islanders.
    ones with the ubiquitous hibiscus flower or other florals, and geometric patterns are considered more legitimate.
    there are exceptions, like the Japanese/Chinese-inspired silk Aloha shirts are very prized, despite not being very Hawaiian
    you want a generous, relaxed fit, befitting Hawaii’s generous and relaxed nature.

    • Anonymous says:

      >if it’s not Hawaiian-made, it’s not an Aloha shirt, period.
      This is like saying "if it isn’t made in Japan, it’s not sushi". So no, this doesn’t matter but yes most good brands are made in Hawaii.

      Also add coconut shell buttons to the list of desirable features. Some brands I like (I have a big collection)
      Kona Bay

      Seek classic patterns. Some designers like Kona Bay reproduce vintage patterns for new stock which is cool.

      • Anonymous says:

        the heck does "Authenticity" mean to you, stupid?
        you don’t get to call fake shit authentic just because you hecking like it.
        if it’s not from Hawaii, it’s not hecking Hawaiian, it’s just a hecking shirt.

        the first rule of quality will always be Authenticity, cunt.

        • Anonymous says:

          You’re a dumb moron taken in by sales tactics. It doesn’t matter where something was made if the finished piece if the same in all regards. I bet you think parmesan can only be made in Italy too, good consumer.
          Aloha shirts can be made anywhere as they are a style of shirt. A tshirt made in hawaii is not an aloha shirt. An aloha shirt made in china is an aloha shirt, despite what the dipshit hawaiian people try desperately to have you believe (for their own benefit).

          • Anonymous says:

            buy your plastic j crew shirt with martinis and flamingos on it and heck off, OP wanted advice on how to buy good Hawaiian shirts, and I will reiterate for the stupids in the back row:

            HAWAIIAN-MADE OR heck OFF.

          • Anonymous says:

            sorry but you’re wrong
            parmesan can only be made in italy.
            aloha shirts can only be made in hawaii

            i don’t want some dumb chink bug (like you, probably) to profit from plagiarizing art.

          • Anonymous says:

            parmesan can actually only be made in italy, only 8 provinces to be specific

    • Anonymous says:

      think by authentic Hawaii this poster means art made by local/Hawaii based artists.

      Also idk how their quality has changed or if they’re still around but Reyn spooner and Tori Richards were the “fanicer” aloha wear brands.

  2. Anonymous says:

    the japs make some pretty sweet Hawaiian shirts. Check out sun surf and their sister brands.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve realized I have basic b***h office style (I’m 31) but was considering just dressing like Thomas Magnum. Is this a good idea?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like getting patterns that line up on the front, has to be made from either silk or linen or a decent blend using one of those 2.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Any aloha shirt autists know what manufacturer/label etc made the “bamboo forest” brand for Sears (ca 2010-2015). They did more Asian inspired prints/designs…. Often using cherry blossoms and Chinese characters.
    I know that bamboo forest was a Sears “brand” and they just relabeled it for Sears.

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