Shop For The Best Hawaiian Shirt
A Hawaiian shirt is a critical aspect of any Parrothead's wardrobe. Whether you're tailgating a summer concert, heading on a tropical vacation or just relaxing on your porch with a frosty margarita, donning some island attire is always a good idea.
If you're looking to upgrade your Parrothead closet or investing in your first ever tropical shirt, here are a few things you should know to find the perfect Hawaiian shirt that's equal parts authentic and fun.
Don't Worry About Looking Like a Tourist - That's the Point
While most Parrotheads don't mind, some people feel uncomfortable wearing Hawaiian shirts out of fear that they'll look like tourists, especially if they're on vacation. But Hawaiian shirts were originally designed as souvenirs, like photos of Hawaii that tourists could wear.
Hawaiian shirts were first made in the 1930s from kimono-like fabric. They became popular after World War II as military members brought them back to the mainland U.S. From there, their popularity has spread.
Whether or not someone wearing a Hawaiian shirt has been to the 50th state, it still represents the same vibe of a tropical paradise that it was designed to do 80 years ago.
Think About Material
Hawaiian shirts are no longer made of kimono material. Now there are an array of options that you can experience to find the style and feel that will help you relax and enjoy your own paradise.
Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics because it breathes well. Synthetic fibers can give you a different look, fit or style,but they don't work too well if the outdoor temperature is high. Silk and its inexpensive equivalent rayon are also popular Hawaiian shirt options. They are breathable, light and comfortable.
Other factors to consider when buying the shirt are the button styles and materials, the collar size, tags, pockets and overall fit.
"What good is a Hawaiian shirt without a tropical cocktail?"
Find a Pattern That Suits You
When it comes to Hawaiian shirts, the most important aspect is the pattern. The classic design is all over the shirt, but there are styles that include scenes, patterned sleeves or borders. Additionally, you'll need to choose the content - do you want want simple mild-colored flowers or a bright scene with ocean animals?
When in doubt, go with a basic pattern that include trees, flowers or designs and covers the whole shirt. This is a good classic design for your wardrobe. From there you can go for something more bold and exciting. Many companies sell Hawaiian shirts nowadays, whether in Hawaii, the mainland U.S. or online. You can find funny shirts or business casual options, so make sure you do your research and look around.
Pair it with a Tropical Drink
What good is a Hawaiian shirt without a tropical frozen cocktail to go along with it? Use your frozen concoction maker to blend an icy cocktail with coconut, pineapple and other fruits that will make your feel like you're in Hawaii.
Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.