The 14 Best Hawaiian Shirts for Men, Tested by Fashion Editors

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Best Overall Hawaiian Shirt

Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Floral Seersucker Shirt

Classic Fit Floral Seersucker Shirt

Pros
  • Works in both formal and casual settings
  • Resists wrinkles for a crisp look
  • Offers a great deal of air circulation
  • Never requires ironing
Cons
  • Not recommended to be machine washed

We tested a ton of Hawaiian shirts in the past year, wearing them to casual outings and tropical destinations alike, but Ralph Lauren’s version totally blew the rest out of the water—no pun intended. The fit is spot-on, not too tight or too loose, and the seeksucker texture is a win for multiple reasons.

For starters, the puckered fabric is always a safe bet for the season, especially on the hottest days, because it enhances airflow to keep you comfortable at all times. The crinkly look has this classic, almost preppy feel to it, so this option looks a bit more put-together than your average Hawaiian shirt. Another big win is that the unique weave of the material helps hide wrinkles. That means you can pack it for a trip and not worry about looking all rumpled.

Whether tucked in or worn out, this classic fit is perfect to throw on when you’re craving those chill vacation vibes. We’ve found that this shirt is casual enough to wear for a sightseeing tour, yet possesses an elegant charm that’s suitable for a formal resort dinner. Style tip: white pleated trousers are the perfect match for it.

Fabric 100% Cotton
Size XS—XXL
Fit Classic

Best Low-Key Hawaiian Shirt

Mango Flowy Floral Print Shirt

Flowy Floral Print Shirt

Pros
  • Smart option for dressier occasions
  • Muted color palette feels chic
  • Looks great layered under a suit
Cons
  • This may not be your first pick, if you prefer a bolder print

Mango’s offering is like the laid-back relative of the Hawaiian shirt family. Instead of playing down the traditional floral pattern, this design still incorporates it in a more subdued style and muted color palette. The advantage with this low-key style: it broadens the shirt’s versatility, meaning you can wear it with all sorts of dress codes, from casual barbecues to beachside weddings (under a suit).

Sometimes, you’ve got those statement pieces that grab everyone’s attention, and then you have the subtle gems that quietly steal the show just as well. The latter is the case for this shirt. We discovered that it shines when worn under a simple linen suit, but also holds its own when teamed with trousers and sandals.

Fabric 100% Viscose
Size S—XL
Fit Regular

Best Budget Hawaiian Shirt

Alimens & Gentle Cotton Regular Fit Short Sleeve Casual Hawaiian Shirt

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Pros
  • Super affordable
  • Stylish design that’s not too overwhelming
  • Comes in over 40+ different patterns
  • Perfect for beach or summer outings
Cons
  • Might be too bright if you like toned-down prints

Amazon is chock full of affordable Hawaiian shirts that aren’t cheaply-made or overwhelming on the eyes, if you know where to look. Start with this style that captures the beauty of island life with ocean waves, palm trees and sailing boats. Our fashion team found that the print is not garish or over-the-top. In fact, we think it strikes the right balance between kitchy and classy. But if this isn’t your vibe, there’s over 40 different picks to choose from.

We found that Amazon’s breezy button-down also makes for a great everyday summer shirt. You can easily pair this option with white trousers to provide a clean, neutral base that complements the print. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s created with broadcloth, which has a tight, even weave and smooth texture, unlike some other fabrics that might feel rough and loose.

Fabric Broadcloth
Size S—6XL
Fit Regular

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Best Modern Print Hawaiian Shirt

Tombolo Sunny Disposition

Sunny Disposition

Pros
  • Boasts a contemporary design that’s chic and stylish
  • Durable feel guarantees long lifespan
  • Flattering collar style
  • Blue piping adds a nice touch
  • Fits true to size
Cons
  • Taller guys may consider the length slightly cropped

Tombolo is known for making premium, artistically designed cabana shirts and resort wear. Most of which are more updated, fashion-forward pieces that you won’t see other guys rock. The same applies for the “Sunny Disposition” Hawaiian shirt that has a plush, high-end feel. Its design is nothing short of stunning, decorated with a meadow of daisies and blue piping that adds a nice finishing touch. You can wear it for a boat soiree or summer garden party.

There’s just something special about a well-made garment that can stand the test of time. That’s how we feel about this modern cut. The fabric is sturdy and can handle whatever you throw its way. In terms of styling, a pair of white pants or shorts can perfectly complement the shirt, balancing its vibrant pattern with a clean look.

Fabric 100% Tencel
Size XS—XXL
Fit Relaxed

Best Authentic Hawaiian Shirt

Fair Harbor The Casablanca Camp Shirt

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Pros
  • Treated with UPF 30 sun protection
  • Wrinkle-resistant saves times from ironing
  • Made with four-way stretch and quick-drying fabric
Cons
  • May have to order one size up if in between sizes

When you’re rocking Fair Harbor’s threads, you’re all set to dive into that coastal scene. That’s why this pick is as authentic as Hawaiian shirts can get. It’s got that sun-kissed glow with a beachy print and cheerful color, which is reminiscent of the palm shirt that Will Sharpe donned in White Lotus.

Here’s the kicker: This fabric is so light we’ve wore it from dawn till dusk, and it’s got some stretch for extra mobility. Contrary to other Hawaiian shirts on this list, this one is treated with UPF 30 protection, which means an extra layer of protection against sunburn (though you still should use sunscreen!). Did we also point out it’s wrinkle-resistant, too? We packed this on a recent vacation and found that the shirt looked as good as new after fishing it out of our suitcase.

Fabric 53% Organic Cotton, 41% Viscose, 6% Elastane
Size S—XXL
Fit Slim

Best Silk Hawaiian Shirt

Banana Republic Lyam Silk Resort Shirt

Lyam Silk Resort Shirt

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Pros
  • Natural shine makes the shirt pop
  • Cozy, luxurious feel on the skin
  • Works for upscale and casual settings
Cons
  • Costly, but you can get a lot of wear out of it

Our fashion editors found that Banana Republic’s silk Hawaiian shirt feels like pampering yourself with a slice of the good life. That’s because the material is incredibly smooth and luxurious, giving you that cozy feeling of being in a fancy hotel bathrobe. Another bonus is its natural shimmer that makes the colors and patterns pop.

We love that this design is not too in-your-face and leans more on the formal side. We suggest wearing it with an equally comfortable pair of dress pants for a dinner-ready look. Beyond that, this shirt also works where the atmosphere is upscale, yet casual like a cocktail party or rooftop social.

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Fabric 100% Silk
Size XS—XXL
Fit Regular

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Best Luxury Hawaiian Shirt

Orlebar Brown Toucan Palm Border Capri Collar Shirt

Toucan Palm Border Capri Collar Shirt

Pros
  • Unique, stylish print
  • Breathable enough to avoid sweat stains
  • Loose fit won’t feel clingy
Cons
  • Most expensive on the list, but it will last for years

The chances of anyone else rocking Orlebar Brown’s Hawaiian shirt are slim to none. Sure, it costs more than most on this list, but this piece packs such a stylish punch that it’s well worth the extra bucks. Looks-wise, the fun palm tree design and bold red-striped trim make it a real standout. It’s perfect for cruising along the Amalfi Coast, or enjoying a festive luau on an island.

We love its loose fit, which falls away from the body, so you’ve got plenty of room to move around without feeling the shirt is hugging you too tight. To top it off, the material is airy linen, which means you’ll remain cool as ice when it’s baking outside.

Fabric 80% Viscose, 20% Linen
Size XS—XXL
Fit Relaxed

Most Comfortable Hawaiian Shirt

Faherty Short-Sleeve Breeze Shirt

Short-Sleeve Breeze Shirt

Pros
  • Produced with ultra-soft tencel lyocell
  • Not overdone with cheesy florals
  • Tailored fit looks pretty sleek
Cons
  • A bit pricey, but this print can be mix and match

Of all the shirts we’ve tested, Faherty’s is hands down the coziest. We love the linen and Tencel Lyocell blend. The latter of which feels pleasantly smooth and holds its shape. Unlike cotton that sometimes feels clammy, this material wicks away moisture, and we found that it kept us nice and dry even in hot temps.

We naturally gravitated toward this option since it stands out from most Hawaiian shirts that are overdone with florals. For that reason, the shirt can fit right into your summer rotation. Our style editors recommend pairing this with black shorts and Birkenstocks. We also love its tailored-but-not-tight fit, which means it’s dressy, but won’t trap heat.

Fabric 54% Linen, 45% LENZING TENCEL Lyocell, 1% Elastane
Size XS—XXL
Fit Slim-Fit

Best Vibrant Hawaiian Shirt

Vilebrequin Bowling Linen Shirt Tahiti Flowers

Bowling Linen Shirt Tahiti Flowers

Pros
  • Chest pocket can store small careholder
  • Universal fit
  • Has matching swim trunks
Cons
  • Not ideal if you’re looking for a slim-fit cut

Check out this Hawaiian shirt—it’s seriously vibrant, bursting with enough color to balance out those neutrals in your summer wardrobe. Bright splashes of pink and orange add a playful touch to flowers in full bloom, resting on a shade of blue that embodies clear ocean waters.

Our fashion team says Vilebrequin’s bowling shirt is like wearing a mini fiesta on your chest, bringing the party wherever you go. We love the boxy, straight-cut fit, which flatters most body types. It looks amazing with a solid color pair of shorts, but we recommend wearing it with the brand’s matching swim trunks.

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Fabric 100% Linen
Size S—XXXL
Fit Boxy

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Best Performance Hawaiian Shirt

Roark Bless Up Breathable Stretch Shirt

Bless Up Breathable Stretch Shirt

Pros
  • Quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabric
  • Four-way blended stretch
  • Lightweight material
Cons
  • May feel a little sporty for a formal event

Believe it or not, some Hawaiian shirts come with performance features, making them super comfy for all your outdoor adventures. Take Roark’s lightweight offering for example. It’s made with a perforated weave and four-way stretch that offers plenty of breathability and allows you to move freely. In other words, this piece is ideal for riding a Citibike or playing volleyball by the ocean. The fabric also wicks away moisture and keeps sweat stains at bay. In fact, Stafford says Roark’s shirt is the fastest drying option on this list.

Fabric 68% Nylon, 32% Polyester
Size S—XXL
Fit Relaxed

Best Cotton-Linen Blend

Todd Snyder Abstract Floral Short Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt

Abstract Floral Short Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt

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Since cotton is softer than linen, the blend of the two creates a fabric that feels smoother and less rough against the skin. That’s why we recommend this thorough upgrade when a plain linen shirt is not merely enough for the most sizzling days of summer. It’s also ultra-breathable, keeping you feeling easy-breezy, while also having the natural texture and drape.

The design features a black and white abstract pattern that doesn’t shout “Hawaiian shirt”, making it perfect to wear to the office or beer hall. Our editors prefer to wear it unbuttoned, layered over a tee and tank for a chill vibe, but wearing it solo won’t hurt either.

Read More: Best Linen Shirts

Fabric 70% Cotton, 30% Linen
Size XS—XXL
Fit Regular

Best Slim-Fit Hawaiian Shirt

Brooks Brothers Cotton Short Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt In Voyager Tropical Print

Cotton Short Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt In Voyager Tropical Print

Thanks to slim tailoring, Brooks Brothers is one of the places to get menswear essentials as well as Hawaiian shirts. Unlike most of the relaxed fits we’ve tested, this option shows off your natural shape in a flattering silhouette, without being tight. The streamlined cut also gives the piece a sharper, cleaner vibe. Pair it with your favorite jeans or dark shorts for a romantic evening or photo-worthy spot to capture some great vacation memories.

Fabric 100% Cotton
Size S—XL
Fit Regular

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Best Cropped Hawaiian Shirt

Abecrombie & Fitch Camp Collar Cropped Silky Shirt

Camp Collar Cropped Silky Shirt

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Still dilly-dallying over whether that Aloha print looks too much? Well, Abercrombie & Fitch has churned out a couple different styles—with cityscapes and scroll designs—in a cropped cut that looks casual enough for your everyday fits, but can still function as summer style flex when the occasion calls for it. We found that the oversized-fit silhouette offers room in the body and arms with bigger builds and biceps.

Fabric 100% Viscose
Size S—XXL
Fit Regular (Cropped)

Best Elevated Hawaiian Shirt

Bugatchi Orson Leaf Print Short Sleeve Shirt

Orson Leaf Print Short Sleeve Shirt

If you want an elevated Hawaiian shirt look you won’t see anyone else in, score this Bugatchi number. We like the curved hem, which looks great untucked. The low-key leaf motif is head-turning, but still sleek. The spread collar adds extra style points. Like a lot of the shirts on this list, it has a stretchy fabric that doesn’t lose its shape, so it looks as great as it performs. Our style team found that its balance of fashion and function means you can wear this all day in the dog days of summer and still look sharp.

Fabric 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex
Size S—3XL
Fit Tapered

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Headshot of Ted Stafford

Ted Stafford is the Fashion Director of Men’s Health. He oversees all style and fashion content for the brand, and also styles their fashion stories. His active lifestyle informs his passion for translating great designs into real-life style, a favorite part of his job. Prior to joining Men’s Health he worked at GQ magazine and Calvin Klein

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