If you’ve been catching my recent posts on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I’m having a lot of fun with the “aloha style” here. While style in Hawaii isn’t all that different than the rest of the US, we are on an island where most people are vacationing, so I’ve noticed some different trends.
Today I wanted to share typical Hawaiian fashion for summer and some of my recent finds since I’ve been here.
Tie Dye Dresses
You thought tie dye was just for the ’60s, huh? I see so much tie dye here.
Here is a super soft cotton tie dye cover up I got on the North Shore at a little tourist trap stand. It’s so easy to wear. Seriously, this cover up is like a publicly appropriate nightgown. I basically wear it everywhere, because why not? #noshame
It’s a little hard to see, but this dress has slits on either side and the front is a little shorter than the rest. The flow at the bottom is really fun.
These are the more typical tie dye dresses that you see though. They are often ombre in pastel colors.
I loved the colors of this one! This is what I wore to on our anniversary date last week. Also note my new purse – gah, in love! But I’ll talk more about that in another post 😉
If you’re in Hawaii, I got this at an ABC stores of all places (kind of like a small corner/everything store). I can’t find the same one online right now but this one is very similar.
Leis & Flowers in your Hair
It is 100% appropriate to be wearing a lei and/or flower or fake flower hair clip in your hair at all times. Trust me.
I felt like such a tourist when I got a flower hair clip, but I actually throw it in my hair all the time. It feels like a totally normal and not obnoxious or like a touristy accessory now.
I see very very few jean shorts here. The only people wearing them are tourists. Why do we not wear jean shorts in Hawaii? They don’t hold up at the beach. The second denim gets wet, it’s heavy and doesn’t dry quickly at all.
Simple lightweight cotton shorts in a fun pattern are all I see now. They’re so much more comfortable than jean shorts to me too. Board shorts are also a great alternative to denim but don’t seem to be as “trendy” right now as printed ones like above.
Aloha, Hawaii, & Pineapple Stuff
I also felt so touristy buying my now-favorite pineapple shirt, but the “aloha lifestyle” is fully embraced here. You are actually still cool if you wear a shirt that says Aloha in Hawaii.
Tank from Island Sole – $32, comes in black too
HI shirt with Hawiian Islands, in mint of course – got from local shop for $15
I don’t actually have anything that says “Aloha” on it yet though, so I better fix that soon to fit in 😉
Leather & Fabric Top Slippers
Slippers are what they call flip flops here. Regular rubber flip flops are not very popular here since people wear them 24/7. They wear out too quickly. I came here wearing an old pair and literally wore a hole through them in just a few weeks.
Nice slippers made from not just rubber are where it’s at. Lately I’m rocking my TOM’s leather and Sanuk slippers.
TOM’s Cork Glitz Solana Flip Flops, $39
Sanuk Yoga Slings in Hawaii Exclusive Pineapple Print, $40
I have walked miles in both of these and they’re much better than a cheap flip flop. Birkenstocks are also pretty big here. I think that will be my next sandal purchase for sure.
Other things in style but not pictured are:
- just walking down the street in a bikini (I see it ALL the time). I would personally never do this, but it doesn’t seem socially unacceptable to walk around or even go in a grocery store (if it’s near the beach anyway) in just your bikini!
- Rompers. I don’t have one of these yet mostly because I could only find ones that my entire butt hangs out of. I am seeing a lot of butt lately. Do they make non-butt hanging out rompers? Someone please help me find them.
- Sarong wrap dresses, either as a skirt or knee-length dress, and not just at the beach.
- Aviators are all the rage! Although I don’t find them all that beach friendly since sunscreen on your hands easily discolors the lenses of most aviator style sunglasses.
I really enjoy Hawaii style so far because it’s so casual. The last time I really tried to “get into” fashion was when I was working in Boston. I never really felt like business clothes were my style though, so it felt constricting.
I feel that Hawaiian style, easy-to-wear, beach friendly, and comfy clothes are definitely more my style!
Questions for You:
- If you could have any fashion style or trend in the world, what would it be?
- What’s a new or interesting trend you’re seeing near you lately?