The once-popular, short-sleeve collared shirt, often in a loud, wacky print, has become a fashionable, sophisticated summer staple. Menswear labels such as Bode, have been making them popular. They’ve been featured in the collections of Mara Hoffman, Casablanca, etc. over the past few seasons. Even though the relaxed silhouette can be disguised under many terms, such as Hawaiian shirt, camp shirt, bowling shirt or Hawaiian shirt, it is universally referred to as summer leisure.
Instagram favorite Tombolo, who staked the ethos of their brand DNA on this idea of the cabana shirt, as they call it, has captivated shoppers with a variety of styles that appeal to both men and women. The founders, Chris Galasso and Michael Sard tell “they are obsessed with the combination between forward-looking creativity and backward-looking nostalgia that a button-down shirt with a button down sleeves offers. These garments have a rich history and are full of beautiful and expressive motifs. They transport the wearer into a better place and time.”
This trend is universally wearable, and can be worn anywhere from the beach to dinner. The oversized silhouette is rooted in menswear and inspires women to balance its conservative masculinity by wearing something more feminine or striking, such as a bralette or miniskirt. It all fits into the lighter summer energy. Hand in hand with the island mentality the shirt champions is the idea of slowing down and appreciating the little things.