How to Dress Hawaiian Style

Written by kathryn hatter
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How to Dress Hawaiian Style
Floral leis are a big part of Hawaiian couture. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Dressing for a Hawaiian vacation is quite simple because the Hawaiian lifestyle is very relaxed and laid back. Comfort is the main goal in the clothing styles and choices of Hawaiians.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hawaiian floral shirt (for men)
  • Shorts or dress trousers (for men)
  • Floral blouses (for women)
  • Shorts, skirts, or dress trousers (for women)
  • Muumuus (for women)
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Floral lei

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    Choose brightly coloured Hawaiian shirts with shorts for men. Leave the Hawaiian shirt untucked. For a slightly more formal attire, trousers would be appropriate. Men never wear ties in Hawaii under any circumstance--period.

  2. 2

    Select pretty floral blouses and dresses for women. Pair the blouses with either shorts, a skirt, or trousers according to your taste and desire. Women also enjoy wearing muumuus for more formal occasions in Hawaii.

  3. 3

    Wear sandals or flip-flops that are easily removed. This is because Hawaiians do not wear shoes inside their homes and so shoes must always be removed and left by the doors when entering a home. Never wear socks with sandals or flip-flops.

  4. 4

    Add a sweet-smelling floral lei if you are attending a special event or going out on the town. There is an almost an infinite variety of leis to choose from. Women's leis generally are made from predominantly flowers and men's leis generally are made more from vines and greenery.

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