The Zoe Report

This “Ugly” Shirt Is Incredibly Cool Again

Summer is ushering in a handful of trends that seem slightly off-kilter for the fashion girl, toeing the line of stylish and sardonic. It’s that whole ironic look where something typically considered a faux pas is suddenly the chicest add to your wardrobe. In the shirting department, that equates to the Hawaiian shirt.

A new wave of cool, short-sleeve button downs printed with palm leaves, birds-of-paradise and surfer motifs are the exotic look du jour. Yes, you’ve witnessed similar versions donned by your favorite Trader Joe’s employees and probably squealed at your dad’s assortment on vacation, but thanks to designers like Gucci, Michael Kors and No. 21, tropical prints are major for summer and rendered chic in shirt form whether it’s a tie-front style, boxy crop or flowy oversized fit.

Try one with low-slung trousers or denim cut-offs or go bold by teaming one with a coordinating Bermuda short for a surfs up effect.

Here, 12 styles to shop now for every budget.

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