Home > About Hawaiian Dresses and Shirts

About Hawaiian Dresses and Shirts

The iconic Hawaiian shirt (aka Aloha shirt) has evolved since they first started appearing in Honolulu in the 1930s. Together, the Hawaiian shirt and Hawaiian dress are instantly recognizable all over the world as symbols of Hawaii and of a relaxed lifestyle and carefree attitude. We want to share with you a few things about the origins of Hawaiian clothing and what's going in the industry today so that you might gain a new appreciation for you new shirt or dress.


hawaiian dresses gallery

Hawaiian Dresses Galleries

Our Hawaiian dresses galleries feature models wearing popular Hawaiian dresses in photoshoots over the years. Some of the dresses that were popular years ago are still just as popular today. It's one thing to see pictures of a Hawaiian dress in the store and quite another thing to see it on a person. It's the next best thing to actually trying them on yourself.
 


hawaiian shirts gallery

Hawaiian Shirts Gallery

Browse our Hawaiian shirts gallery where we have pictures of some of our more popular shirts. Sometimes it is easier to decide what shirt is right for you when you see what it actually looks like on a person.
 


Hawaiian Shirt Shrinkage Test

One of the most common questions we are asked is how much a Hawaiian shirt will shrink after it goes through the washer and dryer. To find out, we decided to run a test on a 100% cotton shirt to see just how much it shrinks after washing, drying, and ironing it in the real world.
 


history of the Hawaiian dress and Hawaiian shirt

History of Hawaiian Shirts and Dresses

Learn about the history of Hawaiian shirts and dresses from the influence of the ancient Hawaiians and the early plantation era to the 1930s to the modern day. From the big screen to the silver screen, from work week to weekends, see how Hawaiian wear has become a part of our pop culture.


hawaiian shirts and dresses photo shoot

Hawaiian Shirts & Dresses Photo Shoot at the Beach

Photo shoots are a lot of fun but the hard part is bringing out the models' real personalities on camera, especially if they haven't worked with each other or the photographer before. Come with us behind the scenes for a day in the life at one of our Aloha wear photo shoots.
 


Made in Hawaii shirts and dresses vs imports

Hawaiian Dresses & Shirts Made in Hawaii vs Imported

Hawaii's aloha wear manufacturers continue to make shirts and dresses in Hawaii despite some of the advantages of outsourcing production overseas. We examine why this is and how local manufacturers work to overcome these challenges.


Hawaiian dress and shirt manufacturing process

How Hawaiian Dresses and Shirts are Made in Hawaii

Did you ever wonder how your nice aloha shirt or dress was made? We visited a local Hawaiian clothing manufacturer to learn about the different steps in the production process.


main types of Hawaiian sihrts

Main Types of Hawaiian Shirts

Although the variety Hawaiian shirts is as colorful and diverse as a rainbow, most shirts can be categorized into several main types. We'll show you the main styles of Hawaiians shirts and teach you some of the terms that are used in the industry.


Hawaiian dresses and shirts and Aloha Friday

Aloha Friday and Aloha Shirts and Dresses

In 1947 city of Honolulu began encouraging people to wear Hawaiian shirts to work from June through August to beat the summer heat. While many people wear aloha wear to work everyday, Friday is the day to wear your favorite.


trends in the Hawaiian clothing industry

Trends in the Hawaiian Clothing Manufacturing Industry

Locally manufactured Hawaiian shirts and dresses once dominated this niche but are now being squeezed by foreign competition. Learn about the past, present, and possible future of this once thriving industry.

 


Customer Hawaiian Shirt Gallery

Browse our Hawaiian shirts gallery where we have pictures of some of our more popular shirts. Sometimes it is easier to decide what shirt is right for you when you see what it actually looks like on a person.

 

 

Return to Hawaiian Dresses & Shirts Home