Retro fix–New shirts help you dress for success, Aloha style

Back in the 1990s when the dot-com revolution took off, it was difficult to find a telecom, Internet, or other tech start-up business that didn’t have a CEO at the helm who drove us all to accept Hawaiian shirt Fridays as the new norm.  I still have a closet full of Hawaiian shirts (historically, “Aloha” shirts, a fashion that dates back to the 1920s, popularized in the 1930s).  With this crazy 2020, why not resurrect the fad again?  We spotted three online outlets ready to answer the call.  One hails from the family of one of your all-time favorite comedians, another is a throwback to all things good and Hawaiian, and the third is where Magnum shops today.  This will have you pulling out your Israel Kamakawiwoʻole or Don Ho albums and re-start your next Magnum, p.i. or Hawaii Five-O binge.  Make no mistake, despite recent fringe elements trying to usurp this traditional Friday garb and 50th state trademark wear for their own political ends, Hawaiian shirts don’t go with guns or camouflage (see instead #HawaiianshirtsforPeace).

First up, let’s check out the William Murray Golf Collection.  Who’s William Murray?  Oh, that William, er, Bill Murray.  Nice!  Hey, this guy has nice tastes, right?  It’s not just the Chicago Cubs and Caddyshack we can love this guy for.  Bill Murray is all over the laid back look.  You can check out his Hawaiian shirts, plus other clothes and hats at the Murray Brothers’ website here.

This next online store has so many great Genre Character Hawaiian Shirts like those seen on your favorite (and not so favorite) characters in film and TV, you’ll probably want them all. has nearly everything.  Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H, Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown in Back to the Future, Wayne Knight’s Nedry in Jurassic Park, Denzel Washington in Out of Time, Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Al Pacino as Scarface, Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson, Robert DeNiro in Cape Fear, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo, Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona, David Harbour’s Jim Hopper and Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven in Stranger Things, classic Elvis Presley shirt designs, and, of course, several featuring Tom Selleck in Magnum, p.i.

If you’re really into Magnum, p.i., you can order shirts like those worn by Tom Selleck in the original series or Jay Hernandez in the current series, available here at Aloha Fun Wear, the store that was the source for some of the wardrobe for the new series.

So do, or do not (there is no “try”).  Pull those shirts out for your next Zoom call or check out one of these new offerings, or search around the web for some Aloha shirts worn by actors that have yet to be spotted.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg

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