Fashion Travel

Tiki Nights

There’s something special about being able to escape real life and visit an tropical island oasis. I was lucky enough to travel to the beautiful Four Seasons Maui for the last week and experience the escape lifestyle myself. When on island time, I had the ability to drink lots of pineapple filled drinks, visit active volcanoes and most importantly, I got to attend an authentic luau. That’s right, we’re talking fire spinning, hula hip shaking and getting a taste of the Hawaiian history that has been around for hundreds of years.

While most guys can’t wait to break out their cheesy Hawaiian shirts to rock to this occasion, I sought a different outfit choice. Not to forego the care-free feel of those floral get-ups, I still wanted my look to work for me into the long Maui night. My three tips for feeling your Hawaiian vacation self at a luau are quite simple. Try to keep up!:

  1. Go light: The sun set right about 7pm each day of our trip and while it is island weather, the heat is definitely still there. I chose this awesome short sleeve button up from Mizzen + Main that features four-way stretch, moisture-wicking, machine washable, and wrinkle resistant fabric. Now you can indulge on the delicious Hawaiian feast and not sweat it!
  2. Do it in denim: White denim that is. You’ll thank me later when you smartly march past the army of cargo short wearing newbies who wanted to air things out without thinking twice. Grab a pair of my favorite white jeans and enjoy incredibly soft feel and easy everyday versatility. Plus the white color of the denim will block out the rays and keep you looking great after dark.
  3. Slip and slide onto the dance floor: When they ask for volunteers to learn to dance on stage, walk on up with confidence. No sir, no plastic sandals for you, you’re a man who knows his style. Take a lesson from me, these slip ons are the perfect footwear for your luau evening out. My pick has a creamy suede exterior that enriches the laid-back slip-on built with twin elastic gores for an ideal fit. Plus, when you need to slip them off to boogie, the shoes will do the work for you.

More to come on my dream vacation to this island paradise, but all the tips above are definitely applicable for the rest of your summer fetes abroad or at home. Go on, hula boy.

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