There are only a handful of American men who could really pull off a Hawaiian shirt.
Magnum P.I., naturally. Luau Don Draper. Elvis. And Mark Harmon in "Summer School."
For the rest of us, it’s better to stick with the camp collar shirt, that laid-back, beach-casual short sleeve number with the angle-cut collar and wide lapels that serves as the aloha shirt’s cooler, quieter cousin.
They’re perfect for summer, whether you’re keeping your hands busy with a Mai Tai at the grill or lounging with some friends at your lake house. Probably with a Mai Tai there, too.
With these rousing summer thoughts in mind, here are 10 stylish options for donning such a garment, from the subtle and lightly shaded to shirts that don't skimp on the fish and bear patterns.
Hey, you’re still allowed to live a little.
This classic rayon number has the laid-back, straightforward look that works wonders poolside by day and attracts all the necessary attention at the pool hall by night. Club Monaco, $98.50
This relaxed-fit camp shirt tells the world you’re a hassle-free person who might enjoy drinks with umbrellas in them and can probably fake a little salsa dancing when necessary. Bonobos, $88
Seersucker. It’s Southern for "never let them see you sweat." We used Google Translate to better understand this orange tonal-striped, Pennsylvania-sewn shirt. Gitman Vintage, $143
Summertime... and the linen's easy. Not the words? Eh, you’ll survive the distressing faux pas as long as you’ve got this breezy, wrinkle-resistant light purple linen shirt on. Tommy Bahama, $115
It’s an understated patchwork shirt with a lightly frayed texture. And it’s looking for a body a lot like yours that can occupy it for the summer. And maybe beyond, if things go right. Folk, $170
This yarn-dyed, four-pocket beauty was hand-spun in the Indian state of Gujarat by a person you’ll never meet. Nonetheless, they believe in you looking good in all situations. Wittmore, $145
This Billy Reid camp shirt has a lot going for it: Portuguese cotton. Horn buttons. Garfish motif. Two hip pockets that look accommodating to a hip flask. Or two hip flasks. Billy Reid, $125
If you’re ever going to wear a camp shirt with cacti all over it, we feel strongly that this loose, brushed cotton one designed by artist Nathaniel Russell should be that shirt. Mollusk Surf Shop, $88
We can’t confirm that Filson’s ursine-patterned, mid-weight cotton shirt prevents bear attacks when you’re camping. Feel free to try it out for yourself and let us know later, from a distance, though. Filson, $95
Who spends nearly $1,200 on a black silk camp shirt with barely detectable leopard-jacquard print? We don’t know. Charlie Sheen? Sure, and anyone else interested in how Saint Laurent puts its celebrated rock star spin on beach casual. Saint Laurent, $1,190