Main Styles of Hawaiian Shirts

by Scott Murakami December 12, 2013

Hawaiian shirts come in a rainbow of different color and prints. But did you know that most shirts fall into one of just a handful of categories? Here are the main types of Hawaiian shirts.

all over print Hawaiian shirtAll-Over Print Shirts

This is the most common of all the Hawaiian shirt types. The all-over print shirts are characterized by a repeating print the appears all over the shirt in a uniform manner. They can be worn tucked in or out, depending on your preference and situation. These shirts typically do not form a seamless image at the buttons.

 

 

scenic print Hawaiian shirtScenic Print Shirts

The scenic print shirts are usually a subset of the all-over print. Rather than a floral print, the scenic prints depict tropical scenery such as mountains reaching the sea or trees on a beach. Like the all-over print, these design elements are relatively small and repeat all over the shirt without an obvious pattern. These shirts typically do not form a seamless image at the buttons. 

 

 

panel print Hawaiian shirtsPanel Shirts

Panel print shirts have design elements that are laid out in vertical columns or panels, usually consisting of flowers or leaves. Like the all-over print shirts, the design of the panel shirts repeat. However, unlike the all-over prints, the panels prints appear to repeat in a more organized manner, typically horizontally. These shirts typically do not form a seamless image at the buttons but they do more often than the scenic and all-over prints. 

 

border print Hawaiian shirtBorder Print Shirts

Border print shirts have designs that go across the front and back of the shirt. Unlike the all-over prints, which have small designs, the border prints have larger designs that range in size from 10-12 inches. Many border designs usually contain a large scenic image while others may have just a simple design going across the chest. If they image flows to the bottom of the shirt, these shirts are sometimes referred to as Bottom Design shirts. If the border shirt has a bottom design, it is best to wear it untucked. Tucking in such a shirt would be like covering up the bottom of a painting. Border print shirts, especially the bottom design variety, usually form an uninterupted seam at the buttons. These shirts cost more than all-over print and panel shirts because they require a little bit more fabric to make and more skill. 

engineered print Hawaiian shirtEngineered Print Shirts

Engineered print shirts look very much like border print and bottom design shirts because they contain large image design elements. However these designs are wider than the border shirts at 15-18 inches. Because of the size of these designs, the shirts do not appear to have any repeating patterns and look like a giant picture on the shirt. Engineered shirts are usually worn untucked in order to show off the entire shirt design. Because of the size of the prints, engineered shirts require the most fabric to make and also require the most precision and skill. 




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