This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
Hawaiian shirts and large tropical prints were ubiquitous on the spring runways. But how do you wear them without looking like you’re headed to the surf shack? We’ll highlight two ways to wear these eye-catching prints to make sure you’re not mistaken for Magnum PI–era Tom Selleck. Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton paired his Hawaiian shirt with a classic trench and navy pants to ground the look. Sometimes you’ll want to go bold with a floral print and wear it with color, as Paul Smith did with these magenta trousers. The shirt is far from a traditional floral print; it features sea life, including coral and fish. The bright accessories and green shoes are ready to go in any tropical locale.
Paul Smith cotton shirt, $350, cotton wool trousers, $595, available at Paul Smith in New York, +1 646 613 3060, paulsmith.com
Louis Vuitton trench coat, $3,350, printed shirt, $2,000, double-pleated pants, $825, available at Louis Vuitton in New York, +1 212 274 9090, louisvuitton.com