Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Six ways to wear a Hawaiian shirt for Songkran

You either love it or hate it, but it's back again:

That wild, wet Thailand holiday known as Songkran. 

Kids: Good targets. Small but slow-moving 

What started as a gentle bathing of elders' hands has turned into an all-out, country-consuming, three-day water fight.
The school hand-bathing ceremony a few years ago.
Us farangs have two choices: Stay inside for three days, or throw on our Hawaiian shirts and join the fun.

That's what we're planning to do tomorrow night, when we head over to the infamous Silom Road, which has been closed down so people can get crazy with their squirt guns. 

But everywhere I go, I see people wearing their floral-print shirts the exact same way.
  • Buttoned! 
  • Boring! 
  • Same same! 
So here's a few ways you can wear your Songkran uniform for the holiday. We're keeping in mind that it will be blazingly hot and incredibly humid, so we're not looking for lots of layers or accessories. We're keeping things cool and light.

And if you haven't already gotten your 100-baht shirt, don't worry. They're still selling them all over Bangkok. 

Rip It Good

It's so damn hot here that it only makes sense to rip the sleeves off your cheap shirt. I mean, COME ON, it only cost 100 baht.

I love this cool number from the social media flea market app Depop. Seller Phoebe Cuff says the sleeves have slight fraying, which just adds to the tough-girl, ready-to-party vibe. Would also be cute over a cami.

Image from http://www.depop.com/en/phoebecuff

Here, rolled sleeves maintain the laid-back attitude, along with a drapey tuck into a pair of denim cutoffs.

Image by Mister Mort, http://mistermort.com/2011/10/page/2/, from http://tomboystyle.blogspot.com/2013/04/uniform-hawaiian-shirt.html

And a peek of a red bikini top? Adorable.

Image from http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/roxy-juniors-camp-life-hawaiian-shirt?ID=2060713

Creative buttoning over a solid top in a coordinating color makes this flirty but sophisticated.

Image from http://whoareweintheend.blogspot.com/2012/05/nothing-worth-having-comes-easy.html

Punk Songkran: Black beanie, cropped leather jacket, laddered tights and black creepers. Hot in more ways than one. 

Image from http://lookbook.nu/look/5853583-Sign-Of-Chaos

Twist with a twist. Madonna's son playfully sports the Spicoli look on her Instagram feed.

Image from http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/24487/20140831/madonnas-son-rocco-wears-cropped-hawaiian-shirt-like-sean-penn-in-fast-times-at-ridgemont-high-celebrity-kid-style.htm

And ... animals in Hawaiian shirts.

Because it's Songkran.

From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/goat-hawaiian-shirt_n_5673036.html

Image from http://imgur.com/gallery/FV5wEeS

Image from http://www.baxterboo.com/fun/a.cfm/top-picks-for-summer-dog-fashion

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