Who Wears Short (Tiki) Shorts?


Does some bigwig out there at Old Navy subscribe to this blog? Last summer I wrote about the store’s tiki wear and I said the tropical cocktail pajama pants would have been better if they’d had tiki mugs on them, and lo and behold…


I found these women’s tiki lounge shorts ($9) online with coconut cups, Ku and Lono tiki mugs, and a couple mugs that resemble the ones from Mark Thomas Outrigger in Monterey, CA. The drinks are even garnished! I purchased a pair of these and am perfectly pleased with them. The inseam is only 3” so they are pretty short, but they’re just for wearing around the house anyway. (There’s also a pineapple print.)


No need for dudes to feel left out, though. Old Navy has you covered too with these tiki boxers ($8.50). (Also available in blue hibiscus and hula girl prints.) Pretty sure these were the same ones they offered last year.


I also discovered this women’s Hawaii tee ($16.94) — plus-size only apparently — with a tiki that looks like a rip-off of a Mai Tiki. (R.I.P. Wayne Coombs.) Old Navy also stocks men’s Hawaiian shirts, but this year’s prints are not that special. Take note of that, anonymous and probably imaginary Gap Inc. employee reading this post!

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Old Navy Tiki Aloha Shirts & Tropical Pajamas
Mickey Mouse + Tiki Aloha Shirt
Tikis in Anthropologie’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection


Anthropologie Spring/Summer 2012 – Sun & Sand (& Tikis)


Anthropologie, the store I adore but can’t really afford (aside from the sale section), has brought in some tropical inspirations for their spring/summer collection. The theme is Sun & Sand, but this is not your typical aloha wear.


While I still adore the Polynesia Greetings dress I got a few years ago, I’m not so thrilled with these two frocks. The bird of paradise Aija Maxi Dress ($158) and parrot printed Henga Shirtdress ($168) from Dream Daily by Rozae Nichols seem like they’d be less than flattering on anyone but a model, and the Southwestern style stripes at the bottom are an odd juxtaposition.


The Fresh Cut Skirt ($68) features a neat tapa print, though they don’t call it that by name. The poetic copywriting describes it in terms of a grassy lawn: Just-mowed clippings cover Vanessa Virginia’s easy cotton A-line. I like the looks of this, but again I’m kind of boggled by the beaded waistband.


The more I browsed the more island-influenced things I found, like these pink Lace Hibiscus Drops earrings ($28), also available in neon green. (At this point I should probably apologize to any male readers out there for all this.) 😉


There’s even a Tiki Scarf ($68) with coconut trees, monkeys and tiki carvings.


Here’s a close-up so you can see the somewhat questionable pattern. The thin tikis in side profile aren’t bad, but I’m not a fan of the other hawk-like totems.


Although it’s Caribbean and not Polynesian, I preferred the Bahamian Scarf ($98) with its antique-style map with landmarks like Mermaid’s Pool and Blackbeard’s Tower.


The most surprising discovery was that Anthropologie even has some rattan furniture on their site. There was the handwoven Banda Chaise ($398) along with a couple of pendant lamps with rattan shades.


Capri Blue candles by Aspen Bay bring the scent of a sweet South Pacific breeze to my tiki room at home. My favorite is the Volcano fragrance, but don’t expect the smell of sulfur and ash, it’s “tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens.” If you prefer something more floral, try its counterpart Aloha Orchid.