Brad Pitt’s Aloha Attire In Fight Club Will See You Through The Rest Of Summer
There's an obvious appeal to comic book characters. Heightened senses and pretty much perfect appearances – what's not to love? The top cartoon character we're aspiring to be as cool as this year? Thanks to Chuck Palahniuk and his latest comic book incarnation, make that Tyler Durden of Fight Club. Palahniuk's third published release for the franchise arrived earlier this year, 20 years on from the hit Hollywood adaptation of his initial novel. It seems that the appeal of his main character is as strong as ever and we're guessing that has something to do with the actor who really brought him to life, Brad Pitt.
Following the unconventional friendship of a depressed businessman and a soap seller who, by some bizarre turn of events, start an underground fighting club, Fight Club was the perfect celluloid embodiment of the Nineties. Not violence-wise, obviously, but style-wise, for sure, particularly on the part of Pitt's character. Primarily due to his natty aloha shirt.
Clad in a toucan motif, Pitt's shirt nods back to the landscape of where it was first made: Hawaii. The aloha shirt arrived on the island state back in the Twenties, when Honolulu-based dry goods stores began to experiment with colourful Japanese prints. The intention was to inject a bit of fun to their otherwise basic wardrobes and after the Second World War the masses latched on. Why? Because a bunch of servicemen who had been based on the Pacific Islands brought it back to the States. And with their return, the ultimate resort piece was found.
Since then, the Hawaiian shirt has been embraced by some of our favourite style icons: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Jeff Goldblum, Harry Styles and, to this day, Brad Pitt. We can bet that you've seen a sample of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming film which explores the Sixties golden age of Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, there's a fair few style lessons to take from it, including Brad Pitt's tropical mustard shirt. Twenty years on from Fight Club, this is still a go-to statement for his upper half. It's rare for such a daring piece to stand the test of time in fashion, so if you haven't already, we suggest investing in one this summer while you still can.
If you have a flight booked to Hawaii, prepare yourself for an influx of options. But if, like us, you're not so fortunate, don't fret: here are our top modern takes on the aloha shirt to buy right now. Tyler Durden punches prohibited, accompanying leather sandals mandatory.
Shirt by Prada
$892 at prada.com
Shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren
$132 at harrods.com
Shirt by Barbanera
Shirt by Givenchy
$423 at endclothing.com