Dress -- Casual but how casual?

Old Jun 5th, 2003, 11:27 AM
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Dress -- Casual but how casual?

Dress in the evening in Hawaii appears to be casual but how casual? I'm sure there are very upscale restaurants that require more but generally speaking are shorts OK?
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Old Jun 5th, 2003, 11:32 AM
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Pretty casual. Are these shorts on the man or woman? I always wore a dress for dinner, just seemed cooler. DH wore knee length shorts with shirt with collar. I noticed people at dinner were mostly dressed in red, from lack of sufficient sunscreen.
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Old Jun 5th, 2003, 02:08 PM
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I usually wore slacks and my wife a sun dress when we at upscale restaurants but at most places there would be some men in shorts. I just felt more comfortable dressing up a little....my N.Y. roots I guess
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Old Jun 5th, 2003, 02:50 PM
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I've seen bikini tops almost everywhere... even going to church! Anything goes in Hawaii. Nightclubs or fancy restaurants may require long pants. Some people don't even own long pants.
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I usually wear a cute pair of Capri's (usually black or tan - white if I'm feeling brave) and a nice sleeveless or short sleeve sweater/silk/etc top. I've never felt underdressed in Hawaii with this combo.
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Not sure what island you're going to, some of the classier hotels may require long pants on men. We go to Kauai for 3 weeks and I don't take any long pants and I feel very comfortable at the best restaurants on the island.
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We've been three times and each time it has been much more casual than home (Tennessee). If you're going to an upscale restaurant, linen slacks/capris and sweater/or pullover is fine for the ladies, and my husband usually wore kahkais or linin slacks with a Hawaiian shirt. (If you're there for any length of time, he'll end up buying one because everyone else has them!) Anything less than an upscale restaurant, the lady is still OK with the same type of clothes, and the men usually have on nice shorts. The first time we went, I was really surprised at how casual the dress was.
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"Aloha attire" is generally an aloha shirt and nice shorts or pants for men, and either a muumuu or aloha blouse and shorts or pants for women. I lived on Oahu for three years and that was as dressed up as I ever got and I always fit right in.
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Old Jun 6th, 2003, 07:25 AM
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Ditto RichinPA, I can't recall the last time I took long pants over.

Even in Dec/Jan, if we're flying out of SFO, I'll take the long pants to the car before leaving for the a'port and leave them in the trunk for the trip back. If we fly outta Sacto, I'll brave the weather in shorts for the brief ride to Sacto "Intl".

I will pack a pair of nice Tommy Bahama shorts to go w/ a Hawaiian or Polo shirt.
Sandals only, too!

Mrs Kal on the otherhand...She's STILL packing for that "What if we go to a real fancy dinner". Heels on Kauai?


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Old Jan 26th, 2004, 01:54 PM
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Lawsy, haven't capri pants had their 15 minutes of fashion fame BACK in the spotlight?
 
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In Hawaii, even funerals are casual. The obituaries often state "aloha attire" requested for wakes and funerals.
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For guys, a pair of convertible shorts/trousers that zip off/on at knee length and you'll have both, actually saw a guy on the plane leaving Maui zipping on the legs.
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