Dress Down Fridays

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The concept of dress-down Fridays has been adopted by companies all over the world, with even the largest of international corporations adhering to this new dress code on the last day of the working week throughout the year. While many believe that this is more of a recent Western tradition, casual Fridays can actually be traced back to the Hawaiian Aloha Shirt.

The Aloha Shirt
Hawaiian shirts were first created by a Chinese merchant based in Waikiki, who reused leftover kimono fabric to create brightly colored shirts for tourists. It was in 1962 that the Hawaiian Fashion Guild began pushing for the Aloha shirt to become an accepted part of business attire in the state. The main reason for this was due to Hawaii’s climate, with the heat making conventional business attire extremely uncomfortable. It was also pointed out that encouraging workers to wear Hawaiian shirts more frequently would help to boost the Hawaiian garment industry. While the Hawaiian government eventually gave in, allowing the workforce to wear Aloha attire during the summer months, the Fashion Guild continued to lobby for increased use of the Aloha shirt, and it was not long before the workforce were allowed to wear them every Friday throughout the year.

Man wearing khaki pants

Khakis
One of the main problems when it comes to dress-down Fridays was that, once the workforce shed their conventional attire, the men were unsure of what to wear, turning up to work in shorts and sandals to go along with their Aloha shirts. There were concerns that dress-down Fridays were becoming slightly too casual, which is why Levi’s decided to send out brochures to 25,000 businesses across the country, depicting the clothing that was deemed appropriate casual wear for the workplace. Of course, the brochure was not altruistic and was actually a subtle advertisement for Levi’s Dockers – khaki pants that were usually only worn on the golf course. The Dockers were featured throughout the brochure, and it was not long before the majority of men in the workforce owned their own pair.

Aloha Friday
While Aloha shirts were already popular on the US mainland, it was only in the 1990’s that Aloha Friday, known on the mainland as Casual or Dress Down Friday, was introduced. This was largely due to the recession at the time, with companies seeking ways to boost company morale without having to spend any extra money. It did not take long for the concept of dress-down Fridays to spread across the country, before quickly making its way into workplaces all around the world.

Dress-down Friday is now common at many workplaces all over the world, and the concept also gave birth to the dress code Business Casual, which is often seen as appropriate attire for every day of the week. The next time you are choosing a casual outfit to wear to work on a Friday, do spend a few seconds thinking about the Chinese merchant in Waikiki that this whole concept can be traced back to.

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Polynesian Inspired Fashion

With vibrant colors and bold, graphic prints, Polynesian-inspired clothing is perfectly suited to the warm summer months. From beautifully exotic dresses to bold, printed heels, these are some of the highlights of the Polynesian inspired fashion styles that are currently out there.

Polynesian inspired fashion

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Resort Collections
Resort wear is ideally suited to Polynesian elements, with Mena being one brand that does this extremely well. With flowing silhouettes that feature graphic yet subtle prints, these styles provide an elegant taste of Polynesia. If there are designers that are particular favorites of yours, take a look through some of their resort collections, as you are bound to find a number of pieces that feature elements taken from Polynesia.

Polynesian Inspired Footwear
Polynesian inspired footwear is a great way to add an exotic element to your outfit, and there are some gorgeous custom-made designs available on Etsy. From casual Vans to towering stilettos, there are a number of talented artists that are using authentic Polynesian ink to create stunning prints on plain shades of these shoes.

Women wearing kimonos

Kimonos
The kimono was first brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants, and its style became quite popular on the islands. Today, the kimono continues to inspire designers all over the world, and Polynesian-printed kimonos are easily available. Pupuka is a Hawaiian brand that creates beautifully-structured kimonos, each one handmade using custom block-printed pieces of fabric, while Natalie Wood is an Australian designer that produces elegant kimonos that are favored by celebrities and the fashion elite. These are fantastic for the summertime, as they can be worn over swimwear to the beach, or over shorts and a tank top as a casual piece of outerwear. For a beachy look, opt for a brightly printed kimono in a semi-transparent fabric, while a solid-colored kimono with a few sophisticated details works well in the evenings.

Vintage Polynesian Prints
Alfred Shaheen was one of the masters of Polynesian prints, and there were many others just like him that produced truly incredible designs. Shaheen, in particular, revolutionized the print manufacturing industry at the time and was extraordinarily passionate about creating the finest prints, often using gold to trace around certain fabric details. While garments by masters such as Shaheen may be difficult to get hold of, Polynesian prints are widely available, and can brighten up just about any item of clothing.

Polynesian maxi dress

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Polynesian Inspired Maxi Dresses
With a simple but flowing silhouette, maxi dresses lend themselves extremely well to Polynesian design details, especially when it comes to placement prints. Maxi dresses started to become more popular in Polynesia in the 70’s, many of them featuring plunging necklines and layered graphic prints.

Tropical Accessories
Accessories make it easy to bring some island life into your outfit, and there is so much out there to choose from. From hand-carved wooden jewelry to colorful floral headpieces, Polynesian-inspired accessories are fun and currently extremely on trend.

Reminiscent of tropical islands and a calmer way of life, designers have long since taken inspiration from Polynesia. From flowing maxi dresses to artistically printed shoes, these styles are a great way to add a sunny and exotic element to any outfit.

Island Beauty Inspiration – OROGOLD Reviews

The summer months are always the perfect time to update your look, making it a touch more tropical and exotic. Whether you are spending a few weeks at a beachy paradise, or simply staying local for the summer, OROGOLD brings you some island beauty inspiration to get you started.

Woman with natural makeup.

Simple Beauty
Hawaiians don’t tend to overdo it too much when it comes to makeup, so if you want to replicate this look, allow yourself to be inspired by the colors of the tropics but keep it toned down. Apply a tinted moisturizer to begin with, to give your face some color and keep it looking dewy. Dust a light coating of foundation on your face, applying a lighter concealer under your eyes if necessary. Top this off with bronzer, giving your skin an even glow. Keep your eyes simple, letting them speak for themselves, but add a pop of tropical color to your lips and nails.

Woman with beautiful wavy hair in a beach

Healthy, Textured Hair
The only way to get perfectly gorgeous summer waves in your hair is if your hair is well looked after. Coconut oil is commonly used in Hawaii, as well as the other Polynesian islands, with most people rubbing a small amount into their hair before stepping into the water. This protects the hair from becoming brittle after being constantly exposed to the elements. For an extra-special tropical treat, massage some coconut oil into your hair and onto your scalp, before leaving it to soak in for 20 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual, but don’t apply any conditioner. You will soon find that your hair is much softer and silkier than ever. OROGOLD also recommends this method for anyone that suffers from dandruff.

Closeup of the noni plant found in Hawaii

Exotic Products
Using skin care products with exotic ingredients is always a great way to bring island beauty into your own home for a pampering session. Hawaii is full of native medicinal plants, herbs and flowers, all of which bring a range of benefits to your skin. Ingredients to look out for include coconut oil, kukui nut oil, pineapple, Kona coffee, noni, tamanu oil, awapuhi and volcanic ash, each of which have different functions and healing properties.

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Be Inspired by Hawaiian Tattoos
Tattoos have been around in Hawaiian culture for centuries, and there are many tattoo traditions that have a significant meaning behind them. Whether they simply say ‘ohana’, which stands for family, or are an intricate depiction of native flowers, Hawaiian tattoos are incredibly beautiful. Allow yourself to be inspired by these when it comes to your accessories, makeup and nail art, as this will add an exotically feminine, yet edgy, tone to your look.

Island beauty inspiration comes in all forms, from making use of native ingredients to being inspired by body art. OROGOLD always recommends trying out different styles and looks, and having fun with it, as this is the best way to see what suits you the most.

The Cutest Fancy Sandals for Your Hawaii Vacation – OROGOLD Reviews

With the intense heat that you will experience in Hawaii, it is important to give your feet the opportunity to breathe. OROGOLD reviews the cutest fancy sandals for your vacation in Hawaii.

The Cutest Fancy Sandals for Your Hawaii Vacation

Metallic Leather Sandals
Opting for a metallic leather is a great way to jazz up a pair of flat sandals that would have otherwise been slightly boring, and will add a touch of glamour to even the most casual of looks. OROGOLD loves the Raffia Horsebit Espadrille from Gucci, in a metallic gold, with a braided cord base and a horsebit detailed strap, adding a slightly sporty edge. If you would prefer slightly more height, Gucci also have a pair of metallic silver sandals with a wide, one-inch heel, featuring Swarovski crystals to give you that extra bit of sparkle.

Floral Wedges
Wedges are the best type of heel to wear during the day when you are on vacation, as they give you the most support and, unlike thin heels, will even allow you to walk on sand, something which is inevitable in Hawaii! OROGOLD absolutely adores the range of printed brocade wedge sandals from Dolce & Gabbana, and there is an amazing range of floral prints to choose from. Charlotte Olympia also have a pair of printed floral wedges, with a print that is even more abstract and fascinating to look at. For something slightly more toned down, take a look at the Alice + Olivia espadrille wedge sandals, which feature a more subtle, color block print, and are available at Bloomingdales, either online or in store.

Crystal-Embellished Sandals
Crystal embellishments are always cute to wear, and when you’re somewhere as sunny as Hawaii, your sandals look extra special when the crystals glitter with light from the sun. OROGOLD loves the Rene Caovilla snakeskin sandals, embellished with Swarovski crystals. Snakeskin is very much in trend when it comes to sandals, and you are likely to see snakeskin in every shoe shop. Rene Caovilla have a whole range of jeweled sandals that are worth checking out if you like their style. Dolce & Gabbana also have a printed pair of embellished flat sandals that would really stand out on the beach, and reflect the bright colors of the Aloha state.

Floral Design Sandals
For flat sandals that have flowers winding their way over your feet, take a look at the Rosario sandals from Charlotte Olympia, crafted from a green calf leather that will stand out against all skin tones. The pink flowers add a delicate and feminine touch, and are a great choice for somewhere like Hawaii. As great as flat sandals may be for the day, Hawaii is full of entertaining night spots, and you are likely to want some fancy sandals for a night on the town. OROGOLD recommends the climbing rose sandals from Dolce & Gabbana, which features a four-inch stiletto heel with a rose climbing its way up.

No matter how long you visit Hawaii for, you are bound to be kept busy by all that the state has to offer. These cute sandals will help to pull any outfit together, making packing for your vacation much easier!