Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is totally a “Hawaiian Shirt Guy.”
Was there ever any doubt?
Only a special kind of guy can pull off the Hawaiian shirt.
Back in the 90’s, everyone was wearing them. They had a resurgence of sorts. When I was in junior high, everyone was wearing Hawaiian shirts with “wife beaters” underneath. It wasn’t white trash and we weren’t on vacation.
It was fashionable.
At the time.
A trip to Wkikipedia tells us all we need or want to know about the Hawaiian shirt. Did you know they are actually called Aloha shirts?
Well, you do now. And there’s no un-knowing it.
You can also learn that people have been making bad fashion choices for a very, very long time.
The modern Aloha shirt was devised in the early 1930s by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun of King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods, a store in Waikiki. Chun began sewing brightly colored shirts for tourists out of old kimono fabrics he had leftover in stock. The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper was quick to coin the term Aloha shirt to describe Chun’s fashionable creation. Chun trademarked the name. The first advertisement in the Honolulu Advertiser for Chun’s Aloha shirt was published on June 28, 1935.
Apparently, the custom of wearing these awful shirts spread around the world and led to a lot of “casual Fridays” in our nation’s offices. In every office I’ve ever worked in, which is just one, the custom for casual Friday’s was to wear jeans…because, you know, wearing Hawaiian shirts is out of fashion for everyone except people on tropical vacations and old men who also wear socks with sandals.
Oh, and Andy Reid.
Coach is down at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, which if you are coming from Kansas City these days, might actually seem like a tropical paradise.
But seriously, I’m thankful Reid is rocking a laid back attitude.
We haven’t had a coach who dressed this awesomely since Chan Gailey.