Aloha Summer: Hawaiian Shirts and High Waisted Shorts

Aside from my patchy lobster sunburn and ridiculous hay fever, I have been loving the sun we've had in Scotland the past few weeks. One thing I especially enjoy about warmer weather is my wardrobe. I am someone who loves to chuck on a top and shorts without having to worry about layers, how cold it's going to be, should I bring an extra jumper just in case and oh yes where will I put my 10 jackets once I arrive to wherever it is I'm going?

One summer piece I have wanted for a while now is my very own Hawaiian or Aloha shirt. I used to think they were only for 'shit shirt' nights, but with 'dad style' trending and the hot weather requiring looser fabrics, I decided to give them a go. I think they're pretty cool now. And I'm cool for saying 'cool'. 😎

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copperpink copper pink scotland scottish edinburgh leith shore fashion fitness wellbeing summer ootd hawaiian aloha shirt startup waterfront canal hot weather forecast

Photography by Alice from Twenty-Something City

I went for a classic tropical palm leaf print with bright red (hibiscus?) flowers. If you're going to get a Hawaiian shirt you may as well go all in. Mine is from the beautiful collection of retro-looking shirts at Pie in the Sky in Edinburgh on Cockburn Street. This is a fab shop loved by both locals and tourists, selling a mix of groovy clothes (including Isolated Heroes), feminist pins, pride patches, Manic Panic hair dye and so much more.

What makes this shirt so special to me is that I bought it whilst with my friend Mona, who was staying with me in Edinburgh for a few days. Although Mona and I both go to RGU in Aberdeen, we actually met for the first time in Toronto, Canada during our study abroad semester last year. This was Mona's first time in Edinburgh and it was incredible showing her round my hometown. I always feel so proud and grateful to live in Edinburgh when I see how much admiration newcomers have for the city.

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copperpink copper pink scotland scottish edinburgh leith shore fashion fitness wellbeing summer ootd hawaiian aloha shirt startup waterfront canal hot weather forecast

But it's not just Mona's visit that makes this shirt and outfit special to me. Oh no, there's another part to the story. Do you see these high waisted denim shorts with the sensually deep pockets? I can't resist a practical deep pocket or two.

These shorts, now my favourite shorts, were bought in Toronto, Canada during Mona and I's study abroad semester last year. I remember arriving late August, not realising how high the temperature would still be. I was expecting autumn (or fall as they say in Canada) and was met with a burning summer followed by an unexpected heatwave. So in my first week I headed to vintage shop Public Butter and picked up these shorts for just $20 (about £12).

I pretty much only wear high waisted garments now. I think the cut is so flattering and yes it does help to suck in my lower stomach when I'm bloated from periods/life or have just eaten too much lol. Not only that, I feel more secure in high waisted than low waisted items and hence much more comfortable and confident when going about my day.

Did I mention the practical deep pockets? These are definitely my favourite shorts.

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copperpink copper pink scotland scottish edinburgh leith shore fashion fitness wellbeing summer ootd hawaiian aloha shirt startup waterfront canal hot weather forecast

Check that low-angle shot. Am I a model yet?

Another thing I do love about my shirt is how many different ways you can style it. I do like to wear it open in summer to keep me cool, but sometimes I'll wear it closed to fool people into thinking I own more clothes than I do (this doesn't work).


I am also a fan of buttons as if you are having a day where you're not feeling very body confident (which we all do), you can wear the shirt closed. But if you do feel more confident during the day you can unbutton as much as you like. This also means you can dress it up for night and play about with tucking it in, wrapping, tying and safety-pinning all over the place. I have two safety pins in below.

My next challenge is to attempt this very creative styling with my Hawaiian shirt as shown by Sheri/Betty from Forever Yours Betty.

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I don't know if you have noticed or not, but I have recently been trying to create more and higher quality outfit shoots and images for the blog and Instagram. So whilst I'm still a little out of my comfort zone in terms of posing for photographs, I hope you'll start to see improvement and that I can provide you with some really valuable content through these pretty pictures. Each shoot gives me the motivation to keep pushing forward regarding my creativity and self-esteem, even if I sometimes feel a little awkward during.

Big thanks to Alice from Twenty-Something City for actually inviting me to shoot with her, otherwise I'd probably still be on my sofa wishing I was out doing them!

One way for me to feel comfortable during shoots is to wear clothes that I genuinely feel confident in. The special memories I associate with my Hawaiian shirt and high waisted shorts give me that confidence. If you're feeling a little less fab than usual one day, try wearing a piece with a special memory for you.

How is your summer going? Do you have any special summer pieces in your wardrobe?

P.S. I uploaded my first vertical vlog on IGTV - it's a travel vlog about my first day in Amsterdam and you can watch it here. Let me know what you think!


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