A Look at the Hawaiian Shirts from HugePOD
Updated: Jul 18, 2022
Now that I've ordered and received a few of these shirts from HugePOD, I can write up a description of what they are like. Spoiler - I like them a lot. Of course, you can find these and many other shirts for sale over at Lazy River Design Works. I have included size charts in both Imperial and Metric at the end of this post, btw.
First, material. The shirts are made out of 95% polyester and 5% spandex, giving them "slight stretch" according to HugePOD but only the slightest give in actuality. The cloth is very thin but feels sturdy nonetheless and very light. A good, breezy material for a hot day.
Second, the quality of assembly is quite good and has held up to wearing thus far. The seams are straight, tidy, and feel solid. Buttonholes are tidy and well-formed, in either white or black thread. The hang of the shirt is straight and square when worn. The buttoned opening in the front is faced on the inside with wide borders on either side that mirrors the exterior print; that means that if you wear the shirt open, like I do, glimpses of the inside of the shirt show printed material lining for a good distance. Buttons are clear plastic that read as off-white.
Third, the quality of the print is very good. HugePOD uses sublimation printing for a garment like this, resulting in colours that penetrate the fibers of the cloth and do not sit on top. The feel of the fabric is like a dyed material rather than the slightly rubbery texture of traditional t-shirt printing. Colours are intense when they need to be, and the detail level is quite high and sharp. If anything, colours are a little more saturated than anticipated, making me put "adjust monitor brightness/contrast levels" on my to-do list. I'm not too worried about it, as it's better to be a bit too vivid than not vivid enough.
Finally, the cut and fit. The shirt is cut very much like a traditional Hawaiian shirt, although without a chest pocket. Let me make a note here that I personally really like a roomy chest pocket or two on a button-up, and I will continue to try and secure a supplier who offers the pocket. In the meantime, however, we are without pocket. The collar and lapels are wide but not unusually so, with an attempt being made to land somewhere in the middle. While we are examining the upper front of the shirt, note that the top button rides low and provides full-throatedness - no necktie here. The shoulder seam is cut wide as are the sleeves. Overall, they feel good to wear, light, roomy and comfortable, with the wrinkle-resistance afforded by a polyester blend. In other words, a Hawaiian shirt.
Getting better photos is very high on my list, and I hope to get a few friends to model for me tonight at the first poker game in almost two years. In the meantime, here are some photos from HugePOD of the prototypical shirt in white:
***Edit: July 12
I spent some time yesterday in the back garden with Rowan as he played with his wading pool and the hose. I took advantage of the down-time to take some selfies with the shirts. Tough to do a complete job of it without a selfie stick or a tripod, but here are a few: