Got anything in your closet that allows you to come off as dignified and stylish, while letting you comfortably endure unrelenting heat and sunshine? And no, those faded swim trunks you love to wear around the house don’t count. What does is a Guayabera shirt from the Cubavera collection.
A Guayabera is a casual linen shirt for men, resembling the style of camp shirts. From a work shirt to a standard of formalwear and from the hillside of Cuba to the world, the Guayabera’s legacy has grown immeasurably, and continues to grow today. Refined but relaxed, some might say it’s the ultimate embodiment of the rich heritage it’s a part of.
The Guayabera shirt, a typical cuban shirt for men made of linen material, was conceived in the early 18th century of humble beginnings. Its indelible legacy traces all the way back to the Cuban countryside, or el campo. Legend holds that the distinct design was first created by a poor seamstress who sewed four pockets onto the front of her farmer husband’s shirts to carry guayabas in. Its popularity kept spreading throughout the 18th and 19th century, and continued to grow in modern times.
Hold this handsome four-pocket linen shirt up to a light and you can literally see through it. That’s because linen is thin, light and breathable, all attributes that work in your favor once the mercury has spiked. You’ll feel as though you’re bare-chested, yet onlookers will see a refined gentleman who’s smiling happily as he strolls about in proper beach wedding attire. And should you get wedding cake on your Guayabera, fear not. After all the wedding toasts are finished and you’ve made your way home, simply take off this linen dress shirt and drop it into the washing machine. Ahhhhh, the joys of 100% linen construction. And should your social calendar call for casual dress, simply pair your 100% linen Guayabera with our One Pleat Linen Pants and sandals or jeans, and our Canvas Espadrille.
Got a tropical resort vacation or cruise getaway around the corner? Grab a few Guayabera shirts for a casual, cool feel that’s still dapper and put together for a formal dinner onboard. Life is complicated enough, so there’s no reason to make picking comfortable, good-looking clothes rocket science. Don’t you agree?