Guayaberas; Their Origin & How to Style These Iconic Shirts
So, just what is a guayabera? Story has it that it was originally made by a farmer’s wife who sewed four pockets into her husband’s shirt so he can carry guayabas home (guava fruit). Hence, the name guayabera.
Exactly where a guayabera is from is contested, but it is now recognized as a traditionally Latin American garment meant for hot and humid weather. It is perfect for the tropics and other regions where the sun is a year-round friend. Typically worn by men, the traditional guayabera features 100% Linen or cotton as it’s breathable base. Features include two or four large pockets, vertical pleats of “tuxes” on either side and decorative buttons.
Nowadays, guayaberas are made from many materials, but the concept remains the same. A latin, tropical, masculine vibe meant to keep you cool and stylish under the sun.
When deciding how to wear a guayabera, there are many options to choose from! You can go-
Casual: pair your guayabera with a light linen pant for a bright outfit perfect for a warm day at the beach or a staple for your next vacation.
Formal: Guayaberas can also feature more intricate embroidery and multiple pleats meant to be worn as a wedding shirt or for any formal occasion. The guayaberas hem is straight, so it is a style meant to be worn untucked on top of dress pants. Typically, it is meant to be worn in place of a suit jacket because of the hem style, but finding a suit jacket longer than your guayabera would work in this case.
Pair your guayabera shirt with some loafers, and you’ll be looking very guapo next time you’re on the beach!