Summer is fast approaching, which means it's time to herald the return of the Cuban collar shirt. The warm weather favourite has once and for all shaken off its associations with sunburnt holidaymakers and '80s TV protagonists to make a stylish resurgence as – dare we say – a menswear classic. Scroll on for everything you need to know about this summer style saviour, including some of our favourite Cuban collar shirts for men at the moment.

What is a Cuban collar shirt?

The Cuban collar shirt – also known as the camp collar, revere collar or spread collar shirt – is a button-up shirt that's characterised by its flat, open collar. First popularised in the 1950s by the likes of Elvis Presley, its boxy shape and distinctive double-notch collar lends it an Americana-tinged old-school aesthetic that makes it the perfect go-to for smart-casual affairs. Typically worn in the warmer months, Cuban collar shirts are traditionally constructed from a lightweight, breathable fabric such as cotton, linen, Tencel or terrycloth.

How to wear a Cuban collar shirt

The best thing about the Cuban collar shirt is its versatility. Wear it with swim shorts and sandals; unbuttoned and open over a T-shirt with cotton drawstring shorts and canvas sneakers; or buttoned up under a smart blazer with tailored linen trousers and loafers. The retro quality gives you license to experiment, by playing up the '50s appeal with a full vintage look or balancing it with more contemporary attire. Opt for printed, striped or plain, depending on how much of a statement you feel like making.

Best Cuban collar shirts for men

Need some guidance? Look no further: from the understated to statement-making, these are some of the best Cuban collar shirts for men at the moment. Your summer wardrobe just got cooler.

Wax London Watercolour Floral Didcot Shirt

This men's camp collar shirt from British brand label Wax London will inject just the right amount of flair into your summer wardrobe. The watercolour-style floral print draws inspiration from summer reflections on the water. We love the vibrant hues and retro-inspired cut.

Form&Thread Poplin Chalk Cabin Shirt

If you're new to the world of Cuban collar shirts, this understated version from masters of minimalism Form&Thread is a great place to start. The easy-to-wear chalk hue, in combination with a relaxed fit and breathable cotton poplin construction, makes for a solid investment that will stand the test of time.

Percival Tapestry Cuban Linen Shirt

This lightweight Cuban collar shirt from Percival is the ultimate statement shirt. Crafted from 100% linen, it's embroidered in London with a delicate, summery pattern. Wear it tucked into dark denim jeans with a quality belt and Chelsea boots for a fresh take on rock 'n' roll style.

Forét Green Lane Shirt

Crafted from a lightweight tencel seersucker fabric, this subtly print shirt from Danish menswear label Forét is a sure-fire staple for effortless spring and summer style. The subtle contrast of vertical and horizontal stripes lend it a sense of character without overpowering the rest of your outfit.

ISTO. Camp Collar Linen Shirt

With its clean cut and refined finish, this sage-coloured short-sleeved camp collar shirt from Portuguese label ISTO. screams summer sophistication. The natural linen fabric, made in Normandy, France, is lightweight yet durable, ensuring this shirt will stand the test of time and see you stylishly through many a summer.

The Resort Co Navy Terry Short Sleeve Shirt

The Resort Co's Cuban collar shirts for men come in classic hues of white or navy. Handcrafted in Portugal from soft, absorbent 100% organic cotton terrycloth, this short sleeve style saviour is the ultimate poolside piece. Team with matching terry shorts for the full look.

Corridor Poppy Linen Camp Collar Shirt

Make a statement in this bold poppy-hued Cuban collar shirt from NYC-based brand Corridor. Ethically made in a female-run factory in India, it boasts a strong yet soft 100% linen construction.

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