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 Pastel Blossom 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 travels along the Italian coast. We love the easy-to-wear pastel hues and retro-inspired cut.
Form&Thread Salt & Pepper Chore 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 versatile salt and pepper wash, in combination with a relaxed fit and breathable cotton-linen construction, makes for a solid investment that will stand the test of time.
Forét Sway Shirt
Crafted from a lightweight organic cotton jacquard fabric, this striped shirt from Danish menswear label Forét is a sure-fire staple for effortless spring and summer style. Wear it unbuttoned over a plain white tee and team with baggy jeans and canvas trainers for a skatepark-approved look.
ISTO. Camp Collar Linen Shirt
With its clean cut and refined finish, this 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.
The Real McCoy's Linen Open Collar Shirt
Made in Japan and inspired by old-school Americana, this Cuban collar shirt from The Real McCoy's (via Clutch Cafe) is an ode to casual shirts of the 1950s. It's made from super-soft and ultra-breathable 100% linen and is finished with a simple button-down construction and workwear-inspired patch pockets.
Closed Printed Shirt
Jazz up your holiday ensemble with this printed Cuban collar shirt from German label Closed. The perfect piece to take you from beach to bar.
WAHTS Amos Retro Towelling Shirt
Look cool by the pool in this terrycloth towelling shirt from Dutch sports-luxe label WAHTS. It's crafted from 100% organic cotton and finished with mother of pearl buttons for an extra dose of elegance. Try styling it with matching shorts for a complete look.