Summer is fast approaching, which means its 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.
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 or Tencel.
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 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.
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.
This camp collar shirt from sustainable menswear label SIRPLUS will inject just the right amount of playfulness into your summer wardrobe. The detailed print, printed at the historic Liberty mill in northern Italy, features hand-drawn illustrations inspired by historical myths, fables, plays and poems.
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 soft black hue, in combination with a relaxed fit and breathable cotton poplin construction, makes for a solid investment that will stand the test of time.
Ripa Ripa's long sleeve linen camp collar shirt is cut in a slightly oversized fit for ultimate comfort and breathability on hot summer days. Wear it as a shirt or a summer jacket, thrown over a plain white T-shirt and teamed with linen shorts and white leather sneakers for an easy everyday look
This lightweight Cuban collar shirt from Percival is the ultimate statement shirt. Crafted from Japanese hand screenprinted rayon, it features an elegant Japanese Basho Hut design. Wear it tucked into dark denim jeans with a leather belt and Chelsea boots for a fresh take on rock 'n' roll style.
Crafted from a breathable seersucker fabric, this shirt from Danish menswear label Forét is a sure-fire staple for effortless spring and summer style. Its minimalist look lends it ultimate versatility while the contrasting front pocket adds a subtle touch of character.
With its clean cut and refined finish, this white short-sleeved camp collar shirt from Norse Projects screams summer sophistication. The tightly woven poplin fabric is made in Italy by Albiate 1830, a mill specialising in lightweight fabrics, so you know you're getting made-to-last quality.
Fusing laidback comfort with effortless style, this camp collar shirt from A Day's March is guaranteed to become a warm weather go-to, whether you're working from home or enjoying a sun-drenched holiday. The terrycloth fabric enhances the vintage vibe and adds next-level softness.
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