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We Found the Best Cuban Collar Shirts to Wear Right Now

The open-collar garment is this year’s cool shirt.
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This year's coolest shirt has many names: camp collar shirt, revere collar shirt, open-collar shirt, spread-collar shirt. But no need for confusion, because they’re all one and the same.

What is a Cuban Collar Shirt?

A Cuban collar shirt is essentially a loose, short-sleeved shirt with a buttoned front and a flat, double-notch open collar. It's usually constructed from a light and breathable fabric, such as linen or cotton, making it ideal for tropical climate.  

Today’s version features an even more relaxed and boxier silhouette, which gives it that effortless, devil-may-care look that is typical of resort wear. The good news about wearing the shirt in our tropical climate is that you can wear it all day long. Here, we round up some of the best Cuban collar shirts you can wear right now.  

Blue Blue Japan

Workwear and Japanese denim fans would have likely heard of Blue Blue Japan. The brand has long been revered for its top-tier construction of denim jeans. Still, expect it to nail pieces beyond pants. This Cuban collar shirt, inspired by Hokusai’s “The Wave,” is woven with pure linen and dyed using the same indigo techniques as Blue's world-renowned denim.

Photo by MR PORTER.

Uniqlo

The favorite retailer has its own take on the Hokusai-inspired Cuban collar shirt, with designs resembling the patterns made by Japanese woodblocks. It’s graphic yet classic and a showcase of heritage. This is a smart, sensible choice for those who want to get in on the trend. 

Photo by UNIQLO.

Mr. Porter

Mr. Porter’s in-house brand, Mr. P, shows you how to wear stripes and how to get them right. The combination of understated grays, blues, and yellows against white linen channels days spent sailing on the open water. This is also ideal for partaking in beachside libations—or looking like it anyway. Feel free to stuff your pipe or a pack of Lucky Strikes in the classic chest pocket. 

Photo by MR PORTER.

Beams Japan

Menswear enthusiasts will also likely have heard of Beams Japan, the popular Harajuku brand that has mastered the art of Americana reproductions. Retro, post-war staples like this camp collar vacation shirt feel like a true vintage, right down to the details. While it scores the boxy fit and silhouette down to a T, the raised threads on its slub fabric make it feel authentic like a treasured hand-me-down from your grandfather. 

Photo by MR PORTER.

Orlebar Brown

This white pique shirt is refined, relaxed, and the definition of casual luxury. With box pleat pockets on either side of the chest, a straight hem, and a spread double-notch collar, this is the kind of shirt that’s reminiscent of afternoons spent playing tennis at the country club or attending a poolside party. Pair with above-the-knee khaki shorts or with your brightest pair of bermuda shorts. 

Photo by ORLEBAR BROWN.

Zara

Get Harry Styles' rock star vibe with paisleys. This bandana-print shirt looks best tucked in with dark jeans or with black pleated trousers. Finish the look with leather Chelsea boots, just like Harry would do. 

Photo by ZARA.

 

Topman

Here's a Cuban collar shirt in all its festive glory. With bright colors and a relaxed resort feel, this piece won’t feel out of place in the downtown alleys of Old Havana. This is prime vacation wear, one that really expresses you’re on holiday. 

Photo by TOPMAN.

Penshoppe

This awning stripe shirt in navy blue is a youthful take on nautical colors. The playful garment with vertical stripes is reminiscent of boardwalk stalls, retro diners, and outdoor carnivals. 

Photo by PENSHOPPE.

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