As one of the hottest styles of shirts you need in your daily kit, cubans (not the cigar, also known as the camp or revere collar) are a year-round staple. Recognised by a pointed, two-tiered collar, the cuban shirt is usually found in a short-sleeve style.
For the warmer weather, look for lighter weight materials that allows for breathability and movement. For a multipurpose look, team your cuban shirt with a pair of linen shorts for off-duty style or tuck it in to a pair of dress chinos and throw a blazer over the top for a summer wedding.
To help navigate you through the vast options of fabrics and styles, we have rounded up our favourite cuban shirts to ensure you don’t look like you’ve stepped off a bowling alley. Scroll below to cop some style inspiration.
One of the most recognised brands for the cuban shirt, Prada has bridged the gap between luxury fashion and wearability. Along with its comical approach to its menswear collections, the Italian fashion house has combined exceptional quality with forward-thinking design. On the more structured side, this cotton design is perfect for the ‘smart-casual’ brief.
Prada Flower Print Short Sleeve Shirt / $1,390 AUD SHOP NOW
Best known for its range of work clothes, US based company Carhartt WIP have moved forward with the addition of lifestyle clothing. Another brand with its own range of cuban shirts, the workwear company combines contemporary style in a range of prints as well as workwear quality.
Carhartt WIP S/S Anderson Shirt / $180 AUD SHOP NOW
If you’re wanting to give the cuban shirt a go, but keep your bank balance in check, Urban Outfitters is the best place to look for low-cost, high-fashion trends. With a huge range of patterns and colours available, you can pick up a couple at a time for cheap. Just look at the fabric composition as cheaper materials won’t breath as well in hot weather.
Urban Outfitters Wondering Rose Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt / $49 AUD SHOP NOW
Synonymous with Italian craftsmanship and creative design, Gucci easily nails the cuban shirt with its signature twist. Taking on contemporary design, the bowling shirt is made with 100 percent silk for a flattering fit.
Gucci Bowling Shirt with Patch / $885 AUD SHOP NOW
Marks & Spencer
Before you cringe at the thought of shopping at your grandma’s OG store, Marks & Spencer has a slew of great designs at all affordable prices. One of those being the Cuban Shirt. Despite being marketed towards the older generation, the huge range of colours and patterns makes it easy to find a print more suited to your taste.
Marks & Spencer Pure Cotton Slim Fit Printed Shirt / $37 AUD SHOP NOW
Polo Ralph Lauren
Synonymous with classic style and great quality, Polo Ralph Lauren is where to look for a timeless addition to your kit. Available in a number of colours as well as the pony embroidered on the chest, this cuban rendition is an essential for every summer occasion.
Polo Ralph Lauren Short-Sleeved Shirt / $195 AUD SHOP NOW
If you’ve got the money to drop, then this Italian fashion house has the largest collection of cuban shirts out there. With a huge range of plain staples to signature prints, the Fendi cuban is lightweight with expert craftsmanship, perfect for a summer wedding.
Fendi Coffee-Print Short Sleeve Shirt / $790 AUD SHOP NOW
Ami Alexandre Mattiussi
Ami Alexandre Mattiussi lends a classic take on the cuban shirt with slight longer sleeves and a stiff shape, reminiscent of the original style. With a range of block colours and Hawaiian prints, this multipurpose design is easy to go from beach to bar in a flash.
Ami Alexandre Mattiussi Short Sleeve Shirt / $289 AUD SHOP NOW
If you’re after an affordable style that doesn’t compromise on design, high-street retailer River Island have you covered. For 60 years the London-based company have been offering essentials and on-trend styles and with a large range of styles and colours it will be hard to stop.
River Island Navy Stripe Revere Short Sleeve Shirt / $50 AUD SHOP NOW
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