This pale pastel blue guayabera shirt for summer wear is in a hard to find larger size.
The guayabera is a men's shirt that is popular in Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe. It is also referred to as a "Mexican Wedding Shirt" and some call these Cabana Boy shirts.
In recent years, it has gained popularity with vintage obsessed younger generations here in the United States, as well, and is often the choice for a groom and his (grooms)men for a less formal, more intimate beach and or/outdoor wedding, with contemporary designers such as Perry Ellis, Banana Republic and The Gap, and Tommy Bahama offering the same look (but at MUCH higher price points, often starting at $65, and we saw one from Tommy Bahama that was priced over $225 retail...) as a true vintage Guayabera.
Also worn by celebrities such as David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth on Bones), and waiters in some tropical themed restaurants (we saw them on the bartenders and servers at Chino Latino, in Minneapolis, for example).
This one measures:
Length from center back of the neck to hem: 29.5"
Neck point to shoulder point: 6.75"
Shoulder point to sleeve hem: 10.25"
Around hem: 50"
The measurements are of the shirt, not of the body that will fit IN it. Please, compare our measurements to those of a shirt of your own that fits you comfortably,
Label: Guayabera by Haband of Paterson. Permanent Press. L. (this company is still in business today)
Fiber content: 65 Polyester, 35 Cotton
Color: Very cool pale, pastel blue
Condition: Freshly laundered, excellent, ready to wear.
Regular squared hem to be worn untucked.
Buttons down front, and on each front yoke peak. Has gorgeous hand-stitched navy blue accents along all four of the pocket's tops.
Guayabera's origin remains a puzzle. This article, written by Christine Armario of the Miami Herald, Cuba News was posted Wednesday, Jun. 30, of 2004: "The origins of the guayabera remain open to debate -- even on Guayabera Day, this Thursday (July 1st).
It's as Cuban as the folk song Guantanamera -- or so it is thought. The guayabera, that long-sleeved, four-pocket shirt long the garb of exiles and militants, has a somewhat checkered history.
'Everybody says 'No, it's from my country, no it's from mine,' '' said Ninoska Castillo, a Nicaraguan waitress at Exquisito Restaurant in Little Havana. "Everyone wants to be the creator of the guayabera.''
The first guayabera might have been made by the wife of a Spaniard in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, sometime in the 18th century. Some say it got its name from the guayaba fruit farm hands used the pockets to carry, or from the Yayabo River whose nearby residents were known as Yayaberos.
Of course, neither might be true. A similar shirt, the Barong Tagalog, was created in the Philippines two centuries before. The Barong Tagalog is considered an elegant shirt with patriotic significance to the Filipinos, and which is often worn by the groom on his wedding day. It became popular around the same time as the guayabera: 1898 -- the year both countries became independent from Spain.
''It's not the same shirt, but the same concept,'' said Rene La Villa, owner of Guayabera Inc. in Miami. The difference lies in the cuffs and the number of pockets, he said. While the guayabera boasts four pockets, the Barong Tagalog often has none.
Others claim it was the Yukatans -- descendants of the Mayans -- who invented it. Even today there are a plethora of factories in Merida, Mexico that make their own guayaberas, known as Mexican wedding shirts.
Francisco Angel, a musician with the Miami-based Mariachi Mexico band, said he buys into the theory that the shirt's origins trace back to Mexico. ''Mexico was one of the most influential countries'' of the Spanish empire, he reasoned.
A biting spin on this tale, however, is that it was wealthy Cubans traveling to the Yucatán peninsula wearing their guayaberas who brought the trend to Mexico. Or even worse: the Mexicans stole the design from the famous Cuban store El Encanto.
On Calle Ocho there are just as many interpretations of the origins of the guayabera as there are guayabera wearers.
''The Spaniards who dominated [Cuba] knew how to dress very well so they probably used the guayabera,'' said Wilfredo Cejas, 84, sporting a light brown and white checkered guayabera. Jessica Alonso, a clerk at Viva la Guayabera, disagreed.
''It's definitely of Cuban origin. That goes without saying,'' said Alonso, a Cuban American. "It's like salsa. It's been appropriated by other cultures, but the origin is Cuban.''
The penchant to pin down an exact origin is losing steam as a younger crowd stylizes the guayabera. Now it has simply become known as ''classic Latino wear.'' Given the range of looks, that just might be the most accurate.
July 1st is recognized by many Cubans as "Día de la Guayabera," or Guayabera Day
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