The Guayabera Shirt

I haven’t used mine to pick guavas yet, but I’m liking this shirt more and more! It’s a great mix of a sports shirt and a work coat!

I should say that Garments for No One sent me a free Guayabera shirt. They have nothing to do with what is written, and they didn’t even see it before it came out.

I didn’t think I’d like guayabera shirt. As a child in Los Angeles, where I grew up, I saw men at my church wear it with loose black pants and dress shoes. It looked like an old man’s shirt. With all the pockets, I could see how useful they would be, but I never found them interesting. Plus, the shirts were usually seen as “fancy” because of the embroidery and pleating, not as workwear. I just thought of them as barongs with extra pockets; not really my style.

But things always change as we learn more about them. That’s after I started adding more casual clothes from the 1930s to the 1960s, like spearpoint polos, alohas, and the famous guayabera shirt. Putting these to use in modern situations changed everything and helped me grow my casual style. After my friend Michael told me about guayaberas and I saw how fashion brands had changed them, it made sense that I started to look at them again.

Now, I’m not going to say I know everything about the past of the guayabera shirt. Heddels wrote a great piece about it. Of course, not every Hispanic country has a guayabera. In that article, they say that the shirt has Hispanic roots and comes from everyday (work?) wear. It made me like it a little more after hearing that, especially when Michael showed me pictures of Hemingway wearing it.

Some old pictures of him and other guayabera shirt really changed how I felt about them. Seeing it in strong cottons with simple pleating or needlework and nice sport collars really brings out its working roots. In fact, it made me think of safari shirts, which are still one of the best pieces of loungewear you can own. The best ones are made of cotton or linen, as the Heddles piece says. We should stay away from the cheaper, shiny ones made of poly-blends.

In general, the guayabera shirt is meant to be a simple shirt that you can wear to relax or for work, bringing pens and fruits as you please. I saw it as a mix between a chore coat and a sportshirt. Plus, it was a traditional piece of clothing.

It was a little hard for me to find some guayabera shirt on Google that I liked or that would work with suits. The only thing that came to mind was that they looked like cabana shirts. They’re somewhat alike in that they both have a sport collar, three patch pockets, and are made of cotton or linen. The only thing that makes them different is that cabana shirts don’t have the unique artistic pleats.

It might seem silly to wear a guayabera shirt to the pool (it looks a lot like a terry cloth shirt), but that shouldn’t be the end of it. That’s why I looked at Bryceland for ideas. It’s cabana shirts this time, but the idea is the same: these simple shirt-jacks look good with jeans, shorts, and even pants. I was soon ready for my own.

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The Garments for No One Guayabera shirt

So I met the guys behind Garments for No One (GFNO) for a short time at the last Inspiration LA (the one where my car crashed). I didn’t have time to really talk to them because I was madly running around the show hall, but my friends were instantly interested in them. They sold MJ and Andrew chore coats in the end, too! They were just regular LA guys who wanted to make great pieces at a price that most people could pay. I really respect that.

These people are being talked about now because they offered to send me one of their new short-sleeved guayabera shirt if I would write a review of it. I gladly agreed because I liked the style so much but wasn’t sure if I should try one for myself. Their shirts are known for having a slim fit, so they gave me a tan shirt that looks white in a size medium.

A nice sports collar that is wide,When I opened it for the first time, I could feel the fabric. It took about a week to get to me. Even though it’s made of 100% cotton twill, it feels pretty heavy. This is good and bad. It means it can take a hit, but the short arms look funny with it. It got a little softer after being washed, and it will keep getting softer after each wash, so I’m not upset about that.

Since it’s 90F+ in LA in the summer, it can be a little hard to wear, but it’s not too bad. It might be better to wait to wear it until spring, when it gets softer. So, I’d pick cotton over poly-mix any day.

Overall, the quality is pretty good. The guayabera shirt is a little hard to press because of all the extras, but that’s not a big deal since it’s just a casual shirt. It’s not a big deal that there were a few loose threads on the inside. It was time to put on the shirt!

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guayabera shirts

On Me

What I wore for the first time was meant to look like what Ethan Newton wore when I met him in Japan. I fell in love with it right away because Newton mixed casual and sharp suiting in the only way he knew how. I really like how loose he looked, especially since he didn’t tuck in his shirt. As long as you’re used to tucking in your sports shirts like I am, that can be hard. I know that’s the point (since it has hip pockets). That’s why the guayabera is better thought of as a work coat or shirt instead of a guayabera shirt.

I could have done the same thing with a regular sportshirt, but I liked how difficult it was to use the guayabera. As I see it, this guayabera is a challenge because it has more going on than a normal cabana shirt. The features make it look less clean and crisp. The GFNO team made the guayabera shirt with pockets instead of needlework so it could still be worn in many ways. Because of this, it works with my gray stoffa pants and old Stetson in this Newton-inspired outfit.

As an accent piece, I’ve been trying out the regular cream scarf, which is kind of like the flashy scarf. This is a different vibe because it’s more classy (it’s an old dinner dress), but I LOVE it. It turns the outfit into something more than just pants and a sports shirt.

There will be more looks like this, with different pants styles, because I really like them. I’m not sure if the white shirt will look good with pants, but I guess that’s my question. I’m also worried about denim because I think it might look too retro. But I guess that’s why shoes and a scarf will be helpful.

For now, we know that the shirt can be made to look more fitted or like something from Bryceland. If I have the courage, I’d like to see how it looks under one of my cotton suits when I wear it out of the collar.

Next, I wanted to use my casual style and pair the shirt with some wide-leg pants. These are the “seersucker” Uniqlo pants from two years ago. I thought the shirt that wasn’t tucked in and the cropped, too-wide pants were a Japanese-inspired style move. This has been a part of my casual style for a while.

This shows how the shirt fits really well. As opposed to most of the casual shirts I own, this one has a small curve through the body. It’s not too slim, but it is different. Again, it’s not uncomfortable and I like the shape, but I would have liked it to be even tighter. I get that this is probably their main selling point for young people, though, so I understand!

The buttons are the only thing I don’t like. I’m not sure if I should button it because it has a slim fit. Since I always tuck my clothes in, it looks a little funny on me when I wear something that “squirts out” near the end. To get around it, I try to picture it as a long chore coat or even a jacket, since that’s how those things usually work.

It’s a comfy, laid-back outfit, that’s all there is to say about it. Some old Converse sneakers stood out against the cropped shape of the pants because of their chunkier shape compared to my Vans authentics. The bucket hat makes the loose look stand out and takes away the Latin vacation vibe, but I still feel like the outfit is missing something. What if I wore a work coat over it? Or maybe it’s just the short arms that bother me.

Rolling up long arms makes a shirt more flexible and adds something to an outfit. A short-sleeved shirt can only be worn in the spring and summer. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I like having options!

Finally, the guayabera shirt with shorts is a very simple outfit. I like this one more than the last one because the short arms go well with the short pants. There isn’t any fuss here—no hat or scarf—just a very simple outfit that looks like it belongs in the 1930s or 1940s. Instead of penny shoes, tassel loafers were chosen because I liked the way they looked and felt. They were a bit more formal.

Even though a sports shirt tucked in would look the same as most of my gurkha fits, I like how the guayabera looks when it’s not tucked in. It works here because the longer inseam of the shorts draws attention to it. If the shorts were cut or rolled up, it might look too strange.

Okay, I just had to use the scarf with it. Oh no.

In conclusion

It made me happy that I could try the guayabera shirt for myself. All of the sport collar shirts I own, from the classic sport shirt to the holiday aloha, go well with it. This shirt, with its ruffled front and four patch pockets, is more of a practical piece of clothing, like a safari shirt. It’s also a cultural

piece of menswear. The biggest problem is that this guayabera shirt is meant to be worn untucked so that the hip pockets can be used. This is different for me because I normally tuck everything in. It’s easy to get ideas because it’s basically a cabana shirt, which is what the guys at Bryceland like to wear.

I liked the look, but I never really felt like trying it until GFNO asked me if I would like to. Theirs was a 100% cotton twill, which made it a better choice than the many poly-blend ones you could find at Goodwill. It’s a good shirt (with a wide vintage collar!) at a good price that can be worn with a lot of different things, just like Bryceland’s cabana shirts. I haven’t seen if it will soften up more yet. It’s kind of like a work coat or a jungle jacket that you wear on your skin.

Should you want to give it a try, I recommend that you do GFNO guayabera shirt in white. It’s very useful and a good buy for LA wear, though the blue one is a bit of an odd color. Just make sure you get the next size up because it fits pretty slim. There are a lot of other clothes I could wear if not, but I like the idea of having something a little more standard that comes from my city

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