A garden party, business meeting or some festival flare - how can one shirt have so many places it feels at home? The Cuban collar is one of the most versatile shirts going. Thanks to its rich cultural history, making it the perfect investment piece for classic style.
While we are mostly inside waiting for this time to pass, we have put together a guide of our favourite feel-good, vibrant and fresh pieces. We hope they will add some extra sunshine through your windows and a taste of the summer we all look forward to.
This SIRPLUS collection pays homage to the Cuban’s utilitarian 18th-century roots and it’s subsequent migration to the signature staple of gentlemen's formalwear. It then travelled continents to be worn by political leaders and 50’s film stars alike - asserting its place as the timeless, dynamic and breathable essential for any wardrobe.
With a nod to this impressive past, our collection sports all the hallmarks of a classic Cuban whilst incorporating our favourite Spring/Summer 2020 influences. Traditional never looked so good.
Here’s our guide to making the most of this versatile slice of modern history.
Sport With Shorts - The Yellow Havana
It’s a classic combination with added zest. Inspired by SS20’s colour palette, our soft marl yellow gives the Cuban a fresh and vibrant update. Crafted from a cotton-linen blend, it’s cut for a relaxed and casual fit, with an open camp collar and single jet pocket. Make the most of this tried and tested look by pairing with a tailored short. A streamlined approach will make the most of the Cuban’s broad cut. Keep things simple in the footwear department and go for white trainers or boat shoes to complete this effortless look.
Fresh Formalwear - The White Oahu
Our modern take on the Cuban's founding father - the Guayabera. Originally worn by 18th-century field workers, legend has it they were first created for carrying a guava ("guayaba") in each pocket. Our take features the traditional four-pocket design, guava’s optional of course. Crafted from lightweight self-stripe cotton and cut generously with an open camp collar, it fastens with sustainably-sourced corozo buttons. The perfect companion to fresh new-season formalwear. Pair untucked with our Navy Linen Casual Trouser, a substantial but lightweight cotton-linen blend featuring an all-new tapered fit. You’ll have yourself the perfect go-to for garden parties or a late summer BBQ, proof that the Cuban collar is versatile no matter what the occasion.
Layering With Liberty - The Tresco Print
A vibrant watercolour of flowers, ferns and succulents from the historic Abbey Gardens of Tresco Island, courtesy of Liberty London in their super-soft cotton. Botanicals featured heavily in our SS20 inspiration and Liberty seem to agree. Thanks to the open collar, these shirts are perfect alone or worn unbuttoned over a tee. The ideal way to dip your toe into a bold summer print, pair the Tresco with our classic 100% organic cotton White T-shirt. Another great addition to our first unisex collection, the women of SIRPLUS have their eyes on the smaller sizes, pairing it with their favourite cropped jean.