From Past to Present: The Camp Collar Shirt

Explore the history of the camp collar shirt and discover why it remains one of the classiest choices for summer dressing

The Camp Collar Shirt

The camp collar shirt, also known as a Cuban collar, is synonymous with summer, offering the perfect blend of dressed-up style and casual comfort. Typically made from lightweight materials like linen and cotton, these shirts are ideal for warm days with their airy construction and short sleeves. They are a common sight during sunny getaways or relaxed evenings in the city. Nowadays, the camp collar shirt stands as a summer essential, embodying a hint of relaxed sophistication with an easy, laid-back flair.

Camp collar shirts

The Camp Collar Shirt (Credit)

The Rise of the Camp Collar

Emerging as traditional workwear known as the Guayabera in 16th-century Mexico, this shirt’s lightweight, breathable design and short sleeves proved invaluable during long and tough days under the scorching sun.

Many years later, when the design migrated to Cuba, the Guayabera underwent a transformation. It exchanged its original collar for the wider, more open collar that remains its signature feature to this day.

The Guayabera rapidly became known as the Cuban collar (Camp collar) as we know it today.

As Fidel Castro took control of the country in 1959, many Cubans migrated to the USA, especially to Miami and New York, where the design of these shirts slowly gained interest as a powerful contrast to the American men who spent most of their days in warm offices and classic buttoned-up shirts.

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Colours

The Camp Collar shirt is the perfect summer shirt for those who wish to give their wardrobe a twist with a casual touch. Our new collection offers the option to style your summer suit or spice up your casual garments.

We have selected a couple of colors that we believe will be a hit this summer – White linen, Offwhite Seersucker, White/Brown Butcher stripe, White/Yellow Butcher stripe, White/Blue Butcher stripe

You also have the option to design a custom shirt in your preferred color and fabric from our selection on the website. Discover the collection below:

  • Off-White Seersucker Camp Collar Shirt
    New
    177,52 

    Get ready for the warmer months with our Off-White Seersucker Camp Collar Shirt!
    Crafted from 100% premium quality cotton, this shirt is not only lightweight and breathable but also incredibly comfortable, making it perfect for those long, sunny days.
    The camp collar shirt is synonymous with summer and provides you with the opportunity to dress up while maintaining a casual appearance.

  • White Linen Camp Collar Shirt
    New
    177,52 

    Get ready for the warmer months with our White Linen Camp Collar Shirt!
    Crafted from 100% premium quality linen, this shirt is not only lightweight and breathable but also incredibly comfortable, making it perfect for those long, sunny days.
    The camp collar shirt is synonymous with summer and provides you with the opportunity to dress up while maintaining a casual appearance.

  • White:Blue Butcher Stripe Camp Collar Shirt
    New
    177,52 

    Get ready for the warmer months with our Butcher Stripe Camp Collar Shirt!
    Crafted from 100% premium quality linen, this shirt is not only lightweight and breathable but also incredibly comfortable, making it perfect for those long, sunny days.
    The camp collar shirt is synonymous with summer and provides you with the opportunity to dress up while maintaining a casual appearance.

  • White:Brown Butcher Stripe Camp Collar Shirt
    New
    177,52 

    Get ready for the warmer months with our Butcher Stripe Camp Collar Shirt!
    Crafted from 100% premium quality linen, this shirt is not only lightweight and breathable but also incredibly comfortable, making it perfect for those long, sunny days.
    The camp collar shirt is synonymous with summer and provides you with the opportunity to dress up while maintaining a casual appearance.

  • White:Yellow Butcher Stripe Camp Collar Shirt
    New
    177,52 

    Get ready for the warmer months with our Butcher Stripe Camp Collar Shirt!
    Crafted from 100% premium quality linen, this shirt is not only lightweight and breathable but also incredibly comfortable, making it perfect for those long, sunny days.
    The camp collar shirt is synonymous with summer and provides you with the opportunity to dress up while maintaining a casual appearance.

Styling Options

carlos domord at pitti uomo wearing taupe beige striped suit and a linen camp collar shirt

The camp collar shirt is here to stay, as it offers a casual twist for the formal setting and a formal twist for the casual settings.

Use different colours to stand out in casual situations and opt for the white linen when you want to add a bit of spice to your suits. For the most part, you would use a shirt like this with your favorite pair of summer trousers or shorts to create a stylish casual retreat kind of look.

Carlos, a good friend of the house, shows you how cool it can be with a suit. He personally decided to go for a double-breasted suit with stripes. Keeping the shirt in a solid color is a brilliant option when your suit is loud like the one Carlos is wearing. This is a great example of suits being something fun and unique that can be styled in many different directions without compromising your personal style.

Questions about Camp Collar Shirts

What is a Camp Collar shirt?

A Camp Collar shirt, also known as a Cuban Collar or revere collar shirt, is characterised by its open, flat collar with no collar band. It’s often associated with vintage and retro styles, reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s.

How should I style a Camp Collar shirt?

Camp Collar shirts offer versatility in styling. They can be dressed up with a summer suit for a relaxed yet sophisticated look, or they can be worn casually with shorts or chinos for a laid-back vibe. They also pair well with denim jeans or linen trousers for a more relaxed aesthetic.

What is the difference between a Camp Collar and a Cuban Collar shirt?

There is no difference between Camp Collar and Cuban Collar shirts. Both terms refer to the same style of shirt charactericed by an open, flat collar with no collar band, evoking a vintage and retro aesthetic.

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