Pelé good: the best Cuban shirts

Make like a ’70s footballer and adopt this retro classic. Edited by Raphaëlle Helmore and Honey Elias

Brazilian footballer Pelé rocks the Cuban shirt
Brazilian footballer Pelé rocks the Cuban shirt | Image: Getty Images

The Cuban collar shirt – characterised by a flat, open collar, short sleeves and boxy fit – has had a resurgence in recent years. Designed to be worn in hot climates, the retro-style shirt is perfect for the summer months and can be adapted to all social occasions – whether worn under a tailored jacket, tucked into high-waisted trousers or left loose and louche. Our top picks include Saint Laurent’s monochrome tropical print version, which echoes the classic Hawaiian shirt, Dolce & Gabbana’s graphic style, reminiscent of those worn in the 1950s, and Gucci and Sunspel’s solid-tone shirts, like those worn by Brazilian footballer Pelé.

Prada drawstring hem shirt, £625, brownsfashion.com
Prada drawstring hem shirt, £625, brownsfashion.com
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Saint Laurent viscose canvas shirt, £435
Saint Laurent viscose canvas shirt, £435
Burberry silk shirt, £850, matchesfashion.com
Burberry silk shirt, £850, matchesfashion.com
Loewe Paula’s Ibiza cotton shirt, £525
Loewe Paula’s Ibiza cotton shirt, £525
Dolce & Gabbana silk shirt, £795
Dolce & Gabbana silk shirt, £795
Hugo Boss cotton shirt, £80
Hugo Boss cotton shirt, £80
Gucci silk shirt, £750
Gucci silk shirt, £750
Nanushka Japanese cotton shirt, €275
Nanushka Japanese cotton shirt, €275
Sunspel cotton towelling shirt, £125
Sunspel cotton towelling shirt, £125
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