white guayabera guide

How to Wear and Rock the White Guayabera

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Just like the little black dress in the women's wardrobe, the white guayabera is undoubtedly one of the key pieces in the men's dressing room: a classic that saves you from any situation.

The white guayabera goes with everything, from elegant pants, jeans and sneakers to shorts and swimsuits. From John Wayne to Johnny Deep, and diplomats the world over, the white guayabera is a must-have for everyone.

A must-have for any wardrobe worthy of the name. But clearly, there's no single model of white guayabera for men. In other words, there are different styles for different situations.

Whether it's the collar, the buttons, the material or the sleeves, each detail allows you to adapt it to your specific needs: for work, for an evening out, for a wedding, and so on.

Fortunately, Linen Horse has put together a guide to help you make the right choice.

Today, we review the different points to consider when buying a new white guayabera.

Which fabrics are best?

The main advantage of a man's white guayabera is that it's an essential part of any man's wardrobe. Its neutral look makes it suitable for any occasion, but depending on the fabric chosen, it will be more suited to a particular event.

Typically, the finer the fabric, the dressier the guayabera. For example, cotton is the fabric most commonly used to make a white guayabera. It will therefore work equally well for a formal piece or a more casual model.

A cotton-linen blend is more suited to a casual guayabera. Linen, on the other hand, acts as an intermediary, making it equally at home in both formal and casual wear. While these are the fabrics most commonly used to make a guayabera, there are, of course, many others!

> What you need to know about guayabera fabrics

What details need to be taken into account?

As you can see, the fabric used to make the guayabera will directly determine the style of the piece. But it's not the only criterion! In fact, there are many other details to consider when choosing a garment. We'll be focusing on three major points: the collar, the pockets and the sleeves.

The collar

This is undoubtedly one of the points that most determines the style of a guayabera. The collar of a guayabera plays an essential role in its overall look. You can choose between different collar styles, such as the classic collar, the mao collar or the pointed collar.

Each style brings its own touch of elegance and sophistication to your outfit. Choose a collar that matches your personal style and the occasion for which you'll be wearing your white guayabera.

For example, a mao collar is ideal for a casual look. On the other hand, the classic collar found on almost all guayaberas is ideal for both formal and casual occasions.


Pockets on a guayabera can be both decorative and functional. They add character and practicality to the shirt. You can opt for traditional patch pockets or concealed pockets for a more streamlined look.

Keep in mind the balance between aesthetics and utility when choosing the number and placement of pockets on your white guayabera. For an authentic look, we recommend the traditional cuban guayabera with its 4 pockets. For a more elegant look, you can opt for a guayabera without pockets but with embroidery.


The sleeves of a guayabera can vary in length, offering different options to suit your preferences and the season. Opt for short sleeves for a casual, summery look, or long sleeves for a more formal, elegant look.

Some models also offer roll-up sleeves, allowing you to adjust them to suit your needs. Choose the sleeves that suit your personal style and comfort to complete your wardrobe.

What are the different styles of white guayaberas for men?

White guayaberas can be worn for any occasion! But depending on fabrics and finishes, your white guayabera will be more or less suited to the type of event you're attending.

A. The classic (formal) white guayabera

This is the guayabera that combines all the basics mentioned above. It's made from cotton or linen, has a classic collar, four front pockets and long sleeves. It's the one we buy first, the one that goes with everything, from our linen pants to our favorite jeans and dress shoes. The all-rounder!

B. The white short-sleeved guayabera

The white short-sleeved guayabera is an ideal choice for warm climates and casual occasions. With its short sleeves, it offers greater freedom of movement while retaining its timeless elegance.

Perfect for sunny days and informal events, it pairs harmoniously with brown/camel canvas pants or shorts for chic casual style. Refined details such as delicate embroidery or pearly buttons add a subtle touch of elegance to this classic white short-sleeved guayabera piece.

Cuban short sleeve guayabera

C. The presidential guayabera: a luxury white guayabera

In contrast to the casual short-sleeve guayabera, the presidential guayabera is adorned with exceptional details.

Its lightness and finesse are exceptional. You'll love the softness and feel of the material.

Designed to accompany you through the big moments, this guayabera is distinguished by its high quality, which will give you an unparalleled allure.

D. The white linen guayabera

Linen is this season's star fabric! It's everywhere, from catwalks to ready-to-wear stores. Linen has the advantage of making any summer outfit look chic, even with Bermuda shorts.

The linen we've chosen for you is thick, limiting transparency, improving durability and allowing it to be worn even in the city during the summer.

Daytime look: Beige or colored Bermuda shorts with white linen guayabera or short-sleeved guayabera, espadrilles as shoes, beach towel on arm and off you go for a bit of farniente!

Evening look: Navy blue or khaki linen pants, loafers or espadrilles, white linen guayabera and you're ready to go!

E. White cotton guayabera

Whether you're hitting the road, going 100 miles an hour or dancing the night away, the 100% cotton white guayabera will keep you comfortable in all circumstances.

Its elasticity gives you incomparable freedom of movement and impeccable comfort, so you'll feel like you're in a tee-shirt, especially around the shoulders and waist.

For the look: keep it simple with raw denim jeans and sneakers. For a dressier look, pretty leather shoes will do the trick!

cotton white guayabera

F. The white guayabera in linen and cotton

The cotton-linen blend is the fabric we love for ceremonies and celebrations! Also designed for professional use, the white cotton-linen guayabera will make you an elegant man. Thicker than cotton, this fabric guarantees good opacity and allows you to create a bright white guayabera.

The look > A pair of navy-blue or brown pants. Here, you can opt for a long-sleeved or short-sleeved embroidered model for a casual look.

White guayabera: best practices

The white guayabera is certainly the easiest of the guayaberas to match. But be careful not to make some of these tasteless mistakes.

The first thing to watch out for is the cut. If your guayabera is too wide or, on the contrary, too tight, it will be immediately noticeable. The same goes for the neckline of the guayabera and the length of the sleeves.

At Linen Horse, we're well aware that it's not always easy to know how to get a perfectly cut guayabera. That's why we've put together a sizing guide to help you find the guayabera that fits you like a glove! (or like a guayabera)

You can also check out our article on the different guayabera cuts that make you look your best, whatever your body type, or our article on 5 Reasons Why you should own a Guayabera Shirt.

Where can I find a white guayabera for men?

As usual, we offer a varied selection of white guayaberas for men in our online store. You'll find a range of high-quality models, crafted with care and attention to detail.

Whether you're looking for a classic white guayabera with short or long sleeves, with elegant finishes such as delicate embroidery or mother-of-pearl buttons, our collection will meet your expectations.

You can browse our online store to find the perfect white guayabera to match your style and preferences. Trust our expertise and treat yourself to a quality white guayabera that will add a touch of sophistication to your wardrobe.

And if you'd like to know more, check out this article: Where can i buy a guayabera

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