What’s a guayabera, exactly?

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The origins of the guayabera span the globe: Cuba, Spain, Mexico and the Philippines all claim the honor. The name “guayabera” derives from guayaba pickers on nineteenth-century Latin American plantations. The classic worker’s shirt had two pin-tucked borders, four pockets, and a roomy fit suitable for a day of work on the plantation. Today’s guayabera might have contrasting borders and embroidery, a collar you can button or not, and short sleeves or long, depending on season or occasion. The modern interpretation transcends occasion - they work or play with equal aplomb. And like the Aloha shirt, the guayabera has become an American classic.


Natural cotton, linens and blends make our guayaberas uniquely good-looking and comfortable to wear. See a selection of options >>

Wedding Parties

Coordinating guayaberas set a romantic tone with a relaxed, tropical vibe. See a selection of photos >>

About Our Designer

Caroline Matthews brings the practical and the beautiful together in the luxury art of the tailor-made shirt. How it all began >>


Dos Carolinas has expanded to add a Houston boutique, centrally located in River Oaks. Maps, hours and locations >>