Vintage cars, quaint cafes and a general air of leisure (and Cuban cigars) is what comes to mind when you think of Havana, the heart of Cuba. This rich capital with its vibrant personality and flamboyant-meets-relaxed style serves as inspiration for our spring-summer 2017 wardrobes (seriously, so refreshing). Think unexpected silhouettes, tablecloth checks, ditsy florals and an old world charm that stirs up a little nostalgia and quite an adventure- kind of like Chanel’s Resort 2017 collection, Havana Ball. The open-air show set against the backdrops of Cuban streets showcased a vibrant range of Cuban inspired ensembles laden with local motifs, old-school silhouettes, guayaberas (traditional Cuban shirts with flat pleats), retro car prints, souvenir T-shirts and colours straight out of a carnival. The general vibe? Comfortably dapper.
Taking cues from the laidback yet vibrant lifestyle, your Havana inspired roster channels a casual yet formal look that sways between day to night effortlessly. Retro silhouettes, prints that show some joie de vivre, lightweight cotton linen blends, and easy utility details help lay out a spread that’s perfect for days spent lounging at cafes and sun-downers.
If you want to get your look on point, then consider wearing a Cuban collar shirt that’s off late found a nice little spot next to fedora hats (read: beachside essentials). The iconic collar has become one of this season’s most coveted styles and underpins a retro look a la Leonardo Di Caprio in Romeo & Juliet. A white cotton Cuban collar shirt can be paired down with chinos and loafers or driving shoes for a versatile look while a printed version can be worn loosely with shorts and leather sandals.
You can also opt to be a little touristy in style by giving your souvenir T-shirt a cool update. Pair it down with cotton shorts and espadrilles or boat shoes for a truly vacay look that’s got cool comfort written all over it. Or layer it under a bomber jacket paired with chinos and white sneakers for an edgier look. These key looks are perfect to get you through summer and might even trigger your wanderlust for chilled-out summer escapades. For now relax, roll up your trousers, and push back your sleeves pronto. The only sartorial rule to follow under the sun this season: nonchalance.