What Do Cuban People Wear?

Traditional Cuban clothing includes rumba dresses and Guayabera shirts and dresses. However, many people in Cuba also wear modern clothing styles on an everyday basis.

Traditional Cuban clothing draws from African and European influences. Styles draw heavily from the country's history as a Spanish colony and from its multicultural population. Women's styles feature light fabrics, bright colors, lots of ruffles and embroidery. Men traditionally dress in cotton shirts and pants.

The rumba dress, also known as the Bata Cubana, is a well-known style of women's clothing. This type of dress is prominent in rumba and salsa dance performances.

The Guayabera shirt is another famous traditional garment. It is also popularly known as the Mexican wedding shirt and it is a well-known style in many other countries. This type of shirt is made of natural fibers such as linen or cotton, which let the skin breathe in hot weather. It has two or four pockets and is always worn untucked. Some shirts feature elaborate embroidery.

The Guayabera dress is a women's version of the Guayabera shirt. Some styles are fairly similar to the men's version of the style, featuring long sleeves. However, many women also wear halter or off-the-shoulder styles.

Although many people still wear traditional clothing for special occasions, festivals or celebrations, many Cubans prefer to wear modern clothing on an everyday basis. Although Cuba bans foreign clothing imports, many private clothing sellers manage to access imports from other countries, which feature modern fabrics and cuts.