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Gables Style: Guayabera Shopping

3/25/14

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By: Patricia Guarch Wise

I’ve received a few invitations in my day (or seen my parents receive a few invitations) for parties with the dress code “Tropical Chic” or “Guayabera Optional.” Around here, it’s a thing; and we’re focusing specifically on one store in Downtown Coral Gables that specializes in the guayabera, a traditional Cuban garment.

If you’re curious about the history of the guayabera, History Miami has an online exhibit where you can read all about the shirt’s journey from Cuba to Miami.

The shirt is traditionally a men’s linen shirt with “four front pockets and two vertical stripes of pleating,” as described on History Miami’s site, but you’ve probably seen some unique takes on the garment around town. One designer taking tradition into her own hands is Gabriella Arango, who has a boutique right here on Miracle Mile with the specialty garment.

At Gabriella Arango Couture, they have silk, linen and even bridal guayaberas. Personally, I’m partial to the linen shorts and tank top set and the flowy A-line dress. The design is a refreshing blend of traditional and new, with flattering and classic shapes that still feel modern and kind of Bianca Jagger-esque.

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