Ankle espadrilles, madras short shorts, and more compartments than a Boeing 747, oh yes there is quite a lot going on with Gary Cooperâ€™s outfit in the photo above, but for now letâ€™s all shift our attention over to John Wayneâ€™s more approachable attire.
While that cowboy hat probably deserves a post all its own, Wayneâ€™s Guayabera shirt is the real winner of this shot. When this photo was snapped back in Acapulco during the forties, Guayaberaâ€™s were ubiquitous throughout Mexico, but itâ€™s tough to discern where exactly they come from. The most popular origin story is that sometime in the late 18th or early 19th centuries a farmerâ€™s wife sewed four pleated pockets onto the front of his shirt so that he could easily store guavas (hence the name) while out in the fields. Whether thatâ€™s true or not, no one really knows, but the Guayaberaâ€™s merits are without question.
The sweltering heat of summer can force us into the lose-lose scenario between either not having enough pockets, or sweating through a superfluous layer. A Guayabera solves this conundrum instantly, by marrying pocket practicality with a breathable design. There is a catch tough – classic Guayaberas are not cut to contemporary standards. Theyâ€™re often billowy, overly ornate, or just plain tacky. So, if you manage to find one that actually fits, hold onto it, because for the summer nothing holds quite like a Guayabera.