I’m wearing a popular shirt in Panama known as the “Guayabera”. It’s main characteristic is that it has four pockets; two on the upper side and two at the bottom. They are made of a very soft material such as cotton and very comfortable and cool to wear in the hot climate of the Tropics.
The guayabera is a men’s shirt popular in the Caribbean region of Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and throughout Africa. It is also known as a “Wedding Shirt”.
Guayabera may come from a Cuban legend that tells of a poor countryside seamstress sewing large patch-pockets onto her husband’s shirts for carrying guava (guayabas) from the field. Guayabera may also have originated from the word yayabero, the singular nickname for those who lived near the Yayabo River in Cuba.
In my wardrobe I have ten guayaberas in several colors; (e.g., cream, light green and white). Most of the time I’m wearing a white guayabera with short sleeves, like the one in the picture above. Perfect for our warm and humid climate in Panama. Good Day.