What do Cubans wear?
Replies: 40 - Last Post: Apr 27, 2013 3:09 PM Last Post By: dontomas
Apr 19, 2013 9:46 AM
15Hello from Havana lucybelle,
It's hot and humid here during the day, and breazey (is that how it's spelled?) at night. For sightseeing and general hanging-out think sporty-casual. Shorts, lycra, flip-flops, summer dresses, all are totally acceptable (though I strong recommend sensible comfortable shoes for sightseeing!!!)
For going-out at night, "the little black cocktail dress" is a no-lose option for most women.
Generally speaking Cuban woman are flambouyant dressers, so showing skin, showing-off one's figure (even when better not shown-off) and generally letting one's freak flag fly are accepted here.
Feel free to get in touch with more questions.
Apr 19, 2013 9:58 AM
16The point about wearing strong, comfortable shoes is an important one.
This is just me (I do A LOT of walking in Havana, miles and miles every day), its different at the beach but in Havana I never wear sandals (flip flops), just because of the numerous unexpected obstacles and often dangerous conditions in the streets. Without providing too much info, I once sliced my toe open on a piece of protruding rusty metal in the street, never again will I go for open toe
Apr 20, 2013 6:58 AM
Apr 20, 2013 4:30 PM
18It very much depends on where you will go and what kind of Cubans you will meet. In touristy salsa places where the usual uneducated golden-teeth chulos and prostitutes go, dressing up is somewhat...eccentric. You go to a rock club or a university feast or a jazz club and it's a different story. Show up like ahooker at 23 y G for example and you can expect to be booed by the black-dressed, converse shoed alternative rock crowd that hangs out there.
Havana has its "dress races" like any other city in the world. Except for Cubans are much more tolerant imo.
Apr 20, 2013 6:05 PM
Apr 21, 2013 8:23 AM
20As for males it depends a lot on age. Cuban like dressing well and be clean. If they have the money they top up with gold and glittery, designers' cloths and outfit (who cares about fake). Young men do a lot of weight lifting, and therefore need small T-shorts. But their shoe fashion is admireable. I think that DG, NIKE and ADDIDAS have invented all their vintage shoes just to please the Cuban market. Men of my age wear blue jeans, polished shoes and chequered shirts and base ball caps.
But i question whether Cubans have a dress code that is suited to the tropics (their geographical counterparts live in Sahara). Cubans dress according to the climate where their forefathers came from, and seem not to willing or able to adapt to the need of protecting themselves from the killing Cuban sun, the high temperatures and humidity in some places.
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Apr 21, 2013 3:20 PM
23What do Cubans wear?
Shiny and Sparkly are 2 descriptive words that right away come to my mind.
I just got back from a Cuba trip and at one point we were at a resort and I could not help but notice some oldish tourist lady of about 75 wearing a mini-skirtish dress that was way too tight and more suitable for her daughter's grand-daughter. I thought to myself, "that is quite pitiful-looking indeed", only too have my Cuban gal G beside me, say, "she is so suave in that!" I hope that she was talking about the dress only because ahhh....
Another Cuba dress code conversation that we had was when a similarly oldish tourist woman went topless at the pool bar that kind of disgusted my amiga/amor. I don't know if it was because she was topless or that she was a bit on the saggy side but G was none impressed to say the least. Could be that we saw this same dame completely "au buff" on her balcony earlier that day that finally got her exasperated.
Apparently Cubans never do and never did go nuda at the beach. She finds it hard to believe that people go "au natural" on the beach in many other countries and couldn't imagine doing that herself, but she thinks nothing of wearing bikini bottoms that show almost every inch and curve of her bella bottom much to my chagrin and to the delight of other men on-lookers!
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Apr 25, 2013 8:15 AM
29#28. Caney. I don't know from what platform you do your posting, but all TV channels monitor the number of viewers they have and adapt their programs to people's interest to stay viable. TV channels are usually good meassures of people's or their viewers' interest. Whether that is the case for Cuba I do not know, I do not know whether there is any need to monitor the count of their viewers but when the novelas go on the air in Cuba, the entire nation sit glued to their balances in front of the TV. Even a foreigner can tell that.
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