How to take a cool fabric and make it cooler: Add holes. Eyelet cotton, characterized by tiny openings throughout the fabric that have been embroidered around the perimeter, is popular in the Caribbean for natural ventilation during the summer months. The fabric is also used to make traditional Cuban guayabera shirts — dressy button-downs styled with two vertical front pleats and frequently embroidered with colorful threads.
One we like:
- Gitman Vintage Camp-Collared Embroidered Cotton Guayabera Shirt [$185; www.mrporter.com]