Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cuba adopts "official dress garment"

In the revolution's heyday an olive-green uniform was the favoured official garment but Cuba has now embraced a looser, floppier look: the guayabera.

The foreign ministry has ordered officials to wear the pleated shirt, which has four big pockets and is worn untucked, to state functions. A resolution which was made law today made the guayabera an official dress garment, AP reported.

"The guayabera has been a part of the history of our country for a long time and constitutes one of the most authentic and legitimate expressions of Cubanism," the resolution said.

Male officials must wear white, long-sleeved versions at state events but women can vary colour and style. The shirt, normally linen or cotton, is considered ideal for humid, tropical climates.

I can't think of a better example of intrusive government with no respect for individual choice, opinion or taste.

Unfortunately, Cuba has a dictatorial regime which adopts an official mandatory garment . . . and, unfortunately, we have an administration that includes admirers of the Cuban dictator who tells people what they must wear.

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