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.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/07/cuba-guayabera-official-dress-garment
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.