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Dress Like "Charlie Harper"

Updated on March 2, 2020

Dress like Charlie Harper! Or Do You Want To Copy Manny's (on Modern Family) Cubavera Style!

My husband used to love the TV show Two and a Half Men. I am quite sure that he did not identify with Alan, the younger, geeky brother. I know he did not want to emulate Jake, Alan's kid. So that just left the older brother, Charlie Harper, for him to admire. My man is not a womanizer nor a musician. He does not have a paid maid (unless you count me, his wife, as a paid worker) nor does he drink tiger juice. So what can he like about Charlie? I guess it was the way he dressed! I rather liked Charlie's style--retro casual bowling shirts and cargo shorts, too. (Actually, he liked the humor of the show the best!)

Since Charlie's demise, it seems that the character of Manny Delago from "Modern Family" has picked up the torch for the bowling shirt.

If you like Charlie's and Manny's style, you might be able to find something similar on Keep scrolling down to find some Charlie Harper Shirts you can buy.

Who is Charlie Harper?

He is not real, he is a character on TV--CBS's Two and A Half Men

Charlie Harper is a fictional jingle-writing bachelor living in Malibu. Charlie (formerly the character played by Charlie Sheen before his leaving the series in 2011) is always in cool, casual attire. The 2 and a Half Men's costume designer puts him in comfy retro clothes to reflect his character - laid back and free-spirited. In fact, Charlie has become a virtual catalog for the Hollywood trend of retro fashion. Two-toned, short-sleeved bowling shirts and cabana wear over khaki cargo shorts all gently shout "cool comfort", and Charlie Harper (or Sheen) carries the look off pretty well. He seems most comfortable in camp shirts (basically bowling shirts). CH's look is perfect for his character, who lives in a Southern California beach community.

How much of Charlie Harper's style is Charlie Sheen's? Who can tell? Not me. One thing is certain, the Charlie Harper Style has become identified with Mr. Sheen. I am hoping that Mr. Sheen's personality will not affect the popularity of these classic shirts!

(image from Flickr user XRain.M. "Charlie Harper" is in the front row, left in the black and tan shirt.)

A Classy Bowling Shirt that Charlie would have loved!

Designs by Attila Mens Retro Bowling Shirt, Big & Tall Sizes. Aqua and Black, Size 3XLT
Designs by Attila Mens Retro Bowling Shirt, Big & Tall Sizes. Aqua and Black, Size 3XLT
I love the color combination of this classy Charlie Harper Style shirt! Best of all: Machine Washable! Yes!

Do you recognize Rico Rodriguez aka Manny on "Modern Family"?

Do you recognize Rico Rodriguez aka Manny on "Modern Family"?
Do you recognize Rico Rodriguez aka Manny on "Modern Family"?
Charlie Harper Style Cubavera/Guayabera Shirt
Charlie Harper Style Cubavera/Guayabera Shirt

Manny's Charlie Harper Style

Cubavera or Guayabera Dress Shirts

Because of Manny's Colombian origins, he would naturally be drawn to the retro look of bowling-type shirts that Charlie Harper would wear. I have seen this style called "cubavera" or "guayabera" on the web or on

The Cubavera shirt shown to the right was found on Amazon. It comes in lots of colors.

Not familiar with Two and a Half Men? - Here is a clip from one of my favorite episodes:

The writers from Two and a Half Men and CSI traded jobs. This is video shows a clip from the episode of Two and a Half Men written by the writers of CSI(LasVegas). Enjoy this video about the experience!

Charlie Harper: clothing icon?

Do you think Charlie Harper was a good dresser? I, personally, will miss the clothes that Charlie Sheen wore on Two and a Half Men.

If you have an opinion, be sure to add it to the comments at the bottom of the page.

As far as the shirt below, I love pairing black with classic khaki shorts. My husband loves cargo shorts and, believe it or not, he actually found a use for each pocket! One can never have too many pockets. The new cell phones out there on the market these days, demand big pockets.

Dickies Men's Short-Sleeve Two-Tone Work Shirt, Black/Charcoal, 2X-Large
Dickies Men's Short-Sleeve Two-Tone Work Shirt, Black/Charcoal, 2X-Large
Dickies is a well-known brand. Remember to read any reviews of this product so you will be informed.

Does Television dictate your fashion style?

Do you think that TV shows like Two and a Half Men can influence what we wear?

FYI: if you make a purchase from Amazon because you read this article, I will receive a small compensation.

© 2009 Mickie Gee

Have you ever noticed how Charlie dresses? - Do you like his style?

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    • paperfacets profile image

      Sherry Venegas 

      6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I will have to watch Mr Sheen's new show on TV.

    • steve834 profile image


      7 years ago

      He has a style that never goes out of fashion - as far as men are concerned!

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      7 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I think TV shows affects us on so many fronts that my mind is dizzy. I have never seen the show but I love the shirts. Nice shirt for Dad for Father's Day!

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this bonanza of outfit possibilities. It's like a trip to the movies.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      7 years ago

      @Pat Goltz: That is why I mentioned Manny from the TV show "Modern Family". Thanks!

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      Pat Goltz 

      7 years ago

      From what I have heard, I'm not sure all fathers would appreciate something from the show. Perhaps offering some fashions from some other shows in addition would be a good idea.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      What a fashion statement these clothes have become! They are super comfortable, that is for sure.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      7 years ago

      @Jillynn: I kind of like the template color, too. Fits nicely.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      7 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: No, the show is not the same without Charlie Sheen. We no longer watch it on a regular basis.

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      Mickie Gee 

      7 years ago

      @KANEsUgAr: I am constantly amazed that this page about Charlie is still getting visits. Have you noticed that no one wants to dress like Ashton?

    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 

      7 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great style and I'm sure my older sons are influenced by what Charlie wears on the show. They like that casual look. :-)

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      7 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I hate those shirts & Charlie's shallow lifestyle. Stopped watching before Charlie Sheen has his very public meltdown. We watched once with the new character, but it just seemed a huge waste of our time. Don't like the show, but love you.

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      7 years ago

      I loved the character of Charlie in "Two and Half Men", very entertaining. The serial is fun filled and great to watch.

    • KANEsUgAr profile image


      7 years ago

      Very unique lens, it's amazing how many people like Charlie Harper's style.

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      7 years ago

      I preferred him in his tee shirt and pj bottoms. But I loved the character and the show. Hate that he lost the job. The show just isn't the same without him in it.

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      7 years ago

      This is the first time I'm meeting Charlie, and, yes, television has a huge impact on wardrobes.

    • Jillynn profile image


      7 years ago

      Very witty plus nice blue background!

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      askformore lm 

      7 years ago

      I find Charlie funny, but I don't dress like him

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      7 years ago

      Cute lens on a blue theme! : )

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      7 years ago

      Yes TV serials do effect the fashion trends. It is already in style.

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      7 years ago

      charlie is great... the series isn't the same without him...

    • zentao profile image


      7 years ago

      I always liked his fashion. It is a cool casual. My sideburns aren't as long...but getting close ;)

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      SecondHandJoe LM 

      8 years ago

      I don't know about the sideburns-maybe- but the retro bowling shirts and cargo shorts. . .hell yea!!! I'm a boomer too, and I jumped off the fashion train decades ago!

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      fugeecat lm 

      8 years ago

      His style is great. I think the show lost something when his character left.

    • nyclittleitaly profile image


      8 years ago

      the show is terrible without Charlie

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      8 years ago

      Good clothing fashion collection by Mickie_G thanks for sharing.

    • Scotties-Rock profile image


      8 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Awww, I miss him. The show is not the same. I like the look, it was pure Charlie.

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love the show, but not his style! I like Rose the best anyway. Cute lens!

    • gamecheathub profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      So funny! I just love that show, i'm so sad that it's going to be different now :(

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      Vishwa Perera 

      8 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Hmmmm. Nice lens

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      Cynthia Davis 

      9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the great featured fashions of Charlie Harper. Blessed by a Squid Angel:)

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      9 years ago

      Great lens! I love this show! Can't get enough of it. Too bad Charlie (Sheen) is in rehab again at the moment. Thanks for 'rolling this one to my Sheldon shirts lens. Rolled it back at ya.

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      Paula Morgan 

      9 years ago from Sydney Australia

      too funny - people really want to dress like Charlie

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      9 years ago

      One of my favorite shows. What a great idea for a lens!

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      Tom Fattes 

      9 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I don't think it will affect what I wear, but I do love the show.

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      9 years ago

      I love this lens, great you put this together, every intrestng.

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      10 years ago

      I love Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men.

      What a great idea for a lens!


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      10 years ago

      Two and a Half Men is my favorite sitcom! The writing is witty and the comedic timing is hysterical. While we try not to watch it in front of our 6 year old, he's too quick for us sometimes. When I joke with him about someday having a wife and kids he says he doesn't need a wife - he wants to be like Charlie and let one of his brothers live with him. I'm going to have to start playing The Waltons, or something, instead. ;)

      Cute lens and I love Charlie's style, too. I keep trying to get my older sons to mimic his style - it's casual and charming without being sloppy.

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      Sharon Weaver 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Two and a Half Men is one of my favorites. This is fun and can't believe there are people who haven't seen the show. Guess I'm just a TV nut.

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      Mickie Gee 

      10 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks for the suggestion. I added a video clip form the show and a cast picture.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Fun lens, it would be great to have a picture of Charlie on it for those of us who have never seen Two and a Half Men.

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      Heather Burns 

      10 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      fun! 5*

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      10 years ago

      This is so creative!

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      Addy Bell 

      10 years ago

      What a creative selling lens. I don't watch the show, but I have noticed more of the retro bowling shirt look around lately.

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      10 years ago

      Nice lens and very topical. I saw Paula's lens and didn't realize that bowling shirts were so popular.


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