Barong Tagalog for the Groom
WHAT SUITS YOU?
In choosing the right barong, the first thing to establish is your objective. Usually, we encounter 2 objectives from grooms:
1. Function: I want a nice, well-fitting, and comfortable barong (thin/light/heavy/thick fabric depending on the season of the year or weather given a specific date and location).
2. Distinction: I want to stand out.
Those who are not so familiar with Barong Tagalog usually end-up achieving just one of the two objectives. Depending on the objective, one may end up being comfortable and typical or end up being a stand out with expensive Barong Tagalog. Actually, one can achieve both without spending a lot. But if you really want to stand out with an overwhelming presence, then, spending a little more is not bad at all. Please consider the following.
A classic or traditional barong will definitely give you ultimate comfort because the fabric is very light. Furthermore, you can also wear this type of barong every chance you get so you’ll get more out of the money you’ll spend on the barong. As you know, a formal barong's fabric is thin and semi-transparent that’s why with a traditional barong, we recommend that you wear a custom-made long sleeve Camisa de Chino that complements the natural color of the barong fabric and is designed to be worn untucked for a seamless look.
Hand-Embroidered Piña-Silk Classic Barong (Pechera Style)
Classic Raya Style Barong is definitely eye-catching with embellishments in the front, back, and sleeves. This is also not common so it will give you a distinction especially with an untucked custom-tailored long sleeve undershirt that will complement the natural color of the barong fabric. For a more sophisticated look, you can further upgrade a raya barong to a raya front all-over calado barong (full calado on the front panel) or raya all-over calado barong (full calado on the front, back, and sleeves as well as the collar, cuffs, and placket).
Classic Pechera Style Barong is more subtle making it less expensive than raya. The main embellishments are on the front panel with scattered minor embellishments on the sleeves and the back panel. This is the most common style of barong worn by the majority. One can still stand out and appear classy and elegant if the fabric is piña and if complemented with a custom-tailored long sleeve undershirt designed to be worn untucked. If you are providing the barongs for your entourage, you can have them wear a traditional tucked undershirt or you can have them wear barongs with less expensive fabrics such as cocoon or jusi.
See also Heritage Barong Design Terms
If your objective is to truly stand out with a modern look, then, the coat barong (also called barong suit) is the best option for you. This has the same material as classic barong but has a different cut and thicker linings somewhat similar to a suit jacket or coat. This is also suitable for cold weather with a thicker finish. Moreover, you can wear thermal clothing or you can do layering underneath without exposing it.
Hand-Embroidered Piña-Silk Coat Barong (Raya Style)