Definitive Guide to Wearing a Barong Tagalog

Below are five ways to gain prominence in a Barong Tagalog:

1. THE FABRIC. The fabric is the most important element in constructing a Barong Tagalog. It greatly affects the look of the barong in a way influencing the appearance of the person wearing it. Each fabric has its own individual character and charm. Therefore, a wise choice of fabric can result in an exquisite fashion that can be carried over into the way you carry yourself. To know more about barong fabrics, please click here.

2. THE DESIGN. There are countless designs to choose from and to help you narrow them down, we have classified our designs into three types (classic, ethnic, and geometric) that can be further combined to create a style (pechera, raya, or all over) that may or may not conform to a regular form or structure. If you want to appear subtle or if you want to wear the same barong every chance you get, then, keeping your barong understated with a pechera style is the best option. However, if you want to appear sophisticated, you can always go with a raya or all over barong. To know more about barong designs, please click here.

3. THE EMBROIDERY. This is somewhat related to the fabric. The overall value of a barong is greatly affected by the fabric and the type of embroidery used (whether made by hand, combination of hand and machine, or just machine). The fabric and the type of embroidery can complement or can devalue each other. To get it right, just remember, hand embroidery goes well with piña, cotton-abaca, and cocoon. It also goes well with jusi if the design type is ethnic. Machine embroidery, on the other hand, goes well with cocoon and jusi. To know more about barong embroideries, please click here.

4. THE FIT. A barong with a perfect fit feels better and looks better. This will give you added confidence that will allow you to project the most positive version of yourself. To know more about the perfect barong fit, please click here.

5. THE UNDERGARMENT. The undergarment is usually overlooked but this is one important aspect that can make or break your overall appearance in a Barong Tagalog. Remember, the transparency of the barong makes your undergarment visible so wearing an off the rack Camisa de Chino does not make you look seamless because your body is cut in half with your undergarment tucked in your slacks and with your barong untucked. This becomes worse with a white short-sleeve shirt increasing the contrasts. To address this problem, choose a custom-tailored long-sleeve Camisa de Chino that will complement the natural color of your barong and wear it untucked. If you prefer to wear a coat barong instead of a traditional barong, then, an off-the-rack long sleeve cotton shirt to be tucked in your slacks is a better option.

These pointers will surely help you gain prominence in a Barong Tagalog. However, don't forget that the most important thing that can make or break your overall appearance is still your self-confidence.