Because the barong, the traditional formal dress of Filipino men, is worn only a very few times, you have to get it right.
The quick and dirty rules are to keep the fit trim, the color fair, and the embroidery simple.
Also, and this is very important, wear with a camisa de chino. We like a long-sleeve shirt that provides an uninterrupted canvas of white under the translucent piña or jusi barong.
At today's SONA, we're glad to say that the men (and women) did not disappoint. More important than style, the right and proper attire also honors the importance of the ocassion. No matter which side of the fence you sit on, you have to admit that this is good.
See for yourself: