How to Wear the Barong Tagalog
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While the barong has earned a rep for being old-fashioned and scratchy, when worn right, it is comparable to the suit in terms of style and sophistication. “The barong Tagalog has gone through transformations in fashion. To wear the barong means having a sense of patriotism and elegance with a touch of class,” says Roland Magalang, executive vice president of men’s tailoring shop Bergamo.
Here, the expert shares a few tips on how to wear the barong to earn serious style points.
1| Always Look For Quality
Pure piña fabric is still highly preferred for formal barong Tagalog shirts. But if you’re wearing a barong to the office, Roland advises
2| Go For A Slimmer Silhouette
Gone are the days of loose and ill-fitting barongs that look lousy and sloppy. As Roland says, “Today’s bespoke barong Tagalog is dapper and slimmer in cut, maintaining a classic design but with a modern twist.”
3| Stick To A Simple And Classic Design
For Roland, you don’t need much to nail a classic and elegant look. “The keyword there is simplicity. The barong Tagalog doesn’t need much embellishment. Stick to intricate, tone-on-tone designs and avoid heavy and extravagant embroidery.”
4| Pick Muted Colors
While the formal barong Tagalog is best seen in its natural color, the office barong has slightly more range. As Roland recommends, “For the everyday barong, stick to muted, earthy colors and avoid loud, bright hues.”
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