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Wearing Barong Tagalog for men has long been a symbol of love and respect for our country’s culture and traditions. Sadly, it’s been put aside for being old-fashioned men’s apparel, resulting in some favoring suits over time.
Today, there are many designers reinventing Barong Tagalog for men, adapting to modern taste and trends. So, if you want a barong for any physical or virtual event, these tips will help you wear it in the classiest and most comfortable way possible:
Choose a quality fabric. Abaca, Piña, Piña-Silk, Jusi, and Cocoon Silk are the most popular barong materials. Each has its character and charm—which primarily differs in thickness, transparency, or sheen.
Look for neutral colors and simple embroidery. When it comes to investing in barongs, timeless designs are definitely worth your money. Go for traditional, ethnic, contemporary, or combination. Just make sure not to overdo it and maintain its simplicity and elegance.
Mind the undershirt. Apart from the aesthetics, staying cool is vital to wear your barong well. Your undershirt or Camisa de Chino should complement your barong to make everything look seamless. For this, pick an undershirt with a natural, matching color or light, long-sleeves to avoid visual contrasts.
Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll surely be ready for your next Barong Tagalog event. Don’t forget to wear it with confidence and you’re good to go!