Your Look Book to Styling Barong Tagalog for Every Occasion

Barong is a timeless essential that sees you through formal occasions, business functions, and special events in style. 

This February, Kultura pays homage to our national attire—the barong tagalog. We bring aspirational Filipino gentlemen to celebrate our heritage in their head-turning style. Check out how they style Kultura Filipino’s Barong Tagalog selection:

Gideon Hermosa

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Cited internationally, Gideon Hermosa is one of the 100 Most Sought After Wedding Planners & Designers in the world. He found luxurious elegance in styling traditional barong tagalog.

He wore a hand-woven piñasilk barong tagalog for men that embody a masterpiece of craftsmanship. The barong features exquisite hand embroidery on the front, sleeves, and back. It’s the perfect formal Barong for gentlemen like Gideon who has a flair for fashion and an eye for intricate detail. 

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There is nothing more modern than mixing barong with a color other than the classic off-white.

For a modern take, follow his lead and opt for a colored barong tagalog. He put on a gray silk cocoon barong with embroidered callado accents.

Chris Koon

traditional barong tagalog

Wearing a dapper piñasilk Barong, the new Ateneo Blue Eagles co-captain Chris Koon dominates off the court, too! An impeccable choice for formal occasions, he wore a traditional barong with floral hand embroidery. It is easy to slip on as it unbuttons down instead of the usual half-button barongs. 

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For a contemporary spin on formal wear, Chris Koon suits up in a crewneck piñasilk barong. This tunic-inspired ensemble features geometric embroidery on the pechera (front of the barong). It has a silhouette that flatters his athletic build while exuding Filipino elegance. Steal this look by pairing it with a cool pair of kicks like Chirs!

Jeffrey Crawford, Jr.

barong tagalog attire

For special occasions, gamer, content creator, and devoted family man Jeffrey Crawford, Jr. reaches for this modern barong in a silk cocoon. Featuring geometric embroidery and a mandarin collar, Jeffrey put his unconventional spin on the look. He tucked it in, rolled up his barong sleeves, and added a pearl bracelet for a delightfully surprising contrast.

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He also celebrates life’s wins in a modern jusi barong tagalog that matches his renegade style. This modern barong tagalog features hand-painted panels, embroidered accents, and a mandarin collar, which he paired with a stack of semi-precious stone bracelets. His styling of our barong did not fail to make a statement in a sea of conventional barongs!

Marco Lobregat

kultura filipino barong tagalog

As seen on producer, entrepreneur, and media personality Marco Lobregat, he chose to suit up in a traditional silk cocoon Barong. This barong tagalog’s design showcases traditional leaf front embroidery inspired by nature.

A style note: silk cocoon is more durable than piñasilk! So this classic piece will be able to accompany you to dressy affairs around the globe for years to come.

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Meanwhile, Marco’s choice of a new modern classic coat Barong redefines how every Filipino gentleman should wear a barong tagalog. This barong has a fully lined organza tailored like a jacket. It is an exquisite choice for contemporary formal wear with a Filipino touch!

Emil Nandres

colored barong tagalog

Raised in the family barong business, Emil Nandres proudly wears a silk cocoon barong as his go-to barong tagalog attire. The barong has understated embroidery on the pechera that exudes dignified elegance.

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This versatile Barong shirt has seen a rise in popularity nowadays. Wear it for work, leisure, and casual occasions. Just like Emil, you can pair a shirt jack with casual pants and sneakers—a new wardrobe classic for the modern Filipino gentleman.

Jiggie Alejandrino

modern barong tagalog

As a portrait and wedding photographer, Jiggie Alejandrino shows how you can wear a tailored barong at formal or casual events. He took on a modern way of styling a black and white coat barong dressed with jeans. Take your cue from Jiggie!

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A formal occasion calls for a classic dapper-looking barong. Step into any event in a timeless, exquisite barong tagalog like Jiggie. 

He wore a full-front embroidered barong made using piñasilk. It also features hand embroidery on the entire pechera, with raya or striped embroidery on the sleeves and back. This classic piece is for personal milestones as memorable as the events he photographs.

Isaac Go

traditional barong tagalog

PBA player and basketball analyst Isaac Go keeps things low-key in this modern minimalist barong in snow organdy. With unfussy asymmetrical embroidery and a contemporary mandarin collar, it’s the perfect statement piece when he wants to look classy but not overly formal.

barong tagalog wedding

Isaac went for a classic piñasilk Barong with hand-embroidered leaves and open-thread work for his second look. This barong does not shy from detailed adornment as it showcases raya embroidery down the sides and sleeves.

Found a style peg among these Filipino gents? Cop their barong tagalog looks with Kultura! Discover more modern barong tagalog for every occasion online via You can also shop at Kultura stores near you.

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