These are barong tagalog you can wear on formal occasions such as weddings, graduations, and other special events.
Please note: Our barongs are authentically made in the Philippines. We use PH/Asian sizing. Please order a size up from your US/Western size.
Only a small percentage of the world knows what a Barong Tagalog is. It is not only a cherished garment, it defines a nation through its creation. It embodies the art of rare artisans of embroidery and weaving. It gives men an excuse to wear something beautiful, yet it is still masculine.
The Barong Tagalog also known simply as “Barong” or originally as “Baro ng Tagalog” (dress of the Tagalog) is the Official Filipino National attire. It has a similar cut to a men’s dress shirt but comes in varied natural fabrics such as Jusi, Pina, and Abaca. It can be long or short-sleeved with various collars, colors, embroideries, appliques, and/or paintings. It is predominantly worn by men, but there are female variations as well.
Though similar garments were worn before it, it's rumored that the Barong originates from the Spanish era when Filipinos were forced to wear see-through clothing to deter them from hiding any weapons on their person. Also worn untucked, though it makes any fabric more suitable for tropical weather, some believe it was to convey a lower class than the Spaniards. And though it may have started as a symbol of oppression, it became such a staple in the Filipino culture and wardrobe that it was honored by Presidents Manuel Quezon and Ferdinand Marcos as the national attire.
Today, barongs are worn in the workplace and most importantly at special occassions such as weddings, debuts (a Filipina girl’s special 18th birthday), fiestas, political functions, and any other formal events. Many fashion designers have also embraced it by adding it to their collections and putting their own spin on this true classic.