Finding a dress to wear for a special occasion can sometimes be a stressful task—what more when you're attending a Filipino-themed wedding (or office function) where you're advised to come in wearing a terno. Chances are, you don't readily have this traditional piece in your closet.
Locally, Kultura is one of the most widely-known stores to shop for terno and barong, especially since it's easily accessible through SM malls. The local brand includes both traditional and modern designs so you're sure to find lots of options here!
Invest in this Filipiniana that you can reuse a thousand times—just wear it with different trousers! For a semi-formal occasion, try pairing it with a dressy pair of cigarette pants, or if you're attending a more formal affair, team it up with a floor-length skirt (it comes with a matching skirt which you can get for P14,999.75).
TRY: Kultura Filipino Terno Top With Cutwork Embroidery, P7,499.75, available in Kultura Filipino stores
This sleeveless barong top for women in an ombre pink hue is too pretty. Team it up with white pants to let the dainty color of the top stand out.
TRY: Kultura Filipino Ombre Jusi Top P4,799.75, available only in Kultura Filipino's store in Makati
Kultura offers barong-style dresses too:
TRY: Kultura Filipino Jusi Full Callado Barong Dress, 9,999.75, available in Kultura stores
Filipiniana's do not come cheap, so you might want to invest in something that you won't only wear once or twice. This Valenzuela-based clothing brand's Filipino-themed creations won't just look elegant for evening affair, but even on a regular day at work, too. The brand incorporates details of traditional Pinoy clothing like butterfly sleeves to casual, everyday pieces like boleros.
Here's a barong-inspired top made from cocoon fabric that you can wear with a long skirt for formal occasions, or a denim skirt for a classy office look:
TRY: Tygie Emily Cocoon Blouse, price available upon request, available online
If you're looking for something classic, this terno in an elegant champagne hue will hit the spot:
TRY: Tygie Miriam BS Gown, price available upon request, available online
3. Gown Rental Manila
Renting a Filipiniana is the ideal route for those looking to save some closet space—and extra cash! Pay Gown Rental Manila's studio a visit in Cainta where you can fit and rent a selection of embellished Filipiniana gowns and barong-inspired dresses. P.S. Store visits are strictly by appointment only, so be sure to message them online to set a fitting date!
TRY: Gown Rental Manila Jusi-Pina Barong by Tesoro's, price available upon request, available online
4. Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel
If a formal floor-length terno is what you're after, this rental shop has many options, and you'll only need to shell out at least P1,500 to borrow them!
Browse and order their collection online or book an appointment at their Makati studio here. (P.S. They dry clean the apparel before pick-up or delivery so you can cross that off the list of things you need to worry about.)
TRY: Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel Long Gown with Butterfly Sleeves, P2,800 (overnight rent), available online
5. Jearson Demavivas
If you're leaning towards getting your outfit custom-made (especially when you can't seem to find the perfect size in-store), Jearson Demavivas' expertly tailored, modern creations are worth checking out.
He's the Pinoy designer behind Catriona Gray's #PinoyPride OOTDs (including her striking national costumes!).
Jearson likes to fuse modern cuts with traditional and even indigenous fabrics.
Here's a sample of a modern barong with dainty embellishments he recently made for Catriona:
The local designer's elegant barongs look even more stunning when paired with a floor-length ball skirt:
Wearing this custom-made modern Filipiniana detailed with scallop-like pleats is one sure-fire way to stand out at any Filipino-themed occasion:
You can contact Jearson online here.