Filipiniana-themed weddings are a breath of fresh air. Let's face it: It's not every day that you get to see a crowd of people dressed in handwoven, symbolic textiles, and distinctively local silhouettes. Thus, if you get the chance to attend such a celebration, make sure to source gorgeous garments from homegrown producers.
If hearing the word "Filipiniana" still conjures up memories of your high school's annual Buwan ng Wika and periodic field trips to anthropology museums, consider it time to reboot your perspective. Local outfits do not have to be equal costumes, and these outfits are proof. We've rounded up some wedding attendee looks, as well as where you can shop them. Take a look:
Stylish guest outfits for Filipiniana-inspired weddings:
For weddings that adhere to a more traditional, formal aesthetic: Play off the barong tagalog or the classic terno silhouette.
Balik Batik's garments are all 100% handwoven and hand-embroidered by the Itneg, an ethnic group from Abra. The Itneg have a tradition of embroidering symbols and icons on their clothes, so you're sure to find a garment that speaks to you. You'll find butterfly-sleeved blouses in a multitude of colorways, as well as blazers, jackets, scarves, and skirts—essentially everything you need to put together a stylish outfit.
1. Merge the masculine and feminine! Wear a barong tagalog paired with a handwoven skirt and a colorful pump.
2. Keep it classy with terno co-ords, a lilac top, a woven mask, and simple black heels.
Shop Balik Batik here.
Attending a hip wedding? Add a playful Filipiniana touch to a modern boho ensemble.
Anthill Fabric similarly produces custom pieces from textiles handwoven by artisans in Abra. They specialize in highly stylable pieces that you'll be able to wear regularly, outside of formal events. Their overall aesthetic is quite youthful, too, so if you're worried that wearing Filipiniana-inspired garb will make you look too stern or mature, make sure to check out their pieces before coming to any conclusions!
3. Wear a solid-colored Filipiniana-inspired top and a colorful striped midi skirt with a panel that mimicks a tapis. Finish the look with fresh earrings and comfortable strappy heels.
4. For beach celebrations, consider wearing a multicolored tiered handwoven skirt with a breathable cami and simple slides.
Shop Anthill Fabric here.
If you will be attending a wedding in a lovely historic venue, you may opt to wear true vintage pieces, such as reworked pinafores made from vintage skirts, or divine dresses from the 1970s.
You may take this as an opportunity to invest in a storied, pre-loved piece that you will treasure for a long time. The highly sought-after haunt Glorious Dias offers vintage archival gems that are one of a kind– you're not going to find pieces like theirs anywhere else. Since you'll be visiting a historic site, why not complete the energy by donning something from the 1970s or even earlier?
5. Imagine this reworked vintage pinafore worn over a neutral woven dress. It will yield delectable personality when paired with abaca accessories.
6. For a wedding in a colonial-era church, grab a lovely vintage gown and pair it with a piña shawl.
Shop Glorious Dias here.
Weddings aren't all serious– if the theme permits, why not step out and flaunt powerful prints and fearless silhouettes?
For garden cermonies and/or intimate hotel receptions, opt to don vibrant skirt suits and modern terno gowns like these ones from Filip + Inna. The textiles are again handwoven by artisans from various provinces, and the garments are evidently constructed with top-grade craftsmanship. Their flavor is resplendently local, and any wedding guest would dream of wearing their pieces.
7. Wear a gown, but with pants. This gorgeous terno dress splits in the middle, revealing trousers and comfy flats. So luxurious and cool.
8. Local weaves don't always have to come in serious greens, reds, and blues. This dress and bolero were handwoven by T'boli artisans, and they're perfect for those who prefer pastel shades.
9. By all means, clash prints. Wear a patterned top, a patterned coat, and a patterned knee-length skirt. Finish it off with a heavy heritage necklace and let your outfit sing.
Shop Filip + Inna here.
When in doubt, select a classy dress in a standard silhouette and a solid color. You'll never go wrong with butterfly sleeves and a monochromatic motif.
Handwoven Beauty customizes garments out of 100 weave designs. If you're looking to design your own outfit, head on over to their shop and take a look at the textile inventory! You'll undoubtedly be able to rewear their pieces because they come in the most classic, regal silhouettes.
10. Wear a classic terno dress with elegant teardrop earrings and a gold watch.
Shop Handwoven Beauty here.
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