Ah, organza—you've seen it before for sure! Either as your titas’ formalwear or your lola’s sheer curtain. There's always been that misconception that wearing this fabric would make you look, well, not en vogue at best and manang at worst. Fast forward to today, though, you'll notice that organza pieces are present in almost every top fashion retailer’s collection. Now that’s definitely a sign that you ought to give this trend a chance, right?
A sheer and delicate fabric just like tulle and chiffon, organza has a "stiffer-looking" appearance that affords it more volume. No longer just reserved for evening affairs, the now-trendy fabric is actually more versatile than it seems. Below, some tips on how you can wear organza for different occasions:
1. Opt for puff sleeves.
Butterfly sleeves inspired by the traditional Filipiniana have been making a comeback lately. The trick is to keep it sleek and modern to avoid looking like you’re dressed for a cultural show. You can also go for a more whimsical vibe by picking out a piece in soft pastel hues.
Milan top, P1895, UNDO CLOTHING, undoclothing.com
Polka dot organza top, P2295, ZARA, SM Megamall
Top with organza sleeves, P2495, ZARA, SM Megamall
2. Coordination is key.
Who says you can’t wear organza on a sunny day? These coords from Mango beg to differ. Wear these with your favorite strappy sandals for a summery look that you can take from the beach to the mall.
Metallic organza top, P2295; Metallic organza skirt, P2995, both MANGO, Shangri-La Plaza
You can also take your cue from Camille Co, who stepped out for the #PreviewBestDressed2019 dinner clad in matching organza blazer and midi skirt.
Alternatively, you can simply pair your organza top with bottoms in the same color. This works especially if your top is already a statement in itself, like this one in Janine Gutierrez's OOTD.
3. Layer in style.
Our country is known for its unpredictable weather—sunny one minute, and then rainy the next. That said, always carrying a jacket with you totally makes sense. Spice up your trusty everyday cover-up by opting for one in this stylish fabric.
Organza Bomber, P1359, SOMETHING BORROWED, zalora.com.ph
Abbott Jacket in Mint Green, P9500, PATTY ANG, pattyang.com
You can even go for an athleisure look! This piece from Forever 21 proves that organza can look sporty, too. Go for a cropped hoodie that you can wear with your workout leggings, sports bra, and sneakers on your way to the gym.
Sheer organza hoodie, P1350, FOREVER 21, SM Makati
4. Wear it as an accent.
Elevate your party camisole and give it a well-deserved pop with some organza ruffles on the shoulder to accent your look.
Serra Top in Cream, P10,500, PATTY ANG, pattyang.com
5. Elevate your office wardrobe.
Up the ante of your officewear pieces by opting for a distinctly sheer version that makes for a dramatic statement. The best part? It will still go with just about anything—be it with your go-to black trousers or your favorite pencil skirt.
Organza puff sleeve shirt, P1695, STRADIVARIUS , Glorietta 2
Organza blouse with bow detail, P2495, ZARA, SM Megamall
Organza sleeve shirt, P2295, ZARA, SM Megamall
6. Go big or go home.
Don’t be afraid to go all out by combining organza with standout details like sequins or floral appliqués (like Martine Cajucom-Ho’s custom Maliché frock)—all in the same piece. With the holiday festivities coming up, this is definitely a look you should try!
Sequinned organza jumpsuit, P5995, ZARA, SM Megamall
7. It's a wrap!
How about a wrap top that's equal parts trendy, timeless, and elegant? Doesn’t matter whether it’s in a dark or light color—it will flatter any figure either way. Opt for pieces with subtly dainty details like ruffles to keep the look from looking stiff and uptight. You can pair it with laidback pieces for a casual look, or elevate it for an evening affair by teaming it with dressy accessories.
Ella Silk Organza Wrap Top, $370 (approximately P18,686.85), CHARLOTTE PRINGELS, modaoperandi.com
Ruffled striped organza wrap blouse, $351 (approximately P17,727.26), ROKH, theoutnet.com