Girls in barongs? We like how you think. Here's how you spruce up that barong to fit any occasion.
TO A FANCY DINNER
Channel Coco Chanel—queen of the homme-femme hybrid—by pairing your tailored barong with loose, cascading pearls. We recommend piling up strings of pearls, matched with similar layered bracelets. Add further layers to the contrast with cropped trousers and a monotone box minaudiere, and there you have it—trés chic to the next level.
(Tri-color freshwater pearl necklace, P399.75; Freshwater pearl bracelet, P299.75-P499.75; Snakeskin clutch with kamagong wood clasp, P1,999.75, all from Kultura)
TO A WEDDING PARTY
In any wedding, no one should outshine the bride—but we say it doesn't hurt to be the best-dressed guest at the party. For sure, everyone will gasp at the sight of your unconventional outfit choice (Cocktail dress? Not for you), so might as well up the ante with statement stone accessories in a gorgeous blue tone, paired with a matching pink clutch. We're betting that you'll be so stylish, the bride will want to include you in the entourage.
(Chain necklace with agate stone pendant, P6,499.75; Metal cuff with semi-precious stone, P2,499.75; Snakeskin clutch with kamagong wood clasp, P1,999.75 , all from Kultura)
TO A WEEKEND FAMILY GATHERING
Admit it, family time is when you're most at ease and the pressure to dress up (it's a hard life, sigh) is nonexistent. For a dressy family affair, we say accent your barong with laid-back accessories perfect for an easy Sunday morning. Our recos: layers of thin striped bangles, a beachy shell cuff, or, if an interesting piece is your conversation starter of choice, then a heavy red tribal necklace is all yours for the taking.
(Beaded bib necklace, P499.75; Shell bangles, P199.75 for a set of 2; Garterized shell bracelet, P399.75, all from Kultura)
Barong modeled by Ms. Joyce Orena; images courtesy of Kultura.
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