Here Comes the Groom: New Looks for the Modern Filipino Groom
Who says that only brides have problems about what they have to wear for their wedding? Grooms do, too. It may not be as complicated as their bridal dress, but men also find it important to look and feel good on their special day. If you want to wear something new and unique, slightly breaking the traditional image of a Filipino groom wouldn't hurt. After all, keeping up with the latest trends in fashion is what being modern is about.
The Good Ol' Barong Tagalog
When people think of formal events in the Philippines, they think of the Barong Tagalog. It's a given that we Filipinos love our traditional embroidered attire. Untucked with an undershirt, paired with a wedding corsage, it has been a significant part of our culture.
Barong Tagalog isn't limited to plain white, beige, or cream anymore. As fashion preferences change through the years, so do the designs of every formal wear.
1. Bold Colors and Gradients - The Barong Tagalog is now available in different colors, such as blue, violet, black, green, dark yellow, and even pink. Grooms can choose either a solid dominant color, or a gradient design for a monochromatic, faded look.
2. Patterns and Design - One of the highlights of a Barong Tagalog is its embroidery. Most designs focus on the collar and the area surrounding the buttons, but many grooms are going for a more striking appeal. The more prominent the design, the better.
3. Collar Design - For our fellow citizens who are of foreign descent like the Chinese, Barong Tagalog nowadays comes in different collar and button designs. Instead of the standard collar, it looks like traditional Chinese clothing made of linen, cotton, or another delicate fabric.
The Formal Wedding Tuxedo and Suit
More men are choosing tuxedos and suits because they're versatile. Despite the hot climate in our country, removing the coat still makes you look good with a vest and tie. Many grooms prefer to wear a black tuxedo or suit, but your color options don't end there. Nowadays, gray is the new black. Available in different shades, it's a good way to tone down solid hues. Other popular colors include dirty white, silver, and navy blue.
Don't know the difference between the two? It's all in the materials and other specific details. The buttons, pocket trim, and lapels of a tuxedo are covered or made of satin. It looks best with a bow tie and vest or cummerbund.
Suits, on the other hand, are ideal for neckties. It's up to you if you want to wear a matching vest or not. Neither the tuxedo nor the suit has belt holes for the pants, so you may need suspenders.
If you're the type who isn't too traditional, choosing from these modern styles can help you decide what to wear for your special day. Feel free to look for more colors and designs that you think will look good regardless of the theme of your wedding.