Lately I’ve been really into modern Philippine fashion – organza tops, hand-embroidered designs, butterfly and bell sleeves, and kimonas. I’ve loved traditional Philippine formal wear since I was little. My father and relatives still wear the traditional Barong Tagalog for special occasions. In fact, my half sleeve tattoo is the embroidery pattern from two of my father’s Barongs.


Perhaps it sparked new interest when I walked down the runway for Fashion Penpals last March, where the theme of their designs was traditional Philippine formal wear. (See a previous post from that fashion show here).


My new favorite Filipiniana shop is Vinta, based in Toronto. They put a modern twist on traditional Filipina fashion. I can’t wait to receive my items and write about it! wrytoastphotosdotcom_20160705-4

This dress, Natalie, was acquired from vintage bridal shop, Bridal Marché. It was listed as a vintage, handmade Mexican gown, but the embroidery felt very Filipiniana to me! Very similar influences. I felt it was perfect to pair with my Fashion Penpals pom pom clogs to keep the look vintage-y.


This vintage beauty has amazing embroidery work throughout the front and sleeves. I’m wearing a nude slip and bra underneath but depending on where I’m headed, I can also add some color. Perhaps a neon bra and neon half slip or black bra and black slip to add more contrast.


My accessories include The Double Axe necklace by While Odin Sleeps, body chain by Linquist, Borda 2-finger ring by April May Jewelry, and Bird Charmer earrings by The Contradiction. Wearing a body chain may seem like enough neckwear, but because this body chain is so simple, I like to double up and wear another necklace to add to the sass.


Photography by Wry Toast Photos.

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2 thoughts on “Natalie

  1. Annah says:

    Absolutely stunning! That is so true, your love for vintage traditional Filipino styles has gone far back. I also had no idea your tattoo was inspired from Barong Tagalog embroidery! Awesomeness!! As always, love LOVE your styles and fashion!!

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