Traveling is all about new experiences, but sometimes it’s fun to bring a touch of home with you wherever you go–and if the world is a stage and every sidewalk is a runway, then the best way to do that is through fashion. Because as the world becomes more homogenized and ‘fast-fashioned’, what better way to individualize your look and stand out from the crowd on foreign streets than to add a bit of local flavour?

On many of Ito’s and my trips, I try to mix a modern Filipiniana piece with my streetwear basics for a more contemporary, ‘real style’ take on local fashion. For autumn in Madrid, I belted a mélange Barong tunic/dress of my design over charcoal grey Heattech thermals (top and leggings) worn with sneakers and topped it off with a charcoal grey wool coat. It was a unique look that was still very wearable and comfortable…the way I think fashion at its truest sense should be 🙂

What do you think of it? Do you think Filipiniana as streetwear is fashionable?

*Photos by Ito Ocampo

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