The barong is a very versatile and comfortable choice when it comes to formal and semi-formal wear; but we cannot expect it to fit well with every single event or occasion. Having a few pieces to choose from will give you both a variety in style and (more importantly) the right look to match your function. Some barongs work well for very formal functions, such as weddings, balls, and state dinners. Others are designed for looking dignified and respectable while still keeping a mildly casual look. In between are barongs that are great for work or dinner parties, etc. To help you make sense of it all, here is a quick and simple guide to the various types of barong and the functions that they serve.
Formal occasions include charity/award dinners, weddings, dances and balls, inaugurations, and others. Do not worry if you are unsure if the event is formal or not, a formal event will always send attendees a proper invite and the invitation itself will specify that guests should wear formal attire. For formal events, your best choice is the classic barong tagalog. The quintessential look of traditional formal wear is a distinct class in itself; be the guest, host, or even guest-of-honor, you cannot go wrong with the barong tagalog.