For those of you who may not know, I'm a third culture kid. My parents are Korean, but moved us to the Philippines when I was 3. I lived in Manila for the next 15 years until I came Stateside for college and the rest is history.
Growing up in Manila, I saw men including my dad wearing Barong Tagalogs on a daily basis. I always thought they were quite intricate and beautiful. When I saw this top at Zara, the detailed embroidery caught my eye and it reminded me so much of a barong.
It's rare and special when an article of clothing becomes so much more than just that. When it brings back memories of my baby brother proudly donning his very first barong as a 3 year old ring boy. Or that time when I cried into my dad's barong while waiting to get stitches at the hospital. Moments I hold so dear in my heart brought back by this unsuspecting shirt. How could I not pick it up? That's the story I told hubby anyway. ;)
To bring this very traditional top to modern day, I paired it with a teeny tiny pair of faux leather shorts. I like how the modest top and the come-hither shorts are playing off each other.
Do you have any articles of clothing that you hold dear? That bring back memories? Please share your stories..