From workleisure to next level pambahay, 2020 truly has a unique dress code

Published December 31, 2020, 12:59 PM

by John Legaspi

Let’s look back to some style trends and moments that still made this year a celebration of Filipino fashion

End of the year already? Honestly, we wish we could say that the months just flew by. But with the aftermath of all the things that has happened and with Covid-19 still looming on the sidelines, it’s kind of hard to forget the days that went by.

Looking at the brighter side of things, we’ll realize that not all of 2020 is that bad. In the fashion department, we’ve collected great stories just to prove that, from our modern take on the humble pambahay and newest style essentials to how the industry as whole helped in fighting against the pandemic. 

So before we bid goodbye to the challenging year that is 2020, let’s look back at some style trends and moments that still made this year a celebration of Filipino fashion.


Strange times call for strange combinations. As the world was taken by surprise by the pandemic, so was our way of operating things. Soon enough office work is taken to our living room and workleisure is born. Wearing a head to toe corporate look in a work from home is quite impractical, especially when we only see each through Zoom windows. To add a little ease on office wear, some skipped the crisp white or pinned striped button-downs with easy tops but still kept tailored pieces on the side. Others ditched the trousers and pencil skirts for a more breathable and dressed down bottoms. Opting comfy footwear over stilettos is the style parting we never knew we could do.

Pam Quiñones (Photo from @pamquinones)

Designer face masks

What started as an essential piece to help lessen the spread of the virus, it soon became everyone’s fashion must-have. After months of creating protective wear for medical frontliners, fashion designers channeled their creativity on making face masks that do more than just keep the virus at bay. With most of the facial features covered, face masks now become a way for self expression. Think of’s retaso monster masks, the Lava mask by Mak Tumang, and Randy Ortiz‘s collaboration line with Aerian Essential. Nothing could make you feel chic and safe this time than a designer face mask.’s restaso monster mask (Photo from @_ha.mu_)
Mak Tumang’s Lava masks (Photo from @maktumang)
Miss Universe PH 2020 Rabiya Mateo wearing Randy Ortiz x Aerian Essentials

Protective wearable 

Another product of the pandemic, fashion designers rendered the pattern of medical hazmat suits into pieces fit for casual outings. Designs like wrap dresses, jumpsuits, and jackets are produced in an array of colors, styles, and patterns. Other fashion designers even mixed new textiles with traditional weaved fabrics crafting truly Filipino items.

Plains and Prints protective wearables (Photo from @plainsandprints)
Heart Evangelista wearing a Madelaine Ongpauco Barlao piece (Photo from @iamhearte)
Apples Aberin and Kai Lim wearing Kaayo’s Langkit tracksuit (Photo from

Pambahay reimagined

From the outrageous to glam ones, fashionistas stuck at home defied the laws of pambahay, turning them from being boring to something that has a little extra touch. From hand-dyed ‘fits and cozy cardigans to luxe sleepwear, we may never look at pambahay the same again after this pandemic.

Liz Uy wearing Olivia von Halle pyjamas (Photo from @lizzzuy)
KC Concepcion wearing Just Bonita (Photo from @itskcconcepcion)

Virtual runway shows

As many things took a digital leap this year, so are some of our fashion practices. Shopping online is not relatively new to many, but virtual runways are. Just like the major fashion capitals, the local fashion scene brought the runways to the web with designers Rajo Laurel and Francis Libiran and retail giant Bench leading the online spectacle. 

Francis Libiran’s Androgyny collection (Photo from @francislibiran8)
A piece from Rajo Laurel’s Hacienda collection (Photo from @houseoflaurel)
Maine Mendoza for BFW Holiday 2020 (Photo from @benchtm)

Clothing modern heroes

The fashion industry is among the many that suffered the Covid-19 perils. But during its halt, fashion creatives found their own ways to contribute in the combatting the unseen enemy. From sourcing materials and sewing PPEs to raising funds for charities, the industry proved to be a substantial part of the community, beyond its offering of luxury and fantasy.