Who says the terno is just for when the dress code calls for it? It’s the butterfly sleeves for us!
The terno may seem too intimidating to some, but you can’t deny that it’s delicate yet structured design can give anyone that graceful sense of pride. The traditional Filipino attire has evolved throughout the ages and we’re here for it. Yup, the classic butterfly sleeves has seen everything from the colonial period, Philippine cinema’s golden age, and now, even in the contemporary everyday.
The way the terno adapts to history’s eras (pop culture moments included) get more dramatic every time, but nonetheless punched up with a refreshing twist. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest moments of the terno this year from Liza Soberano’s sheer take to Heart Evangelista’s pink, cotton candy delight.
BELLA POARCH’S MINT GREEN TERNO
At the recent Unforgettable Gala Asian American awards, Bella Poarch wore a mint green cropped terno by Vinta Gallery with matching gloves and a nude embellished skirt. Refreshing.
LIZA SOBERANO WORE IT SHEER
Who says the terno can’t look sultry? Liza Soberano in her mini dress and sheer butterfly sleeves would like a word. Plus points for wearing knee high boots.
NADINE LUSTRE’S COQUETTE-ISH TERNO
Fresh from Los Angeles Fashion Week, Nadine Lustre wore a two-piece embellished Filipiniana by Chris Nick to the Philippine Faces of Success Awards 2023.
ANNE CURTIS’ TUXEDO TERNO
Our jaws dropped when we saw Anne Curtis on the cover of Vogue Philippines wearing a terno in form of a tuxedo. Of course, no one else could’ve tailored it better than designer Joey Samson.
HEART EVANGELISTA’S COTTON CANDY PINK TERNO
Trust us when we say that this could possibly be the cutest terno outfit we’ve ever seen. Heart Evangelista’s pink tulle look is from Vietnamese brand She By Hoa Nguyen.
ALEX BRUCE’S FUTURISTIC TERNO
For her Awit Awards performance, 15-year old rapper Alex Bruce wore a futuristic terno top by Jet Rivero, accessorized with silver hardware, latex gloves, and parachute pants. An outfit we’re definitely re-creating.
JASMINE CURTIS DOMINATES IN RED
There’s just something about the terno that makes you feel strong. Jasmine Curtis wears a red bolero version for her MEGA Entertainment feature.
PATRICIA PRIETO’S STREET STYLE TAKE
Nothing beats a classic terno in Piña, but Patricia Prieto gives it a contemporary spin by wearing printed trousers. The floral details on the sleeves designed by HAMÜ was the cherry on top.
HO YEON’S DELICATE FILIPINIANA
Korean actress Ho Yeon knew she had to make the most out of her Filipino experience when she visited the country for her fan meet. She wore a delicate, embroidered terno with petite sleeves from Kultura.
OUIDA’S BLUSH BUTTERFLY SLEEVES
Filipino-Irish singer OUIDA looked like a living painting in a blush terno accessorized with traditional jewelry. 10 out of 10 would casually wear this outfit on the beach.
MIMIYUUUH’S TERNO BLAZER
Living up to her Dalagang Pilipina nickname, Mimiyuuuh wears an orange terno blazer paired with denim shorts and Prada combat boots. Now this is an eye-popping outfit.
MARIS RACAL’S EMBROIDERED TERNO
This color-blocked outfit by Maris Racal is forever saved in our mood boards because of how fun and edgy the styling actually is. And yes, a bikini top underneath looks real good, too.
HARNAAZ SANDHU’S POWERFUL PINK TERNO
Back in April, Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu wore a pink terno by Marc Rancy paired with a white skirt. The reason for her choice? “With so many uncertainties on the horizon, pink, for me, is something that positively brings out the good in people, and that is the change we need.” And that’s on period.