Dress Code for Women in Philippines

By Mridula Dwivedi December 1, 2016 28 Comments , , ,

I started writing the dress code for women posts because I search for it when I am visiting a country for the first time. I disagreed with some of what I read after visiting a destination, so I decided to do my own series. Here is what I observed about the dress code for women in Philippines.

My thoughts are based on a 10 day trip to Philippines where I visited Manila and Boracay. How I interpret the dress code also depends on where I come from, which is India! A 10 day visit makes me no expert but here is what I saw.

Micaela Rodriguez at the TBEX Conference

I start with Micaela Rodriguez who blogs at Senyorita and is a local. We were speaking at the same panel at TBEX which is a blogging conference and this is the lovely dress she chose to wear with a matching jacket. Short dresses are fine in Philippines.

Our Guide in Blue at Puka Beach, Boracay, Philipines

Here is our guide from Boracay, Homma, in blue on the left, dressed for a day out at sea. She is a local too. Like anywhere in the world, people put their swim suites beneath a short dress so they can get into water when they wish!

The Festival Gown!

I saw these pretty ladies at a show in Manila. And look at their beautiful gowns! I included this picture just to show that how strikingly beautiful the local dresses can be! I can’t imagine this to be normal wear though! If you search for festival gowns they seem to be available for rent too!

The Party Scene in Manila!

This is from a closing night TBEX party at Manila where you can see how social media people dance! I quite admired the guy who danced with his video camera, it must be heavy! The girls were dressed to party!

At Intramuros, Manila, Philippines!

The days in Manila were hot in October, quite the same for me back home in Delhi too! So you can dress the way you feel comfortable on a sunny day! Dresses, shorts all are fine!

A Scene from the Beach in Boracay, Philippines

Both bikini and one piece swim suites are fine on the beaches in Boracay and my guess is all over Philippines. So do pack accordingly for your holiday.


To sum up women dress well in Philippines and most of the dresses you wear at home should be fine in Philippines.

PS. I was a speaker at TBEX Malina and my trip to Philippines was sponsored by Philippines Tourism Board!

28 thoughts on “Dress Code for Women in Philippines”

    1. Most of the countries are straight forward and almost all amazingly tolerant to tourists but being aware is certainly better!

  1. After quieting your job as a professor , you are being a full time traveler and I think you are enjoying more than that job . Congrats on having spoken on a prestigious platform in Phillipines . This post is based on “Dress Code for Women in Philippines” so I cant say anything , but reading comments of your women reader , what they actually think. Hehe

  2. Nice post! I will add that I found most Filipinos cover up a bit more than just a bikini when going to the beach/ocean. They all seemed to wear at least shorts, and often a UV swim shirt with longer sleeves as well. I felt a bit uncomfortable in my bikini, and wish I had had shorts!

    1. Eva thank you for your insight. Yes it is absolutely normal to wear a wrap over bikini be it shorts or a dress and take it off when going in the sea! As I said dress code interpretations are subject to where we live and I didn’t even notice this difference till you pointed out. Thank you so much.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.

Recent Blog



Gonomads Blogs

Have a look