It is safe to say that throughout the past few years, Indonesian fashion designers have worked slowly but surely to push Kebaya from occasion-wear to casual wear. We believe so because each and every kebaya, whether casual or formal, looks absolutely unique! What makes it inexplicably different is the ability to mix and match colors, patterns and designs to create one whole-look. Previously, Indonesia’s traditional outfit was viewed as formal wear but not anymore. Take a look on these eight trendy Indonesian women who nailed the modern kebaya look!

Sonia Wibisono


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In honor of Mother’s Day 2015, we spotted Sonia Wibisono in a stunning red kebaya. What makes it so eye-catching is the motif design on the bottom and not to forget the slit-cut which just seems to complete this outfit!

Sabrina Joseph


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Sabrina Joseph literally stole the show with her kebaya at her best friend’s gift betrothal ceremony! Modernizing the kebaya and looking insanely gorgeous after is really something. Sabrina Joseph matches her white kebaya with a maroon skirt and we’re taking all kinds of inspiration from this look of hers.

Netty Djody


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In 2016, we see Netty Djody looking remarkable with her kebaya at the Yayasan Jantung Indonesia x Plaza Indonesia's Delightful Luncheon. What makes her kebaya stand out is the different batik patterns on it. Netty completes her look with a Chanel bag and an incredible neckpiece.

Maudy Koesnaedi


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At the BJB Precious and Ferry Sunarto's Hari Ibu Fashion Show in 2016, the ever-gorgeous Maudy Koesnaedi modernizes her kebaya look in a very subtle way. Koesnaedi was seen pairing a vibrant blouse with a darker colored bottom. This look defines modern with a touch of traditional.

Augie Herman


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At Raditya Dwi Putra Kagiswana and Miska Lail’s Traditional Wedding in 2017, we see Augie Herman dropping a kebaya inspiration! Looking as vibrant as ever in yellow, Augie pairs her well-stitched kebaya blouse with a batik skirt. Staying traditional, Augie buns up her hair the Javanese way!

Annisa Pohan


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Annisa Pohan looks absolutely chic at Putri Selaras and Danindro Arionindito’s wedding ceremony! Looking as presentable as ever in her shining kebaya, Pohan sure knows how to look fashionable. Her kebaya sure looks like it took some serious time to make, because of all the beautiful patterns and motifs. Pohan completed her look with an outstanding, sparkly necklace.

Sally Singgih


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Sally Singgih looks absolutely glamorous at Biyan's Spring/Summer 2019 Collection launch. This kebaya is giving everyone a reason to stare. Combining floral with a touch of black has to be the next fashion trend, we say. Sally carries herself with so much delight and this kebaya is sure one for the books.

Sari Nila


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Sari Nila looks bohemian as ever at Ghea Panggabean’s Bohemian Journey Fashion Show! Her kebaya is made of dark colours and exquisite patterns. What makes her look even more unique? The stunning headpiece also boasts similar patterns and colours as her kebaya.

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Tags: Indonesia, Fashion, Kebaya, Modern, Traditional