If you haven’t already found something to wear for the upcoming occasion of Chinese New Year, you better start looking! Not sure where to start? We’ve picked out 8 blogshops in Singapore with modern cheongsams that will help you slay the OOTD game this CNY 2021. These are all a perfect combination of style and tradition - non-tacky picks your ah mah is sure to approve of as well.
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Read on for pretty modern cheongsams in Singapore for Chinese New Year 2021!
#1: MGP Label - flattering flared silhouettes
Body-hugging cheongsams can be super unforgiving, especially when your mission is to sample all the snacks (like these cute cow-shaped pineapple tarts!) laid out in front of you. Avoid letting your food baby show by going for flattering flared styles instead.
The Miu Floral Cheongsam Dress ($43) in White is an ethereal, flowy pick that’s also suitable for casual couple shoots at Chinatown, or for wearing during your wedding tea ceremony if you’re not a fan of the traditional kua. This also comes in Pink and Navy.
For a brighter pop of colour, there’s the Qing Emboss Cheongsam ($42) in Peach and Powder Blue. The satin bodice gives an air of elegance, while the large pleats on the skirt add a youthful quality to the whole getup.
The Jennings Printed Romper ($42) in Navy and Peach has a similar flared silhouette, but will be easier to move around in thanks to the partially-hidden shorts underneath. Great for those who will be running around playing with their little nieces and nephews!
#2: Fash Mob - princessy tulle and eyelet lace
Feel like a princess in Fash Mob’s Cheongsam Tulle Dress ($28, U.P. $40.50) in Plum, which has a fluffy skirt that will swish around as you walk. The keyhole neckline paired with a mandarin collar makes it fashion-forward and sexy without showing off too much skin. Also available in Black for those who aren’t too bothered about “lucky” or “unlucky” colours.
We’re also loving the Oriental Eyelet Cheongsam ($49.50, U.P. $55). Mermaid-esque ruffles on the bottom hem paired with the floral and geometric embroidery bring a timeless vintage charm. Get this in Wine Red, Teal, or Almond.
Also with eyelet embroidery details is the Alyssa Eyelet Cheongsam ($44, U.P. $48). Though simple in terms of silhouette, it’s still eye-catching with little bursts of colour from the floral patterns.
#3: Beyouty J - embroidered rompers
Rompers tend to look casual, but the oriental-style ones from Beyouty J are dressy enough to be worn for your Chinese New Year reunion dinner at a restaurant.
With intricate embroidered florals and a high-necked mandarin collar, the Cynthia Embroidery Romper In Dusty Pink ($29.90, U.P. $18.90) is a more playful version of the regular cheongsam - with the mesh across the décolletage area adding a touch of tasteful sexiness.
There’s also the Jovial Embroidery Romper In Navy at the same price (U.P. $32.90) if you prefer darker colours.
Still after a dress? Check out their Oriental Lace Cheongsam Dress In Pink ($22.90, U.P. $36.90), a sweet feminine number that comes with an accordian pleat hem for variation in texture.
#4: Modparade - for cat lovers
A splash of retro for the modern woman - that’s how we’d describe Modparade’s outfits, which stand out from the cookie-cutter blogshops thanks to their unique cuttings and liberal use of colours and patterns. At first glance, their Fish Kitty Tao Cheongsam ($38.90) looks like a regular traditional one with goldfish prints - but look closer and you’ll find images of fat kitty cats lazing blissfully on clouds.
These Chinese New Year outfits are currently available for backorders and will reach you before the occasion.
#5: Topazette - ombre, colour blocking, and unique hemlines
Show off your colourful personality with Topazette’s Xin Ombre Cheongsam ($45.90), which comes with elegant Chinese knot buttons and a skater skirt. Here, we’ve featured the ones in Navy and Pink and Sage and Peach, but it’s also available in Burgundy and Navy and Pastel Pink and Blue.
Another visually striking item is the Reunion Cheong Sam ($41.90) in Pink or Blue. Although it makes use of monochromatic tones and complementary colours, it stands out well with its colour block design.
Slightly more toned down is the Ding Embroidery Removable Collar Dress ($43.90), which has a unique embroidered flare hem as a point of interest. There’s a Navy version, but if you’re afraid your elders will find that too dark for an auspicious occasion, there’s always the sweet Dusty Pink version.
#6: The Tinsel Rack - detachable collar jumpsuits
The Tinsel Rack seems to be focusing more on graphic tees for CNY 2021, but if you still wanna go down the route of Chinese collars, they do have the Tobi Two-Way Jumpsuit for major #girlboss vibes. The best part is that prices are majorly slashed - instead of the usual $59.90, this now costs just $15!
The collar is detachable, so you can pair this with a solid-coloured blazer and wear it to work during the rest of the year.
#7: Laurel Blooms - wide selection of quirky patterns
The cheongsams from Laurel Blooms are comparatively pricier than the others in this list, but they do have a very wide selection of quirky prints that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Fans of Kai Kai and Jia Jia can try the Miltonia Frill Cap Sleeve Cheongsam ($69.90) which is full of adorable pandas! Ruffled sleeves and a diagonal ruffled hem add a “high fashion” vibe that will win you instant style points and tons of praises from your relatives.
The Arley Abstract Print Modern Cheongsam ($65) is an artsy-looking piece full of overlapping circle patterns that are reminiscent of bokeh lights. There’s also the Grace Front Slit Cheongsam ($49.90) which has cute prints of Chinese fans all over.
The picture-perfect models used by Laurel Blooms might have you hesitating on your purchase. But don’t worry, check out their tagged photos on Instagram - you’ll find that their cheongsams are very wearable and look good even on “regular” folk.
#8: Love and Bravery - sophisticated floral prints, suitable for work
Those who like florals can look to Love and Bravery for sweet, delicate cheongsam dresses adorned with blooms - such as this sophisticated mint green Marlyn Baroque Cheongsam ($48) with curlicue patterns and soft rose patterns.
One thing we love about these cheongsam dresses is that the prints are the main highlight, while understated Chinese collars give a very subtle nod to the occasion. This makes them wearable all-year-round, without your office mates teasing you with wisecracks like, “Eh, where’s my ang bao?”
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Text by: GirlStyle SG