Cheongsams for thoughts

Chinese New Year is coming in a couple of weeks’ time, so if anyone wants to tailor-make a cheongsam for the festive season, I’m afraid it’s a little too late for that. Still I have some ideas to offer for the next Chinese New Year or for a special occasion such as wedding.

I’m such a fan of cheongsams that I scoured the internet for cheongsam images, and below are some of my favorites. Half of them are in the traditional design, which some people might regard as boring. But I feel the exquisite fabrics more than make up for that.

I like cheongsam with cap-sleeves, and this particular one has a beautiful floral print that really stands out. I especially love the exquisite flower buttons.

This is another cap-sleeved cheongsam in a gorgeous velvet peony print in a rich dark turquois color.

This red cheongsam is a definite for wedding.

I didn’t realize cheongsam can be worn with elbow-length gloves until I saw this picture. The combo is strictly for formal occasion, but I think it’ll make any lady looks really elegant.

This looks like a black lace overlay cheongsam, which I think will appeal to the modern women. It doesn’t have piping and no apparent flower buttons, but it oozes with sex appeal.

This simple versatile cheongsam can be worn to afternoon tea, shopping, dimsum lunch, and then to a wedding dinner. The lace fabric makes up for its simplicity.

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5 thoughts on “Cheongsams for thoughts

    • Hi there, cheongsam comes in different lengths depending on occasions. If you’re looking for a wedding cheongsam, it should be long (ankle length). Also applies to very formal occasions like black tie event or like at the Oscars for instance. But for others like work, cocktail, special dinners, or attending a wedding, then short cheongsam is the answer. If you’re wondering how short, it should be about 1 inch above the knees. Don’t go for ultra short cheongsams because it indicates sluttiness instead of elegance which is what a cheongsam should be. Try to avoid calf length cheongsam as it makes you look frumpy.

  1. Hi, thanks for the pictures. These are gorgeous cheongsams. I was wondering, do you have any insight as to how to recreate the hairstyle to go with the cheongsam? In particular, I like the hair in the first picture.

    • Hi there,

      I’m not sure which location you’re at, but if you’re in Asia, or to be more specific, in either China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore, you can show the picture to a hairstylist who’s experienced in makeovers, and he/she should be able to recreate the hairstyle for you. The hairstyle was popular in the mid 1940’s period in China.

      Regards Maria

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