The Other Cheongsams

As soon as Christmas was over, the boutiques are launching cheongsams for the coming Chinese New Year (which falls on 31st Jan). Perhaps there has been an increasing number of women receptive to the modern cheongsam that more stores are offering the iconic dress for the festive season. I was recently at a few malls in the east and found a number of cheongsams at the window displays. Though the designs of most really leave much to be desired.

At Parkway Parade, The Station boutique on level one showed off this red flare-skirt cheongsam, which I find rather dowdy looking.
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Seven boutique (which is also available at Raffles Place) has aunty print of red roses on this dress. You have to look really good to carry it off because the dress is not going to make you look good.
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When I checked out the Raffles Place outlet, I was struck by the love affair with gaudy floral prints. It must be a signature of the boutique.
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There is this new store on the 2nd level of Parkway Parade by the name of “Ice Tan” (yes I know it sounds wierd), which has modern dresses for the younger ladies (only), because of the mini-skirt length. But the simple versatility of the dresses mean they can be worn any time of the year.
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The boutique also offers cheongsams for little girls, though for the life of me, I don’t know why cushion print is used for the fabric.
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Also on the same level, there is a store by the name of “Cotton Amour” which offers Chinese motif clothes for women and little girls. Naturally cheongsams are available; though for the adults, I wouldn’t be caught dead in the designs.
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If you only restrict yourself to wearing these dresses during CNY, I guess you can still get away with the tacky prints.
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The love affair with the bright peony continues in this cheongsam top, the same design that Blum also used for the dress below. In fact I remember this design because many years back, DBS bank used it for their red packet. So there is a chance you may be mistaken for one.
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The cheongsams for little girls are rather formal, and remind me of those from Sissae, especially the ones with tutu. But they do look cute.
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The departmental store like Isetan also offers cheongsams for little girls. The adult’s love affair with floral print also translates to the dresses for kids.
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This looks like a tent cheongsam from Xue collection. Strictly for those with baby bumps.
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I spotted the below cheery yellow dress at the display of this boutique “Kiss Jane”, at Century Square. I like the lace top, but wonder about the stitching quality of the bottom skirt which seems a little slipshod to me.
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Another aunty floral print cheongsam; this time from a boutique at 112 Katong Mall called “Only Luxury Collection”, though I don’t see anything luxurious about the dress.
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At the new Bedok Mall, a retro-looking cheongsam is available from the boutique, Top Wear. To be honest I think you might get mistaken for being stuck in the 60’s with this outfit.
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There are more cheongsams afoot as I check out a couple of other malls as well as the usual boutiques. Stay tune for the crescendo to the cheongsam scene.

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3 thoughts on “The Other Cheongsams

  1. Hi Maria!

    Happy 2014! We are a fan of your blog 😉

    Recently we took up the guts to launch a modern line of cheongsam – The Happy Cheongsam. And thought who better to review us than you.

    Let me introduce ourselves – The Happy Cheongsam’s aim, is to provide a fresh and quirky/chic take on a cheongsam that can be worn any day or everyday. Other than using interesting and quality fabrics, we also rack our brains to include interesting tailoring details like rounded visible pockets or a simple heart-shaped back to the cheongsam.

    We are working towards using a real model for our clothes but with budget constraints for the moment, we decided to use a dress model first 🙂

    Would greatly appreciate if you would consider reviewing us!

    And we are happy to invite you to visit our small humble( really really humble) workshop to check out the cheongsams or have one delivered to you for your review.

    Looking forward to hear from you!

    Website: http://www.thehappycheongsam.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehappycheongsam
    Email: thehappycheongsam@gmail.com

    Best, Ming
    THE HAPPY CHEONGSAM

    • Hi Ming, Thank you for your comment. Thank you also for asking me to review your online shop and dresses, which I am happy to do so. I had a quick look at the site. It is a pity you don’t have a life model, as I feel the dress model doesn’t show how the dresses drape on the body. You may want to consider modelling the dresses yourself or get a friend or relation to do it. Anyway I will provide more feedback on my blog. If your workshop is located at a convenient locale, l’m interested to pay you a visit to check out the quality of the stitching.

      • Hi Maria!

        Thank you so much!

        Yes absolutely agree with you on the model thingie, we had difficulty trying to feature the interesting pocket details we had designed because it was on a dress model. I will go and take some photos with friends 🙂

        Will email you on the details! So excited!

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