Fashion has evolved over the years to bring us some of the quirkiest trends, with some clothes we hope will never make a comeback. However, one fashion piece has clearly withstood the test of time: the cheongsam.
There are now many variations and modifications available, but it still remains a classic that will earn you praise from your grandparents. There’s definitely a cheongsam out there that you will love, be it with a traditional cut or contemporary twist. We round up some 17 lovely choices you can buy online:
For those who prefer it traditional
1. Yarn-dyed Plaid Cheongsam
No, cheongsams don’t always have to be a red, flashy piece made from silk. If you prefer a more muted option that looks humble and absolutely wearable on a daily basis, you will love this simple and traditional piece.
Plus, it’s made from cotton with two small slits at the side, making for extremely comfortable wear in Singapore’s sweltering heat!
Get this at SGD16.12 from ezbuy.
2. MGP Mira Ombre Cheongsam
Pair your newly-dyed ombre hair with this cheongsam that combines fit-and-flare oriental silhouette with a fashionable ombre design. It’s such a unique pairing, you can be almost sure none of your relatives will be wearing a cheongsam in a similar style – no more awkward ‘who wore it better’ moments!
Get this at SGD43 from MGP.
3. Faire Belle Blooming Brilliance Cheongsam Dress
Look as radiant as the spring blooms in this traditional cheongsam with oriental flower prints, and you’ll be sure to turn a few heads. Remember to take a OOTD shot and post it on social media, because a beautiful photo in a beautiful dress is definitely worth sharing with your friends!
Get this at SGD36 from Faire Belle.
4. Modified cheongsam dress
You don’t necessarily have to wear shades of red and pink in order to look festive for Chinese New Year. Opt to exude classic elegance in this modified cheongsam that is adorned with plum blossoms, the first sign of spring. Its versatile design makes it suitable for wearing even after the lunar festivities are over.
Get this at SGD21.82 from ezbuy.
5. Modified Fake Two-Layer Cheongsam Dress
Take things up a notch (or layer) with your cheongsam. A translucent layer covers the baby blue dress on the inside, making for a cute peek-a-boo effect. The pink and red plum blossoms adorning the hem on the back make for a beautiful afterthought that will definitely leave a deep impression on anyone who sees this cheongsam.
Get this at SGD28.72 from ezbuy.
6. INTQ Label Layla Lace Flare Cheongsam
Having lace on your cheongsam adds another layer of grace to your overall look, but the best part about this dress is that it is actually fitted with fully functional side pockets – no more turning your bag inside out in public to look for your lipstick or tissue paper!
Get this at SGD52.90 from Intoxiquette.
7. Upstage Mandarin Collar Cap Sleeves Lace A-Line Cheongsam
For those who prefer having a higher Mandarin collar and sleeves on their cheongsams to create a more reserved and elegant look, opt for this lace-adorned piece. Take your pick from millennial pink and baby blue – either way, these pastel shades will make you look absolutely ravishing.
Get this at SGD65 from Upstage.
8. Megane Red Romance Daisi Lace Cheongsam
Can’t get enough of lace? Neither can we! Proudly flaunt your curves with this body-hugging cheongsam, because you worked hard for it. Pair with nude heels to give the illusion of an even longer and slimmer figure, and you will have relatives asking if you are actually a supermodel.
Get this at SGD68.90 from Zalora.
9. The Missing Piece A Walk in The Park Cheongsam
Pay homage to your roots with this cheongsam from The Missing Piece. It features a soft off-shoulder design with cut-away sleeves that highlight the shoulders and hide the arms, together with a tulip skirt that will definitely flatter your body.
Get this at SGD280 from The Missing Piece.
10. Joli Pretty Seigaiha Obi Dress
Love all things Japanese? This cheongsam combines the best of both Chinese and Japanese cultures: you still have the traditional cut of a Chinese cheongsam, but made from Japanese cotton and patterned with the Segaiha (wave), which represent surges of good luck, power, and resilience. Now that is an auspicious fashion piece to usher in the new year!
Get this at SGD199 from Joli Pretty.
For a more modern take
11. The Stage Walk Lise Mandarin Collar Cheongsam
We know, it sucks to buy a piece for Chinese New Year and not be able to wear it again for the rest of the year because it looks way too festive. Strike a balance with this dress from The Stage Walk, which you can easily pass off as an ordinary dress on any other day. After all, maroon is a universal colour that looks great on anyone, all the time. Plus, this dress comes with functional pockets as well!
Get this at SGD35.90 from The Stage Walk.
12. Love, Bonito Mearyn Ruched Cheongsam Midi Dress
Here’s another piece that you can wear to the office without feeling like you are still stuck in the Chinese New Year festivities. We love how this combines the absolutely-professional pencil skirt with a traditional Cheongsam collar design. You can now look the part of a gorgeous #girlboss and let your relatives know that you’ve grown up beautifully – though you still appreciate any angbaos that come your way.
Get this at SGD49.90 from Love, Bonito.
13. Little Qipao Botanic Denim Women Jumpsuit
This is for all the ladies who may have been told off by relatives for always wearing jeans at Chinese New Year gatherings. Surprise them and leave them speechless this year with a comfortable outfit that combines the cheongsam, jumpsuit, and your favourite denim.
Get this at SGD139 from Little Qipao.
14. Frockalicious Embroidered Floral Cheongsam
Be the true epitome of elegance and beauty with this sheer lace cheongsam that looks exactly like something that wealthy Shanghainese women would have donned. The embroidered floral pattern and side slits add a touch of femininity; complete your look with simple pearl and gold accessories, and you are ready to steal the limelight no matter where you go.
Get this at SGD200 from Frockalicious.
15. The Fleur Label Deloris Detachable Collar Dress
If you are not keen on looking too mature, let the little girl in you shine with this cute take. The pink checkered patterns make for a whimsical outfit choice that will make you look younger and livelier – now your relatives can’t point out that you look much older than they remembered you to be!
Get this at SGD34.90 from The Fleur Label.
16. Duchess & Co Cold Shoulder Qipao
It’s too hard to say no to a cold shoulder chinoiserie cheongsam that flatters your figure. We say this unique combination of lace, sheer fabric, and a pastel lavender colour is a good wardrobe choice if you are looking for a cheongsam that looks modern and alluring.
Get this at SGD109.69 from Duchess & Co.
17. Berrybenka Cassandra Fitted Top
Now who says cheongsams have to be a one-piece? For those who want to create their own outfit for the ultimate blend of tradition and modernity unique to themselves, grab this fitted top. It definitely doesn’t lack the necessary elements of a traditional cheongsam, while giving you absolute freedom to create a pairing that works for you. Score!
Get this at SGD46.90 from Zalora.