Fretting over what to wear for Chinese New Year or worrying whether your outfit will be parent-approved? One thing’s for sure, you can never go wrong with a classic cheongsam.
We’ve rounded up 10 places where you can get modern cheongsam for CNY (and any other occasions in the future). We have also picked out our favourite pieces that feature traditional cuts with a modern spin that you’ll absolutely adore. Best part? There are many under S$50 options so you won’t have to break the bank to celebrate CNY in style.
Pomelo will be releasing a 56-piece Chinese New Year 2021 collection on 20 January.
The collection features an auspicious and vibrant colour palette in shades of bright red and magenta pink, adorned in oriental blooms and bold floral prints exclusively designed in-house.
You can look forward to flattering and stylish silhouettes inspired by the classic cheongsam, exaggerated puffed shoulder sleeved dresses, and other apparel with statement touches such as knot buttons, mandarin collars, and bows details. In other words, you can find many modern cheongsam renditions in this collection.
Here are some of our favourite cheongsam-inspired items:
The Chinese New Year 2021 collection will be available at Pomelo from 20 Jan 2021.
2. Love, Bonito
Homegrown label Love, Bonito is often known for their casual wear and staple pieces, and during the festive season, they also release many CNY appropriate pieces that includes modern cheongsam that you can wear throughout the year.
Check out the gorgeous Bevelyn Lace Mandarin Collar Midi Dress (S$53.90), available in a forest green and magenta shade. This dress features a traditional mandarin collar with a contrast lace overlay that’s guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd!
If something simple is more up your alley, there’s the Mearyn Ruched Cheongsam Midi Dress (S$49.90), and Mearyn Ruched Cheongsam Midi Jumpsuit (S$53.90) where traditional accents meet a modern silhouette. As these pieces are selling fast, do keep a look out for when they’re restocked again.
Shop the full range now at lovebonito.com.
3. The Closet Lover
Yet another Singaporean apparel brand, The Closet Lover’s collections usually feature drapey, loose silhouettes and bright, funky patterns, and the same goes for their modern cheongsam pieces too!
Some of our favourites from their cheongsam range include the dainty Adalea Qipao (S$42.90) which features a mandarin collar, oriental buttons, and floral prints all round with a front slit and the Cheereen Floral Printed Qipao (S$42.90) with floral prints all round on a pink base with mandarin collars and a dropwaist hem. What’s more, it even has functional pockets at the side to store your red packets!
Shop the full range now at theclosetlover.com.
Born out of an apartment in 2014, Fayth has now grown from its humble beginnings to an inclusive fashion label with an e-commerce platform and retail stores.
They’ve got versatile and timeless everyday essentials with hand-drawn prints, comfortable soft fabrics, and a myriad of colours with a distinct Fayth aesthetic, and their modern cheongsams are quite drop-dead gorgeous.
The bold and outstanding Harmony Jacquard Cheongsam (S$48.90) is definitely a head-turner with its burgundy base, floral prints and interesting skirt detailing, while the Chine Jacquard Cheongsam (S$49.90) will have you looking pretty in pink!
Shop the full range at fayth.com.
5. Atelier Ong Shunmugam
When you talk about modern cheongsam, Singaporean womenswear and lifestyle brand Atelier Ong Shunmugam certainly has to be mentioned. Weaving traditional textile techniques, colours and silhouettes into modern designs, the label constantly rolls out collections inspired by Asian aesthetics.
In celebration of their 10th anniversary this year, the brand’s Cheongsam 2010-2020 collection takes inspiration from some of the founder-designer Priscilla Shanmugam’s favourite designs from past collections.
Atelier Ong Shunmugam is located at 43 Jalan Merah Saga, 01-76, 278115.
Size-inclusive Singaporean fashion label Neonmello has a very feminine aesthetic that translates into their modern cheongsams too; think florals, abstract prints, and pastel hues.
If you’re a girly girl, chances are you’ll love the MadebyNM Spring Tranquility Floral Cheongsam (S$25). This sweet piece features a fitted silhouette, mandarin collar, and a floral print in both a candy blue or pink colour!
Prefer something that’s not floral or a fit-n-flare silhouette instead? The MadebyNM Orient of the Waves Fit n Flare Cheongsam (S$25) will be is a clear winner, with little oriental wave patterns at the neckline and hemline for an effortlessly festive vibe.
Shop the full range at neonmello.com.
7. MDS Collections
MDS Collections has grown from a small online e-store when it was first established in 2007 into a popular fashion chain that’s expanded across Asia, with stores in Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar.
The brand offers a wide range mature, yet feminine clothes such as office wear, causal, glam, and even wedding-worthy pieces; and they’ve got some unique and lovely modern cheongsam pieces that are going to have all eyes on you this CNY.
Available in both a classic white and soft pink shade, the Varla Sheer Dress (S$20.97) features embroidered mesh details, while the Eishie Lace Dress (S$53.90) features an intricate lace detail and symmetrical ruffled hem! (Note that white may not be a huge hit among older relatives, so soft pink will be a much safer choice if you want to err on the side of caution.)
Shop the full range at mdscollections.com.
8. Love and Bravery
Living up to their mission of creating statement pieces and everyday wear for the modern woman, Love and Bravery’s extensive range of modern cheongsams are absolutely stunning.
Florals are the number one pattern that comes to mind when we think of CNY clothes, but what about abstract prints? Yes, you heard us right. The homegrown label Deniro Abstract Cheongsam Jumpsuit (S$42) features a structured fit and a colourful abstract nature-inspired print against a clean white base; while the Elaina Watercolour Cheongsam Midi Dress with Sash (S$39.90) has an artsy watercolour print and soft, flowy silhouette.
Shop the full range at loveandbravery.com.
9. The Missing Piece
Singaporean label The Missing Piece prides themselves on making stylish, flattering and comfortable clothes for women, pairing timeless, flattering silhouettes with handpicked, comfortable fabrics. So if you’re worried about stiff, scratchy, cheongsams, you won’t have to anymore!
Combining a whimsical print with embroidered tulle sleeves and delicate white jade bead buttons, the Brigitte Cheongsam (S$190) looks straight out of a fairytale. But if you’re thinking of spicing it up and going for a geometric print this CNY instead, check out the Jess Cheongsam (S$230) which features a geometric border print that’ll make you look taller, leaner, and accentuate your waist. These are definitely the kind of modern cheongsams you can wear throughout the year.
Shop the full range at iwantthemissingpiece.com.
10. Little Qipao
Initially launched back in 2010 as a Qipao label for little ones, raving reviews from parents have inspired Little Qipao to expand their collection to include women, mother & daughter, and family collections.
For the funky woman who loves a bright colour and bold pattern, the Splendor: Ruffle Sleeve Women Romper (S$139) is the ultimate CNY outfit that’s bound to turn heads and make your Instagram feed pop. For a more drapey and feminine silhouette, check out the Opulence: Women Qipao (S$149) in a gorgeous red, blue and white that symbolises wealth and sophistication without being too over the top.
Shop the full range at littleqipao.com.