Best fit and how to wear: Chinese dress Qipao / Cheongsam
Best fit and how to wear: Chinese dress Qipao / Cheongsam




Chinese dress Qipao / Cheongsam

Tips for best fitting and wearing



Getting the best fit

The Qipao / Cheongsam is normally designed to flatter the feminine body. But not everyone has the figure of a model. How then should you choose a Qipao / Cheongsam that would accentuate your assets and hide your fatal flaws? The following guidelines may help you make the right choice. 

For short women, avoid boxy cuts with shoulder pads as they weigh you down. Too long a dress will also have the reverse effect and make you look shorter.

Women with broad shoulders should avoid shoulder pads as they will make them look top-heavy. Instead, opt for softer fabrics like silk to soften the silhouette.

Skinny women can go for brocade which can give more form and curves to their body structure. A brocade is a heavy silk fabric with a raised design on it, often sewn on with gold or silver threads.

For those with flabby arms, choose Asian dresses Qipao / Cheongsam with three-quarter sleeves to hide the excess flesh.

Women with short necks should pick a China dress with a lower collar so that it helps make the neck look longer. On the other hand, women with longer necks can look stunning in a Qipao cut with a high collar.

For those who are disproportionate in shape, with either a heavy top or a heavy bottom, wear Cheongsam separates.

Top-heavy women should avoid big, contrasting prints on the Qipao top. Choose a simple one-colour top.

A straight-cut skirt with a side slit is ideal for women who have large bottoms.

How to wear

As for daily casual wear, in summer, you can choose some thin fabrics such as pure cotton delaine, printed with little flowers, sack and yarn cloth, silk, and poplin. 

In spring and winter, there is chemical fiber or blended cloth like gleaming silk and thinner woolen cloth. 

If for formal affairs like ceremonies or performances, in summer, you should select pure silk crape de Chine for your China clothing dress, thin silk, which is soft, light and cool since it won't stick to your body. 

For spring and winter, satin and velour are the best: tapis, treasures, crape and spun gold damask.


For wearing a Qipao / Cheongsam pay attention to the whole appearance: Hairstyle, jewelry, stockings, and shoes should match to the design and colour of the Qipao / Cheongsam and should be presented as an unit.



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