The Cheongsam (Qipao) is a traditional body-hugging one-piece dress worn by Chinese women. The typical cheongsam is characterised as form-fitting, accentuating the womanly figure. The mandarin collar shows off the slim neck, the snug fit at the arms, waist and hip shows off the curves of the women. Not to forget, the slits of the cheongsam expose a woman’s legs indistinctly when she walks.

In today’s not-so-perfect world, I have to credit Tong Tong for introducing the reinvented cheongsam, that makes cheongsam very wearable for all shapes and sizes. With that in mind, I trooped all the way to Shanghai’s Fabric Market (at Lu Jia Bang Lu) and tailor-made a dress like Tong Tong’s.

Dress: Tailor-made in Shanghai| Rose earrings: Shanghai| Bow clutch: ASOS| Patented sandals: Nine West

The fabric is satin with white stitchings. Workmanship was fantastic that I regretted not making more dresses!

I love how this dress is suitable for both work and play. It is comfortable, less restrictive and relevant without losing its traditional touch.


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