Since Chinese New Year is approaching, I have been on the lookout for a new cheongsam dress again. I might be late for the tailor but I reckoned that I might as well look around the web to seek inspirations for a newer and more refreshing design.

Here are some designs that I really like.. tell me what you think!

1. Asymmetrical hem

The asymmetrical skirt or fishtail skirt trend is huge. Why not implement it on a cheongsam dress? The dress above worn by Chinese actress Yao Di, looks breezy and bohemian. I also like how the collars have been rejuvenated to appear vaguely inspired by Mandarin collars, but more comfortable for the wearer.

2. Puffed sleeves

If you are concerned about flabby arms, perhaps you could look for a cheongsam dress with puffed sleeves, as seen on Ayumi Hamasaki.

3. Wear it as a short dress

You can easily find such short cheongsam dresses on eBay, Taobao, online stores, or even Chinatown. Add some modern elements to your outfit – such as leggings and leather clutch, as well as some fierce accessories. I love how Kate Moss looked edgy rather than traditional in this monochrome cheongsam dress.

4. Power shoulders and Obi belt

I feel like slapping myself for only seeing this collection now. Tibi’s Spring Summer 2009 collection had much Mandarin influence and the dresses above are calling my name! To modernise the cheongsam, we could opt for a wee power shoulders. I also liked the inclusion of Obi belt into the dress, the fusion of different Asian traditional elements do create some unlikely sparks, don’t you think?

Anyone knows where I can get my hands on this old collection?

5. Flutter sleeves

If you want your cheongsam dress to look more romantic, perhaps flutter sleeves would be a great addition, as seen on Gong Li and Shu Qi.

Before I end off this post, here’s Emma Watson in a long white cheongsam circa 2004. How cute!

For more ideas and inspirations, do check out my past posts on Cheongsams!

我一向钟情于改良式旗袍。传统旗袍过于束缚,不是人人可穿出它的美感。改良式旗袍连衣裙能够配合各种身材进行调整,却又保留一点传统元素,是新与旧的完美结合。搜寻了网上不同的旗袍造型,发现其实旗袍连衣裙有许多可改良的地方,通过不同的颜色与剪裁,可达到非常时尚的效果。例如为旗袍设计不规则裙摆,或者是在袖子上作些更改,就能够呈现焕然一新的感觉。

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