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How To: Add A Modern Touch To A Traditional CNY Outfit

How To: Add A Modern Touch To A Traditional CNY Outfit

By: Ming

Chinese New Year is a time filled with traditions. Angpao (yes, please!), mandarin oranges, family reunions and feasts! While traditions can be a fun thing, it doesn’t always mean they need to be followed to the T, especially when it comes to fashion! Here are some modern alternatives to classic traditional styles perfect for your celebrations this year!

The Mandarin Collar

A mandarin collar is a short unfolded stand-up collar style that you’d often find on traditional cheongsams. These days though, you can find them on regular shirt and dress designs that are anything but traditional. The mandarin collar fits in perfectly with the high neck trend and we love how it adds a touch of formality and sophistication to the overall look.

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KOZO
Lang Mandarin Collar Dress

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Pomelo Fashion
Margie Ruffled Mandarin Collar Blouse

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The Colour Red

Red is synonymous with Chinese New Year and will always be a trending colour for the season. But if bright shades like that aren’t to your taste, who says you can’t mix it up! The best way to stand out in a sea of red and gold is to dress in a contrasting colour, after all! But if you’re going on house visitations and you’re dressed in black, just make sure it’s something your guest would be okay with.

Pieces We Love:

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Megane
Rachel Lace Panel Cheongsam Dress

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Nadja Dress

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PS Curate
Crochet Lace Cheongsam

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The Cheongsam

Ahh, possibly one of the most prominent fashion tradition of them all. While we love the cheongsam, we’re also glad for designs with an added twist to them. Cuts like fit and flare, colour blocking and lace trims add the perfect edge to the classic style.

Pieces We Love:

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Megane
Shevon Embroidered Lace Cheongsam

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Kei Mag
Huyna Cheongsam

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Megane
Floral Print Half Sleeve Cheongsam

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The Cherry Blossom

Cherry blossom prints are feminine, chic and we love them! But they can also be very season specific so if you’d like something that you can wear all year round, look for floral prints that are a little more universal. They don’t even need to be flowers that need to exist in real life!

Pieces We Love:

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Contemporary Floral Wrap Dress

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Painted Floral Swing Dress

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Lily Floral Printed Cheongsam

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