These are not your average Chinese New Year outfits! We found stunning cheongsams and qipaos in Singapore...
Step into style ‘cos family reunion dinners and get-togethers are just around the corner! It isn’t ALL about red, though (you don’t need to be a walking ang bao). CNY fashion in Singapore goes well beyond the classic cheongsam with batik, modern jumpsuits and bold prints thrown into the mix. Here are our fave local (and Singapore-based) brands injecting a bit of edge into the festivities.
Where to buy cheongsams in Singapore
We can’t get enough of the fun pieces at Modparade – just browse through its range of apparel that come in flattering shapes and shades. Don’t know what to get for occasions like CNY? You won’t regret adding one of the cheongsams to your basket. They come in various prints ranging from koi fish to fortune cats. Modparade even has a collection for pets, so your furry friends can be part of the festivities too.
Modparade, shop online
2. The Missing Piece
What began as a little label with lovely resort-friendly dresses and cute kids’ shirts has quickly evolved into one of the most coveted independent brands for CNY style. It’s all thanks to the brand’s mix of prints, colours and eye-catching designs. With details such as flutter sleeves, pastel hues, sophisticated silhouettes and gorgeous lace, the cheongsam range is all about contemporary beauty.
The Missing Piece, shop online and at #03-05, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
3. Lark & Peony
We love the classy take on cheongsams by Lark & Peony, which produces small-batch designs for the modern woman. If you love fab patterns, cool colour combinations and versatile two-pieces that you can turn into different looks, make this brand your go-to. We’re eyeing the flowy Mandarin tops, funky harem pants and the Georgina cheongsam for fancy occasions.
Lark & Peony, shop online
Modgeek brings in soft, breezy and comfy qipaos from Taiwan. Perfect for our tropical weather. Each piece makes a statement with high waistlines, cutouts and feminine silhouettes. Want a timeless design? You can’t go wrong with a striking red cheongsam sporting cap sleeves and a mandarin collar.
Modgeek, shop online
A homegrown urban resortwear brand, Y21 (formerly known as Yacht 21) is all about summer-friendly apparel made with lightweight and breathable materials. Perfect for our tropical island! Its online exclusive, the Von printed cheongsam, features a feminine silhouette and beautiful prints. Talk about sophisticated.
Y21, shop online and at multiple locations including Wheelock Place and Jewel Changi Airport
6. Dotted Line
This local brand makes fashion look easy and effortless with its charming, contemporary designs and attention to detail. Shop the range of cheongsams and dress to impress with lilac beauties, lily prints, fuchsia hues and more. We’ve got our eye on the traditional yet preppy Rachel cheongsam in green tweed.
Dotted Line, shop online
7. Studio HHFZ
Looking for exquisite cheongsams in Singapore? Dressmaker Ruixian Hu’s work has an edge. If you want something tailor-made, check out Studio HHFZ’s socials for examples of the beautiful pieces created here. Look closer at those dresses: they’re next-level beautiful and crafted to fit your body perfectly. From luxe fabrics to intricate details to stunning prints, each piece is quite a work of art.
Studio HHFZ, #02-12, Waterloo Centre, 261 Waterloo Street, Singapore 180261
8. Joli Pretty
The devil is in the details and Joli Pretty knows what’s up. Each piece has character – think delicate lace details, batik prints, modern silhouettes and vibrant colours. Want to stand out at your reunion dinner or family meet-ups? Just browse through the range to find the perfect outfit for your CNY gatherings.
Joli Pretty, shop online
9. Mama and Misse
With a team of dressmakers who have decades of experience between them, Mama and Misse crafts bespoke and ready-to-wear cheongsams from luxe fabrics. Get yours custom-made or pick a design you like and have it altered to fit you. From halter necks to midi lengths to cap sleeves, each dress is a marvel to behold.
Mama and Misse, shop online and at #02-10, International Plaza, 10 Anson Road, Singapore 079903
10. YeoMama Batik
If you aren’t following this quirky brand on Insta yet, you know what to do. Mother and daughter team Mama Yeo and Desleen are behind this lovely label, which is all about handmade batik designs spanning tops, dresses, the cutest jumpsuits and tailored pants. Sizes range from UK 6 to UK 18, and we love that. Check out the printed maxi dresses, cheongsam shift dresses, colourful playsuits and elegant designs blending batik and cheongsam elements. The shop also offers outfits for men and kids so you can all match!
YeoMama Batik, shop online and at #01-87, Oxley Bizhub 1, 65 Ubi Road 1, Singapore 408729
11. Shanghai Tang
If you’re up for a splurge, this luxury label does a great job of blending beautiful tradition with chic designs. Think metallic peony jacquard prints on a mini qipao, rose patterns on a long qipao with silk lining, and vibrant red designs with an elegant slit. You’ll be the belle of your reunion dinner for sure.
Shanghai Tang, shop online and at #01-27A/28, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
So you’d like to take your cheongsam collection to the next level? Keep tabs on local label PaoPao. We’re lovin’ the edgy and handmade designs that give a modern spin to the traditional attire. Best of all, you can sift through the different silhouette choices – from flared skirts to fitted – and find one that best suits your body type.
PaoPao, shop online
Not your average qipao here: OliveAnkara’s vibrant wax-print fabrics from Africa bring a cross-cultural twist to your CNY look. We’re a little obsessed with the colours and prints. Shop online or visit the Tiong Bahru studio for a fitting, but know this. If you spot something you love, snap it up stat. These limited edition styles are known to sell out in a flash, so we endorse impulse shopping when it comes to this bold brand. Besides, these vibrant statement pieces don’t only have to be worn during Chinese New Year.
OliveAnkara, shop online and at #01-02, 79 Chay Yan Street, Singapore 160079
This Hong Kong-based fashion brand, started by Grace Choi Yi-ming, shows off its signature east-meets-west style in its collections. The range features stylish cheongsams and mix and match separates. We’re loving the black jacquard sleeveless cheongsam with gold foil – it’s oh-so-classy.
Yi-ming, shop online
This modern batik fashion label’s CNY collection stars beautiful prints and vivid hues. The Mandarin-collared cheongsam in satin comes in a vibrant red for all your reunion gatherings in Singapore. But, if you want something a little less traditional, go for the tunic dress.
Batique, shop online
Time to update your cheongsam collection at these shops in Singapore!