Pretty traditional cheongsams for women (and girls) of all shapes and sizes

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Asian girl greets happy Chinese New yYear with folded hands. PHOTO: Getty Images
Happy Chinese New Year! PHOTO: Getty Images

Now that we have to relegate the task of reciting auspicious lohei sayings to an app and cap the house guests to a maximum of five per day, it appears that our Chinese New Year customs will once again be diluted this year.

However, there’s always a silver lining behind every dark cloud, and there’s no stopping us from embracing Chinese customs in other ways. Tuck into traditional CNY dishes, carry on with the CNY hamper gifting tradition, and dress up in traditional clothes like the elegant qipao, also known as the cheongsam.

The interest in cheongsam was revived when Maggie Cheung arrested our attention as she strutted effortlessly in them in the movie, "In the Mood for Love" (2001), set in 1962 Hong Kong. Scene after scene, she made us (males and females alike) lust after her, and her cheongsams, as she glided across the screen in one tight-fitting traditional qipao after another. Never will we see cheongsam the same again! Inspired by the tall and lithe screen siren, some of us may have attempted to wear a cheongsam only to look more like the service staff in a Chinese restaurant. Alas, mere mortals like us are not typically blessed with the star’s height and figure to carry off the traditional straight-cut cheongsam.

Well, now you can! Liven up your 2022 CNY by donning the traditional attire with a modern twist. Think mandarin collars that do not choke your neck, frog buttons without the fuss, sleeves that allow your arms to move freely, roomier cuts, and A-line skirts – all-round flattering designs for the modern lady who refuses to be encumbered by restrictive attire. What’s more, we also found sizes from 2XS to 4XL – designs for every woman, including your mini-me!

Now, that's a fabulous start to the lunar new year. Happy cheongsam shopping ladies!

The modern cheongsam

Zalora Occasion Sleeveless Cheongsam Jumpsuit, S$66.06 (was S$69.90)

Zalora Occasion Sleeveless Cheongsam Jumpsuit. PHOTO: Zalora
Zalora Occasion Sleeveless Cheongsam Jumpsuit. PHOTO: Zalora

Zalora Occasion Puff Sleeve Cheongsam Dress, S$58.88 (was S$69.90)

Puff Sleeve Cheongsam Dress. PHOTO: Zalora
Puff Sleeve Cheongsam Dress. PHOTO: Zalora

Cute Design Modern Style Cheongsam, S$22.90 (was S$69.90)

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Cute Design Modern Style Cheongsam. PHOTO: Shopee
Cute Design Modern Style Cheongsam. PHOTO: Shopee

Joso Improved Cheongsam Autumn Retro, S$25.70 (was S$45.05)

Joso Improved Cheongsam Autumn Retro. PHOTO: Lazada
Joso Improved Cheongsam Autumn Retro. PHOTO: Lazada

STANLEY Coco M-XXL Beijing Peking Opera Cheongsam, S$25.09 (was S$43.89)

STANLEY Coco M-XXL Beijing Peking Opera Cheongsam. PHOTO: Lazada
STANLEY Coco M-XXL Beijing Peking Opera Cheongsam. PHOTO: Lazada

For the fabulously plus-sized

Pomelo Front Bow Detail Dress, S$38.40 (was S$64)

Pomelo Front Bow Detail Dress. PHOTO: Lazada
Pomelo Front Bow Detail Dress. PHOTO: Lazada

Plus Size M-4XL Modern Cheongsam Dress, S$40.44 (was S$73.53)

Plus Size M-4XL Modern Cheongsam Dress. PHOTO: Lazada
Plus Size M-4XL Modern Cheongsam Dress. PHOTO: Lazada

STANLEY Coco Ins M-4XL Cheongsam A-Line Dress, S$24.19 (was S$42.97)

STANLEY Coco Ins M-4XL Cheongsam A-Line Dress. PHOTO: Lazada
STANLEY Coco Ins M-4XL Cheongsam A-Line Dress. PHOTO: Lazada

Plus Size M-4XL Short Sleeve Yellow Grid Qipao, S$28.57 (was S$51.62)

Plus Size M-4XL Short Sleeve Yellow Grid Qipao. PHOTO: Lazada
Plus Size M-4XL Short Sleeve Yellow Grid Qipao. PHOTO: Lazada

For your mini-me

Lzzie Brush Strokes Detachable Collar Cheongsam, S$79

Lzzie Brush Strokes Detachable Collar Cheongsam. PHOTO: Zalora
Lzzie Brush Strokes Detachable Collar Cheongsam. PHOTO: Zalora

CNY Kids Cheongsam, 2-7 years old, S$11.90

CNY Kids Cheongsam, 2-7 years old. PHOTO: Lazada
CNY Kids Cheongsam, 2-7 years old. PHOTO: Lazada
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