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Pageant-Appropriate Mandarin Dresses

If you think you are too old for a beauty pageant because you are no longer 21, think again. The contestants of the 2014 Mrs. Global Chinese Pageant are all over 25, and the oldest one is 63!

Group photo of contestants of the 2014 Mrs. Global Chinese Pageant in Mandarin dress
Group photo of contestants of the 2014 Mrs. Global Chinese Pageant in Mandarin dress

The Vancouver-based pageant, scheduled to take place on Nov 10, is a fund-raising event for a children’s hospital. Given “Mrs.” in the title of the pageant, all the contestants are married women.
At a pre-event press conference, the 12 finalists all came out in ankle-length Mandarin dresses to pose for photo shoots.

Among the finalists, the youngest and the oldest were both wearing red, but different shades of red.

Bright Red to Match the Youthful Skin

The scarlet Mandarin dress on the 25-year-old contestant makes her young face look more radiant. Since bright red is eye-catching, it will bring a lot of attention to your face. That’s why your skin must be very smooth to pull off this color.

If you are in your 20s or early 30s, here are some ankle-length Mandarin dresses in bright red, which you may consider for your Chinese-style wedding banquet, or the 2015 Mrs. Global Chinese Pageant.

Painted Peony Qipao Gown Mandarin Dress in Red
Painted Peony Qipao Gown Mandarin Dress in Red
Magnolia Embroidered Long Qipao Gown Mandarin Dress In Red
Magnolia Embroidered Long Qipao Gown Mandarin Dress In Red
Red Chinese Gown Mandarin Dress With Green Trims & Removable Peony Emboidery
Red Chinese Gown Mandarin Dress With Green Trims & Removable Peony Emboidery
Peony Embroidered Red Cheongsam For Wedding
Peony Embroidered Red Cheongsam For Wedding
Graceful Wedding Cheongsam Fishtail Long Dress Brocade
Graceful Wedding Cheongsam Fishtail Long Dress Brocade

Graceful Burgundy for Mature Ladies

For those who have aged out on bright red, burgundy is a nice alternative. It has the same warm tone that can bring out a little blush on your cheeks to make you look more energetic, but it won’t draw attention to the imperfections on your skin, if any.

In case you are in your 50s or 60s, here are some burgundy Mandarin dresses you can wear for your child’s wedding or the 2015 Mrs. Global Chinese Pageant.

Wine Red Cheongsam Dress Silk W/ White Magnolia Print
Wine Red Cheongsam Dress Silk W/ White Magnolia Print
Wine Red Mandarin Dress With White Floral Print
Wine Red Mandarin Dress With White Floral Print
Vintage Floral Watered Gauze Mandarin Dress
Vintage Floral Watered Gauze Mandarin Dress
Trumpet-Sleeve Brocade Mandarin Dress
Trumpet-Sleeve Brocade Mandarin Dress
New Classic Silk Qipao In Tea Length - Ode Of Chang'an
New Classic Silk Qipao In Tea Length – Ode Of Chang’an

Brilliant Sapphire Blue or Glorious Golden Yellow for those from Mid 30s to Early 40s

Although burgundy is a very flattering color, most women under 45 tend to stay away from it because it seems like older ladies’ favorite color. If you feel you are too young for burgundy but not young enough for bright red, go for sapphire blue or golden yellow. These two colors look elegant, so they actually work better with a little age than inexperienced youth, but they are vibrant in the meantime and therefore won’t make you look older.

Embroidery Lotus Cusoms Silk Qipao Gown Sapphire Blue
Embroidery Lotus Cusoms Silk Qipao Gown Sapphire Blue
Embroidery Lotus Cusoms Silk Qipao Gown Sapphire Blue
Embroidery Lotus Cusoms Silk Qipao Gown Sapphire Blue
Embroidered Dragon & Phoenix Pattern Fishtail Chinese Wedding Gown In Royal Blue
Embroidered Dragon & Phoenix Pattern Fishtail Chinese Wedding Gown In Royal Blue
Embroidered Dragon & Phoenix Pattern Fishtail Chinese Wedding Gown In Royal Blue
Embroidered Dragon & Phoenix Pattern Fishtail Chinese Wedding Gown In Royal Blue
Peony Print Cheongsam Dress -
Peony Print Cheongsam Dress – “A Spell Of Fragrance”
Peony Print Cheongsam Dress -
Peony Print Cheongsam Dress – “A Spell Of Fragrance”

Slimming Patterns for those from Mid to Late 40s

Women tend to gain excessive weight in their 40s. So, if you are in your mid to late 40s, you may want the slimming effect of black. However, all black may look dull on a middle-aged woman — all black works best with smooth fair skin for a nice contrast of color, but that’s usually not the case with middle-aged women.

Actually, for any age, it’s better to have some print or beading on black to make it look more lively. In addition, the print or beading can be arranged to create inward curves along the waistline, subsequently generating a slenderizing effect. Here are some black Mandarin dresses with really pretty and slimming print or beading.

Black & Gold Qipao Dress w/ Tapered Hem
Black & Gold Qipao Dress w/ Tapered Hem
Red-Trimmed Black Mandarin Dress With Floral Print
Red-Trimmed Black Mandarin Dress With Floral Print
Black Floral Long Mandarin Dress
Black Floral Long Mandarin Dress
Oil Painting Flowers On Classic Silk Cheongsam -
Oil Painting Flowers On Classic Silk Cheongsam – “The Song Of Nostalgia”
Fishtail Luxury Evening Gowns Black Long
Fishtail Luxury Evening Gowns Black Long

All the Mandarin dresses shown above are meant for formal occasions. You can definitely pick one for your next black-tie event. Or use it for the 2015 Mrs. Global Chinese Pageant!

Fabulous Elbow-Sleeve Mandarin Dresses for Fall

As the weather cools down, elbow sleeves, also known as half sleeves, become a practical choice. Although you can still wear a sleeveless dress and layer a jacket over it, you may feel slightly frustrated when it’s even too cold for you take off the jacket indoors. Before winter arrives, most indoor places are not heated. That means the coldest season for indoor environments may be fall instead of winter! Fall is really a time for elbow-sleeve dresses!

Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Dress w/ Magnolia Embroidery by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Dress w/ Magnolia Embroidery by ELEGENTE

Keeping You Warm Indoors

The red elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress shown above would be ideal for a Chinese wedding banquet held in the fall. The bride won’t need to layer a bolero or shawl over the dress during the banquet to keep her arms warm. Every guest will get to see the beauty of the entire dress!

Why elbow sleeves but not long sleeves then? You may ask. Well, first of all, elbow sleeves are long enough to keep us warm. When it’s just a little chilly, we will feel cold in our upper arms but not in the lower arms, because our lower arms move a lot and thus usually stay warm.

Secondly, elbow sleeves won’t restrict the movement of the lower arms. You do everything more easily in elbow sleeves than in long sleeves.

Plus, in most cases, unless the long sleeves are sheer or made of lace, long-sleeve dresses tend to look a little matronly. You certainly don’t want to add years to the age you look!

Sophisticated but Youthful

Elbow sleeves look more conservative than short sleeves or the sleeveless style, but they won’t make you appear older. Since the exposure of the lower arms allows free movements of the entire arms, it keeps your entire image agile, therefore youthful.

An elbow-sleeve dress can be a wonderful office outfit. Its sleeves will keep your upper arms warm at work but won’t get in the way when your lower arms are busy moving over the desk.

Below are some office-appropriate Mandarin dresses with elbow sleeves.

Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Dress with Chinese Ink Pattern Prints by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Dress with Chinese Ink Pattern Prints by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Dress Linen Qipao Dress Sapphire by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Dress Linen Qipao Dress Sapphire by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Qipao Dress Grey with Floral Prints by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Mandarin Qipao Dress Grey with Floral Prints by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Chinese Cheongsam Linen W/ Blue And White Printing by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Chinese Cheongsam Linen W/ Blue And White Printing by ELEGENTE
Retro Cheongsam Republic China Style Striped Linen Grey
Retro Cheongsam Republic China Style Striped Linen Grey

Perfect Combination of Elbow Sleeves and the Mandarin Collar

Elbow-sleeve dresses come in many styles, but they look best with the traditional Mandarin collar, because the stand-up collar can enhance the sleek look of the elbow sleeves. In the meantime, the Mandarin collar will keep your neck warm in the cooling weather.

If you put on an elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress, you won’t need a scarf. You won’t need a necklace, either — the ornate frog buttons of the Mandarin dress should suffice to decorate your collar bone area. You can totally minimize your accessories, and you know minimalism is considered tasteful in fashion.

In the fall, an elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress made of splendid silk is really all you need for special occasions. Below are some fantastic choices:

Elbow-sleeve Cheongsam Dress Rose by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Cheongsam Dress Rose by ELEGENTE
Modern Silk Cheongsam With Handmade Frog Buttons & Triple Trimming by ELEGENTE
Modern Silk Cheongsam With Handmade Frog Buttons & Triple Trimming by ELEGENTE
Half-sleeve Floral Satin Traditional Cheongsam Dress by ELEGENTE
Half-sleeve Floral Satin Traditional Cheongsam Dress by ELEGENTE
Classic Half-Sleeve Floral Qipao with Delicate Trim by ELEGENTE
Classic Half-Sleeve Floral Qipao with Delicate Trim by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Chinese Brocade Mandarin Wedding Reception Dress by ELEGENTE
Elbow-sleeve Chinese Brocade Mandarin Wedding Reception Dress by ELEGENTE

All these Mandarin dresses look fancy enough for you to just let one of them shine on its own without bothering with accessories.

No matter you have work, play, or both in mind, you can never go wrong with an elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress in the fall. Definitely pick one this fall!

Legacies & Innovations Cheongsam Fashion Show ﹣ Hong Kong Week 2013@ Taipei

To promote the “Hong Kong [email protected]” hosted by the Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee in association with the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (Taiwan), ITC and the Hong Kong Museum of History have jointly staged the “Legacies & Innovations: Cheongsam Fashion Show” at Eslite Xinyi Flagship Bookstore in Taipei.

Legacies & Innovations Cheongsam Fashion Show ﹣ Hong Kong Week 2013@ Taipei
Legacies & Innovations Cheongsam Fashion Show ﹣ Hong Kong Week 2013@ Taipei

The “Legacies & Innovations: Cheongsam Fashion Show”, which was held on 29 November 2013, was an eye-catching curtain-raiser for the grand opening of this year’s “Hong Kong Week” in Taipei.

The show was well attended by government officials and representatives of arts groups from both Hong Kong and Taiwan, including Mr Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Home Affairs; Mr Fredric Mao Chun-fai, Convener of Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee; Mrs Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services; and Mr John Leung, Director of Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office.

As one of the Hong Kong Week’s extension activities, the show aims at offering a cultural exchange platform for designers from Hong Kong and Taiwan, which illustrates the unique fashion styles of the two cities. It also helps to foster public interest and knowledge in traditional cheongsam.

(from left) Ms Anne Hon, Project Manager; Prof. Wu Yen-I, Assistant Professor of Fu Jen Catholic University; Ms Shiu Suet-man, ITC student; Prof. Tseng Tzu-hui, Assistant Professor of Shih Chien University; Mr Sam Hong-ling, Lecturer of Shih Chien University; Ms Susanna Siu, Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History; Prof. Don Lin, Assistant Professor of Fu Jen Catholic University; and Mr Chen Dao, ITC Alumnus.

The show featured 46 outfits of cheongsams from 19 PolyU ITC fashion design staff, alumni and students, as well as four design staff from two fashion schools in Taipei: Fu Jen Catholic University and Shih Chien University. These modern cheongsams incorporate the latest trends in fabric, style, cut and accessories that enhance the charisma and cosmopolitan feel of the dress.

To echo the overwhelming response of this unique fashion show, the creative collections will be displayed at ITC Fashion Gallery in March 2014.

Backstage of Cheongsam Fashion Show
Backstage of Cheongsam Fashion Show

For more photos, please visit ITC Facebook Fan Page.

Cheongsam Clad Lee Young Ae Impresses World of Fashion at Gucci SS 2014 Show

At the 2014 Gucci Spring Summer Collection Show in Milan, Korean actress Lee Young Ae was caught dressed up in a cheongsam like dress.

Lee Young Ae in a cheongsam ish dress of Gucci 2013 AW collection
Lee Young Ae in a cheongsam ish dress of Gucci 2013 AW collection

Fashion brand presenter Blake Christina Lively, British music producer Anna Calvi and many other celebrities were invited to the show. Being the only Oriental face, Lee Young Ae specially chose a qipao style dress of the Gucci 2013 AW collection, her elegant presence had drawn the attention of the media.

Lee Young Ae in a qipao like dress at 2014 Gucci fashion show w Anna Wintour
Lee Young Ae in a qipao like dress at 2014 Gucci fashion show w Anna Wintour

The Chinese qipao style dress gracefully exhibits Lee’s special quality of elegance magically. The draping quality of the gradient houndstooth patterned fabric of the dress, the simple decorated black leather belt, and the black clutch bag can really be some inspiring matching tips for cheongsam lovers, especially the pair of simple colored platform, and the plain gold circle earrings.

More photos of Lee in the cheongsam in Milan

Mandarin Dress Styling for Winter

Tactfully Put Together a Beautiful & Warm Ensemble

The look of this week still incorporates a Mandarin dress. I insist on my long-held belief which blends Mandarin dresses into daily life so this cultural style won’t be lost.

Some people say Mandarin dresses are too thin for winter. Then how to wear a Mandarin dress in winter requires techniques.

How to dress impeccably is forever a lesson women are learning.

Day 1

Actually, there is heating indoors in general, so you won’t feel cold just wearing a Mandarin dress indoors. If I go outside, I will wear a tank top underneath my Mandarin dress and use a skin adhesive heat pad. Then I won’t feel too cold. For the lower half, I will put on two layers of velvet tights. So, don’t think I’m not intimidated by cold weather. I am, but it will be fine when I use good methods to keep myself warm.

I layered a vintage coat of my mom’s over today’s Mandarin dress. Other than that, there are some little accessories. I’m a detail-oriented person. Do you see every little thought I put into this outfit?

cheongsam and black glove
cheongsam and black glove
checks qipao and orange bag
checks qipao and orange bag
hair accessory for cheongsam
hair accessory for cheongsam
cheongsam and vintage earrings
cheongsam and vintage earrings
orange bag for cheongsam
orange bag for cheongsam

Day 2

A Chinese-style ensemble vs a Western-style handbag. Ethereal blue vs eye-catching orange. Traditions vs innovation. Using contrast colors has become an indispensable element of today’s styling. The combination of retro and trendy items is getting on the cutting edge, too. Fashion has never had a fixed model. Creativity is forever endless.

I continue following my heart to proceed. I have never thought about getting everyone’s approval. I appreciate all the support. Fashion is not necessarily something everyone understands, but having some supporters gives me motivation.

An annual conference recently started. Everyone was competing by comparing outfits on one another. Matching a retro Mandarin dress with modern accessories, plus a bright-colored silk headscarf, this is definitely the best style at the annual conference. The wool Mandarin dress is thick and warm. You can choose one with three-quarter sleeves or long sleeves. Then it will be even more convenient for you to wear.

Day 3

Destiny really can decide many things in life. What kind of family you were born into, what kind of education you received, and what kind of people and things you encounter can all affect your fate.

My mom was a fashionista who loved to buy luxury items when she was young. Although she has given many of them away, she keeps some classic pieces, so I can go through her closet and find so many vintage items to mix and match, such as today’s dog-fur coat. Although it sounds cruel (there used to be dog-fur clothes!), when I put it on, I could not stop uttering, “Too luxurious! Too luxurious!” In the meantime, it is indeed very warm.

Mixing and matching these items obtained from some coincidences, I put together this look, because I love these items, and because it’s meant to be.

The hunter green Mandarin dress goes with an earthy-toned jacket and ethnic-themed floral wedge shoes. The retro sunglasses come with chains in the shape of a swallow. I bought them because my name contains the word Yan, which means “the swallow” in Chinese. The floral earrings match the Mandarin dress, too. The matching handbag is still a rustic specialty product of the Yunnan Province. Discovering accessories from various places is something that gives me quite a sense of achievement, only second to creation.

Whenever you are around, I feel safe and sound.

street shot for qipao and fur cheongsam
street shot for qipao and fur cheongsam
street shot for cheongsam and fur
street shot for cheongsam and fur