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How to Pick a High Quality Mandarin Dress

The second half of year 2015 has begun. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to lose a few pounds. A curve-hugging Mandarin dress can help you more with the process, which will force you to tuck in your tummy and eat less. In the meantime, a Mandarin dress in the right cut won’t be too tight but will create the illusion of a better figure. You don’t have to be Chinese to wear a Mandarin dress. M
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zhou xun in qipao dress

Looking 29 at 40 in the Mandarin Collar

Do you know the Chinese actress in the photos below? If you don’t, can you guess how old she is? Can you believe she turned 40 this year? In case you don’t already know, her name is Zhou Xun (Zhou is her family name, as the Chinese name order puts the surname first). The photos came from the production of her latest TV drama, a period piece set in the 1930s, in which her character first appears as a 19-ye
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chubby girl in mandarin dress

Turn Chubby into Charming in a Mandarin Dress

It’s a myth that Mandarin cheongsam dresses are just for skinny ladies. Mandarin dresses are meant to flatter a woman’s curves, so they actually won’t look very good on flat-chested women. Of course they won’t work for obese women, either, but if you are just a little heavy, like the Chinese actress in the photo below, you absolutely can pull off a Mandarin dress. The Chinese actress actually
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Put a Plaid Coat over a Plaid Cheongsam Dress

Plaid is a print that never goes out of style. It is especially popular this fall for a new twist — mixture. Yes, you can mix and match different plaid patterns this season, as shown on two of the runway models in the image bellow. Start with a Black and White or Neutral Plaid How can you mix and match plaid patterns without ending up looking like a mess? The trick is: one of your plaid patterns must be in blac
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Miss Hong Kong 2014 in a high slit qipao dress

Mandarin-Dress-Inspired Evening Gowns

When Miss Hong Kong 2014 was crowned on Aug 31, she and two runners-up were all wearing the same modernized Mandarin dress in floor length. The gown keeps the standup collar and column silhouette of the traditional Mandarin dress, but goes without Chinese frog buttons. Another difference is, instead of two side slits, this modern version has one high slit on the center left to reveal most of the left leg. This design
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How to Find Your Qipao

The biggest question: Where will you buy yourqipao? Many brides choose to have their qipaoscustom-made, and others order theirs online. Here are the pros and cons of the two most popular options. Custom-made Pros + By having a seamstress or tailor make yourqipao, you’ll get the ultimate hands-on experience. Just like having any garment handmade, you’ll consult with the designer about the style and fabric
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