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|Can you spot the Art Deco building lining the River Thames bank?|
|Details....high side slit and neat inner lining.....|
|Can you see the high 6cm collar and textured embroidery dyed cotton?|
|Fly me away with my hair.....the peony and butterfly comb.....|
'Spring in a Small Town' (1948) by Fei Mu
Qipao Tip ~ Fit!
Well, it depend on your personal preference as well as style ideal. Think about it. I have heard a blogger claim she was told by a tailor that the Qipao or Cheongsam should be fitted in order to look good. My thoughts on the matter is that it should depend on the individual body as well as particular style of the Qipao, and it might also be useful to consider 'how fitted' when we say that it should be fitted. In pre-1900s the Qipao was a loose angular robe with attention paid to trims, embroidery, piping and fabric....then the 1920s brought a slightly more fitted approach that evolved and cloned with Western tailoring for a tightly fitted hour glass shape by the 1950s and an A-shaped mini length for the daring 1960s...even the 1970s maxi trend and groovy vibrant prints were worked into the Qipao. Though each decade blended their own quirks into individual Qipao dresses, albeit tailor made or off the rack productions, it was still down to wearer on how they wanted their Qipao to look and every decade still had Qipao wearing beauties. Of course it is rather easy for me just to say tailor or custom made will be best, as you can probably see how my custom made Elegente Qipao works well to hide my muffin top tummy in the photos of this post, though it might not be of the highest help to you my darling readers. So here's a little pointer or two:
- Choose the right combination to build the most flattering fit ~ If you happen to be a voluptuous curvy beauty, a long or full length conical shaped Qipao, especially with one front slit and a higher collar can work well to bring some sassiness to an otherwise traditionally elegant garment. For slim shorter frames, a flared out mid-century or modern bottom ending higher above the knee with a fitted waist can work to highlight your gorgeous pins with some heels.
- Consider the power of the fabric ~ There is a reason why some often call it flower power, cottons and matted textured blends with a floral print can add a mass of vibrancy to bring a feminine prettiness, but it will also depend on how big or small the prints are. If you happen to be self conscious over a curvy bit and want to wear shiny satin or silks, then consider the lack of stretch in the fabric and avoid it being too fitted to allow yourself some breathing space as well as not emphasising where you intend to down play...think comfort and practicality too.
|My tailored custom made Qipao in a relaxed fit...by Elegente (Southbank, London)|
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