How-To/Qipao Love ~ Part 17: How to own a Qipao in your style of elegant perfection?
|My very first tailor made Qipao by Elegente....|
|Love my very high mandarin collar and sky blue.....|
|I am real and human after all...so my D.I.Y styled hair does fly out of place from time to time.....|
|A slight run of lipstick can still be saved if you keep smiling!|
|Taking a stroll in the secret garden by the Southbank, London.|
|As strange as it may seem, we all have more than one sides to ourselves.....|
Styling - How to Tips!
Personally I don't think there is a one dress fits all solution. We are all individuals and personal body confidence can be a very tricky thing. There are bound to be days when we feel less than perfect or certain areas of ourselves that suddenly feel unflattering....it's normal and I think it means we are human. So what should we do? Sit back to let the gloom wash over us like a tsunami of spirit, or choose to do something to ride out the day as best you can? So let's think about this:
- What I can do to make that particular Qipao mine? ~ Besides taking in the darts in the midriff when I buy a off-the-rack Cheongsam (Qipao), and usually depending on the style I want it can be loosely or tightly fitted, I tend to consider other factors such as colour and matching accessories. For example, as I love pearls I would consider how a particular Qipao will look with my pearl necklace or earrings....or I would choose the sky blue colour that I love to bring a little bit of me into the dress. Go back to basic and keep it simple, as it can really be about placing a little bit of your favourite preference to make it simply you. Love the Qipao, love yourself too.
- 'What do you want to make the Qipao say about you? ~ It can vary from Qipao to Qipao, as different styles can say something different about you. Some days I like a clash for a feeling of chaotic vibrancy, whilst other days I seek the comforts of simplicity...so let creativity flow. For example a very fitted midriff can bring a small waist as the main focal point creating a dainty feeling of curvy proportions, whereas a very high mandarin collar can elongate the neck as a point of interest to draw attention upwards to one's face in simple elegance. Perhaps think along the lines of what is the favourite feature of yourself that makes you feel more confident...
These are the two questions I asked myself when I was choosing the fabric as well as design for my very first tailor made Qipao by online store Elegente (link), which they had requested me to review for them. The result is the Qipao featured here in this very post....a combination of pretty sky blue florals, higher than usual mandarin collar and mid-calf length (find my dress here)....matched with my favourite pearls and finger waves for a 1930s vintage inspired look of course. For those who are yet to hear of them, Elegente is a Qipao (Cheongsam) shop that is based in China offering both tailor made as well as off-the-rack Qipao, and claims to be the leading Chinese designer brand focusing on classical Qipao dresses. They try to fuse together a poetic line to bring the Qipao to life in name or sometimes stories, almost like a fusion of art and fashion.
|Behind the scenes.....of our photoshoot, the fabulous Caroline and I decided it was time for a selfie!|
|Pondering....what is a style of perfection?|
|A tad bit of 1930s style perhaps.....|
|Hide and seek......with leaves!|
Lastly, calling all 'Walking in May' and Cheongsam fans....if you can get your hands on the Walking in May Exclusive don't forget to enter the style competition announced in my previous post (details here)! Also hope you darlings have enjoyed the lovely photos of this post, taken by the very talented Caroline on our day out in Southbank (London) before I went to see the special 'Chinese Cinema' season at the BFI. In my next post I shall disclose what I think about my very first tailor made Qipao by Elegente....reviewing the dress, body measurement process and experience with this online Qipao shop...as well as my 1930s inspired look, so do stay tuned. Having had a busy but thoroughly enjoyable weekend of dancing in my end of year performance....setting forth to wish all you lovely darlings a fabulous week ahead!
Until the next time,
♥ May xx
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~Photos by Walking in May's Official Photographer:
Caroline Opacic Photography (Link)
|Close up of my tailor made Qipao by Elegente.....|