So you’ve bought a new cheongsam for Chinese New Year and now that it’s over, you have no idea what to do with it. Don’t fold and pack it away to collect dust! These beautiful and elegant cheongsam dresses deserve to get more time in the spotlight. Apart from the Lunar New Year, a cheongsam looks great for other fancy occasions like black tie events and weddings. Be proud of your heritage, and rock a cheongsam to casual outings or fancy parties.
A traditional cheongsam fits the body in all the right places. With its high collar, asymmetrical opening and side slits, we’re lucky to have even more variety with modern cheongsam dresses added to the mix. At The WYLD Shop in Singapore, we boast a gorgeous cheongsam collection by lifestyle brand, Nala, that features a range of traditional and modern silhouettes with unique prints and patterns. This year, Nala has treated us to a whole new collection of cheongsam dresses with unique prints inspired by the beauty of Asia.
Get some ideas of where else you can rock a cheongsam and the stories behind Nala’s hand-illustrated cheongsam patterns.
Weddings - We Can’t Promise You Won’t Steal The Spotlight!
Not to steal the bride’s spotlight, but wearing a cheongsam to a wedding can be a stunning and unique way to stand out in the crowd of basic dresses and suits. A cheongsam adds just a touch of elegance and cultural flair to your wedding attire. If you’d like to stick to a traditional look, accessorise with a pair of jade earrings and bracelets. Add a pop of colour with a bold red lip and carry a simple, elegant evening clutch to finish your look.
The Negrexico print is a tribute to the natural splendour of Malaysia and a reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Nestled amidst the verdant beauty of Malaysia's rare and indigenous flora, the Negrexico Nala print was inspired by the seeds that sprout from the palm trees.
High Tea - It’s Giving Refined & Elegant
Sipping on a cuppa tea and eating scones on a Saturday afternoon with the girls screams luxury and sophistication, which makes a cheongsam a perfect choice for high tea. Modern cheongsam dresses come in a variety of designs and silhouettes and you can even opt for a fit-and-flare style for more comfort. Add a little personality to your get-up with bold and bright prints and style it with a delicate headpiece and a crochet mini bag.
The Genie in a Bottle pattern is the culmination of an array of inspirations and travels by Nala designer, Lisette Scheers. The print is a tribute to the botanicals that grow in the Malaysian state of Negri Sembilan and antique snuff bottles that were once prized possessions of the middle ages.
Family Dinner - Celebrate Your Culture With Your Loved Ones
Bring your traditions to your family dinner by donning your favourite cheongsam. Whether it’s at a restaurant or a home affair, be proud to show off your culture. Style your cheongsam with comfortable shoes like flats or a low heel and accessorise with colourful earrings and stacked rings. If you’d like to style it with a modern twist, pair it with a denim jacket or a cardigan sweater and sneakers.
The Potion print was inspired by the places Lisette visited on vacation. A journey to Kyoto in 2020 found her in an exhibition of antique snuff bottles. These intricate vessels were once prized possessions and a symbol of status that were considered the most fashionable and trendy item to have in the middle ages. Her Nala cheongsam print reflects the vintage glamour of the bottles.
Family Photo - A Timeless Portrait
Make a timeless snapshot of you and your loved ones a memorable one in a cultural dress. A cheongsam is a perfect way to show off your Asian roots and create a beautiful family portrait. Even if you’re not keen on a long cheongsam dress, opt for a shorter, modern silhouette. Style it with simple and elegant accessories like pearl earrings and a delicate necklace.
The Love For Lattice II pattern drew inspiration from the grills that adorn the windows and doors of homes and buildings throughout Southeast Asia. While these architectural elements are often overlooked, you can definitely appreciate the beauty of these handcrafted old-school geometric designs.
We can’t deny that traditional cheongsam dresses are gorgeous but if you’re ever looking for a more modern take on this cultural garment with funky and unique prints, come on down to The WYLD Shop on 412 Joo Chiat Road to try on our Nala cheongsam range or shop right here online.