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Chinese Costumes & Traditional Dress

Qipao.

Picture Of A Qipao

For thousands of years traditional Chinese clothing was known as Hanfu, named after the “Han” who are the largest ethnic group in China and “Fu” meaning clothing. This style of dress featured long robes with wide sleeves and y shaped cross over style collars, this style of collar was later used by many Asian countries in their own clothing designs. Hanfu uses ribbons as fasteners instead of buttons and usually features a waistband with hanging decorations on it such as pieces of jade. Hanfu for women is particularly colorful while men’s Hanfu features more reserved colors and simpler patterns.

Hanfu was banned from the 17th century up to the early 20th century during the Manchu Qing Dynasty and in that time period the Chongsam became standard clothing for women in China. The chongsam, or qipao as it is also known consists of a tight, figure hugging one piece dress that uses many buttons as fasteners. They are made from cotton or silk and can be plain or colorful, often red or gold and with intricate embroidery.

Hanfu.

Hanfu

Chinese Wedding Dresses & Modern Outfits

Chinese Wedding Cheongsam

Chinese Wedding Cheongsam

Modern Qipao

Modern Qipao

Nowadays it is rare to find traditional Chinese clothing used for everyday wear apart from when the cheongsam is used as a uniform for service staff such as in restaurants and hotels. However, the cheongsam or qipao is commonly used as the wedding dress by brides during the traditional tea ceremony where they meet the groom’s family and in the evening during the wedding banquet.

Modern cheongsam’s come in a variety of shorter styles than traditional ones such as this knee length dress with silk brocade that gives it a striking metallic look.

For men a classic Chinese look can be achieved by wearing a silky kung fu style shirt or a jacket with a short stand up collar and black cotton shoes. This simple and elegant style of collar is known as a Mandarin collar and it has become increasingly popular in western countries in recent years.

Kung Fu Style Shirt.

Kung Fu Style Shirt

 

Chinese Hat With A Pigtail

Chinese Hat With Pigtail Accessory

Kung Fu Outfit

Kung Fu Outfit

Adult Chinese Style Costumes

The modern tight fitting Chinese chongsam is aleady a pretty sexy outfit since it shows off every single curve and often includes a long slit up the side to expose a considerable amount of leg. However it is a bit restrictive to move around in so here are some more comfortable and flexible variations on the theme.

Sexy Asian Empress Costume

Sexy Asian Empress Costume

Black Qipao Mini Dress

Black Qipao Mini Dress

Sexy Chinese Costume

Sexy Chinese Costume