2017 is the Year of The Rooster! Want to find a cool outfit for your kid to celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore? No matter what your background, little girls look pretty darn cute while wearing a cheongsam or qipao – and all little dudes can rock a mandarin-collar shirt. Of course, you can always head to Chinatown or Holland Village Shopping Centre to buy traditional Chinese-style clothes for kids in Singapore, but local labels are really taking it up a notch with cool CNY threads for kids. We’ve done all of the window shopping for you!
We absolutely adore local label Sea Apple for the lovely illustrations that feature on its tees and onesies for little peeps, and dresses that we always wish came in our size. Sea Apple’s CNY collection is sweet and sophisticated: inspired by the works of minimalist artist Agnes Martin, we’re loving the pastel hues, painterly vibe and Liberty fabrics from this range. These are some of the sharpest Mandarin-collar shirts we’ve seen for little guys, and check out those flutter sleeves and open pleats on the tiny cheongsams. Once again, why doesn’t this come in our size?
Le Petit Society
We’re not gonna lie: we get our Le Petit Society orders delivered to HoneyKids HQ so we can indulge in shared squeals over the cuteness. Le Petit Society’s limited-edition Rooster Collection features fun graphics on kids’ onesies, tees and dresses – and check out the dress for mums if you want to coordinate with kids in a pretty cool way. There’s a tee for dad, too!
This homegrown label (also pictured top) is the brainchild of graphic designer Nix Deng, and her artistic eye certainly shows through in her fun prints. Everything in her online boutique is lovingly made in Singapore, from the kids’ fashion to the toys and accessories. Make a beeline for the Kampung Hues collection and snap up a cheerful cheongsam for your little girl, or a smart cotton/linen Mandarin-collar shirt to ring in CNY. We’re all over that pineapple print! The mandarin-collar shirts for dads sold out as soon as this year’s CNY range launched, so our advice is to get the matching cheongsam for yourself stat.
Available at www.chubbychubby.sg and see website for full list of stockists.
Each year Elly Loves brings out one of the coolest CNY collections, and this year we’re in love with the gorgeous gingko leaf print and super fun panda print rompers! Of course, there are more fun little baby rompers, Mandarin-collar shirts and printed bermuda shorts for boys and colourful cheongsams for girls. And yes, there are tops for mums. Go on and indulge your urge to get matchy! Shop online or at the bricks-and-mortar store at Cluny Court.
Elly Loves, #02-29 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760; www.ellyloves.com
We discovered this local label at the last Boutiques Fair, and we’re impressed by its collection of reversible clothes for kids in fun fabrics – two outfits in one item of clothing! The CNY 2017 range features its signature scallop print in Mandarin collar shirts for boys and pom-pom trim dresses for girls. Love!
We’ve told you before how much we love the Matter Mini range by local label Matter: the coolest way to go matchy-matchy, we say. Not a CNY outfit, but something to love all year round, we’d go for the pomegranate red #mattermini dress for the little one and the sideswept dhoti pant in the ‘mobi’ print. One cool colour pop for you and the kid, and you’ll be supporting sustainable fashion together!
You probably already know how much we love Aussie label Seed Heritage for its fun designs for kids (and hallelujah to the Seed Women capsule collection arriving in Singapore!) so unsurprisingly, we’ll be picking up some threads from its CNY collection. Perfect if you want a more subtle nod to the Year of the Rooster.
This online boutique stocks cheongsams all year round. Using beautiful patterns and colours, you’ll be able to find something pretty spesh for girls up to age 14. Got a little one? The rompers and toddler dresses bring major cuteness. Little guys haven’t been forgotten: check out the ‘Kung Fu’ tops in fun fabrics and cute Mandarin collar shirts for boys age two-10. And psst: there are collections for the grown-ups too.
Little Friends by Lamasso
We want to see more from this super-cute collection, which is the brainchild of Spanish expats Maria and Lali – it just keeps getting better! The current collection’s take on the cheongsam has a lovely v-neck alongside traditional frog clasps, and for little guys, there are smart Mandarin-collar shirts and trousers in cool and comfy linen. For some major awwwws, there are super mini sizes for babies too! Check Little Friends by Lamasso’s Facebook page for updates on pop-up shops and markets where you can check out the range.
Don’t forget the shoes! Just when we thought the Mini Melissa range couldn’t get any cuter, in comes this little goldfish number. Auspicious! Mini Melissa Furadinha + Fabula, $95 from Mdreams boutiques or www.mdreams.com.sg and www.zalora.sg.