Your guide to shopping for beautiful little cheongsams, qipaos and Mandarin-collar shirts in Singapore
Whether you’re a Chinese New Year newbie or a seasoned pro, kids of all backgrounds love dressing up for the celebrations. Little girls look pretty darn cute while wearing a cheongsam or qipao, and small dudes can definitely rock a Mandarin-collar shirt no matter how big they are! You’ll find traditional Chinese-style clothes for the young and old alike all across Singapore (Chinatown and Holland Village Shopping Centres are a dead cert), but local labels are really taking it up a notch with cool Chinese-inspired threads for kids. We’ve done all of the window shopping for you!
Our own kiddos’ wardrobes are packed with gorgeous threads from Seed Heritage (pictured above) and the Australian label hasn’t let us down for CNY either! Its brand new collection is adorned with adorable pink piggy prints for all ages and suitable for any occasion. From Chinese New Year parties and beyond, you definitely won’t get boar-ed with these!
Stores at Tanglin Mall, Paragon, Wisma Atria and Takashimaya; www.seedheritage.com
This homegrown label is the brainchild of graphic designer Nix Deng, and her artistic eye certainly shows through in her fun prints. Everything in her boutique is lovingly made in Singapore, from the kids’ fashion to the toys and accessories. Make a beeline for the Spring Blessings 19 collection and snap up a cheerful cheongsam for your little girl, or a smart cotton/linen Mandarin-collar shirt to sport. There’s also matching Mandarin-collar shirts for dads and cheongsams for mum: but get in quick – they sold like hotcakes last year!
The Chubby Haus, Loewen Hill by Dempsey, 75A Loewen Road Singapore 248851; www.chubbychubby.sg
Le Petit Society
We’re not gonna lie: we’re frequent visitors to Le Petit Society’s Downtown Gallery store (and it’s fair to say we also indulge in the odd online delivery straight to HoneyKids HQ), so we’re super excited for the new CNY collection. Dragons, cranes, rainbow and of course, cute little piggy prints are all available for pre-order right now. Don’t forget to check out its Mama + Mini collection while you’re browsing!
6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery #03-10, 068815; www.lepetitsociety.com/shop
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 This Once Was An Orchard collection is inspired by Singapore’s favourite shopping district, Orchard Road. Threads travel back to the yesteryears of Orchard Road to revisit the plantations that once inhabited Orchard Road, from nutmeg flowers to banana trees. Tasty and tropical, these are some of the sharpest Mandarin-collar shirts we’ve seen for little guys, and check out the tiny rompers, pretty samfus and flutter sleeves.
We’re impressed by this local label’s collection of reversible clothes for kids in fun fabrics – two outfits in one item of clothing! Look out for dashing Mandarin-collar shirts for boys, cheongsam dresses for girls and rompers for bubbas. 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 strictly for Chinese New Year, but something to rock 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. Bonus: you’ll also be supporting sustainable fashion together!
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, and if you have a little one, rompers and toddler dresses bring major cuteness. Small 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.
The Elly Store
Toys, art and baby gifts aren’t the only things The Elly Store has in stock. Its popular Chinese New Year collection has hit the shelves for more twinning outfits for kids from 0 to 14 years as well as for mums and dads. You’ll find a variety of new year outfits for your little ones including cheongsams lined with lace, shirts for your little man and rompers for all seasons. Don’t forget to snag some shoes and snap up one of those adorable pineapple bags before they’re all sold out!
The Elly Store, #02-31/33 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760; www.theellystore.com
Luna & Moon
Singapore clothing label, Luna & Moon is the brainchild of mums Caroline and Melissa. They’ve created comfortable and classic kids wear with a modern twist that look and feel great even in Singapore’s blazing heat. We’re loving this year’s collection titled Oriental Spring with all the bright colours and floral prints to suit your bubbly child from as young as six months up to 10 years old. Plus there’s sibling twinning sets available and we do love when everyone matches!
Stockists at Eclecticism, Nana & Bird and The Playfair, lunaandmoon.com
Little Bean Shop
The handpicked clothing range at Little Bean Shop has us absolutely floored with their florals. A flower print cheongsam with a tulle skirt or a cute little khaki Chinese knot set, whatever you pick, the kiddos will look adorable in them. We’ll admit the pineapple kimono style romper made us wish we had another baby to dress them in. Sooooo cute! Preorders close 13 January so get your orders in quick.
For traditional Chinese-fashion with a fun print twist, check out the awesome patterns for all sizes (mums too!) at Miz Apparel. We are SO in line for a chubby bunny Cheongsam for us and a dress with playful pandas for our little ladies. Be quick though folks, each print comes in a limited supply!
8A Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Link Mall #B2-13, Singapore; www.mizapparels.com.sg
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