2018 is the Year of The Dog and we’ve been barking up trees all over Singapore looking for the cutest Chinese New outfits! Whether you’re a CNY 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 the island (Chinatown and Holland Village Shopping Centres are a dead cert), 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!
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 to have discovered the new CNY 2018 collection: complete with mum and dad sizes – woo hoo! The hand painted illustrated prints (think Mandarin oranges, honey bees, Gingko flowers, rainbows and – of course – dogs) on ultra-comfy fabrics are a style winner all round. We know what we’re doing this lunchtime… Psst: there’s a special CNY discount happening right now! Use the code LUNAR10 for a 10% discount on orders over $200.
6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery #03-10, 068815; www.lepetitsociety.com/shop/cny-2018
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 city flowers, we’re loving the pastel hues and floral vibes from the CNY 2018 range. 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. Once again, why doesn’t this come in our size?
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 Oriental Origami 18 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 koi origami print! There’s also matching Mandarin-collar shirts for dads and cheongsams for mum: but get in quick – they sold like hotcakes last year!
The Elly Store
Each year The Elly Store brings out one of the coolest CNY collections, and we’re in love with the gorgeous gingko leaf print and super fun panda print rompers that are currently on sale from last year’s collections! The 2018 CNY is set to launch soon so keep an eye out for its fun little baby rompers, Mandarin-collar shirts with 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.
#02-29 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760; www.ellyloves.com
We discovered this local label last year, and we’re impressed by its collection of reversible clothes for kids in fun fabrics – two outfits in one item of clothing! The CNY 2018 range features its signature scallop print complete with reversible ocean print in both Mandarin-collar shirts for boys, cheongsam dresses for girls and rompers for bubbas: all with a Year of the Dog twist. 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 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. One cool colour pop for you and the kid, and you’ll be supporting sustainable fashion together!
You probably already know what big fans we are of Aussie label Seed Heritage for its fun designs for kids (and hallelujah to the Seed Women capsule collection now in Singapore!) so we’ll be picking up some dalmatian inspired threads from its CNY collection. Perfect if you want a more subtle nod to the Year of the Dog.
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.
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 giraffe print Cheongsam for us, a whale design Mandarin-collar shirts for our dudes and a dress covered in ducks 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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