Your guide to shopping for beautiful little cheongsams (AKA qipaos!) and Mandarin collar shirts for kids in Singapore.
Whether you’re a Chinese New Year newbie or a seasoned pro, kids of all backgrounds love dressing up for the CNY celebrations. Little girls look pretty darn cute while wearing a cheongsam, 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 is a guarantee), but local labels are really taking it up a notch with cool Chinese-inspired threads for kids. Well, we’ve done all of the window shopping for you, so scroll away… here’s where to buy Chinese New Year outfits for kids in Singapore!
Where to buy Chinese New Year outfits for kids in Singapore
1. Chubby Chubby
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 festive collection (pictured up top) and snap up a cheerful cheongsam for your little girl. Or, pick out a smart cotton/linen Mandarin collar shirt for your young boys 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!
2. 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 matchy-matchy CNY collection. Cherry blossoms, Chinese knots, dragons, cranes, rainbows, lion dance and sparrow prints are all available for pre-order right now.
Toys, art and baby gifts aren’t the only things Elly has in stock. Its popular Chinese New Year kids outfit collection is back and even better than ever thanks to a cool collab with Disney. The collection has hit the shelves with cute twinning outfits for kids from zero to 14 years, as well as for mums and dads. You’ll find a variety of CNY outfits for your little ones here: think 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!
4. Sea Apple
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 (some do!). Tasty and tropical, these are some of the sharpest Mandarin collar shirts we’ve seen for little guys. Plus, check out the tiny rompers, pretty cheongsams and flutter sleeves.
5. Maison Q
We’re impressed by local label Maison Q‘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!
6. Little Qipao
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. Also, check out the ‘Kung Fu’ tops in fun fabrics and cute Mandarin collar shirts for young boys aged two to 10. Psst, there are collections for the grown-ups, too!
7. Pocketpig Diary
Looking for more options to dress up the kiddos? Pop on over to Pocketpig Diary‘s website and browse through its Chinese Festival Collection. Cheongsams and Mandarin collars come in a variety of prints and colours as well as styles. Prefer to keep it simple? Go for the kungfu top and bottom ensemble. There are adult sizes so fathers can twin with the little ones too!
8. 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 looks and feel great even in Singapore’s blazing heat. We’re loving 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 it when everyone matches!
9. Peas n Plums
Twinning just got this much easier thanks to folks at Peas n Plums! We love that mums can choose whether or not they’ll twin with cheongsams or tops. The best part? All clothes are made out of fabrics from natural fibres such as cotton and Tencel, so you can be sure to be comfy and cute at the same time. Winning!
10. Chateau de Sable
Getting matching outfits for the family is easy, thanks to Chateau de Sable‘s Chinese New Year collection. Go for the timeless red or striped pieces, which can also be worn at other times of the year. The Spring Festival Embroidered Dress is just too gorge beyond words! We’re also really liking the tiger print apparel – perfect for ushering in the Year of the Tiger!
11. Viva Vida Kids
Speaking of the Year of the Tiger, the Chinese New Year collection by Viva Vida Kids heavily features the majestic cat on its cheongsams and Mandarin collars. If you’re not into animal prints, we suggest going for the ones with oranges on them. Viva la vida indeed!
12. Little Kooma
Not planning to splurge on new clothes? We recommend shopping at Little Kooma. There’s a good selection of kids’ apparel inspired by traditional Chinese culture in a variety of colours and designs. The boys can dress up in the totally adorable cheongsam set, while the girls will look beautiful in the cheongsam dress.
13. The Missing Piece
Once you set your eyes on The Missing Piece, you’d definitely want to get a few pieces for your closet! All the clothes are made of soft and breathable fabrics, which ensures that you won’t be sweating buckets while paying folks across Singapore a visit. Plus, the designs are tres chic and some even come in a family set. You’d be the talk of the town when you wear these pieces out, for sure.
We’ve loved this brand’s National Day collection, so naturally, we’re looking at its Chinese New Year collection this time of the year too! The To-gather collection by dressingabe features cosy festive wear for the entire fam. We’re talking midi and tiered dresses as well as kimono-inspired clothes on top of the usual cheongsams and Mandarin collars. The bright and cheery colours and prints are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces when you go visiting.
This brand from our neighbouring country always delivers when it comes to Hari Raya clothes. So, we’re very pleased to see that it has come out with an equally wonderful collection for Chinese New Year. The girls can have their pick from the printed cheongsams, while the understated Mandarin collar shirts will be a hit with the boys. Complete the look with a printed fabric mask.
16. Moley Apparels
Stand out from the visiting pack with clothes featuring the lotus motif courtesy of Moley Apparels. You’ll also be in full bloom when you don the pieces for this year’s lunar new year celebrations. Have a bub in the family? There are rompers with the lotus print, so the tiny one can match with everyone else too.
17. YeoMama Batik
If you love batik (as much as we do) and price is not a factor to you, then you’d want to take a look at YeoMama Batik. Its collection heavily features batik in various colours and patterns. We reckon you can get separate pieces for everyone in the fam and everything will still go well together! This will definitely bring some fun into your Chinese New Year get-ups.
Did you know because of the pineapple’s golden colour, the fruit is considered a symbol of prosperity and luck? Oeteo’s Lucky Charm collection brings the tropical fruit and the spring season together. No cheongsams or Mandarin collars in sight here, but we still adore this fruity sweet collection!
Our favourite casual wear brand from Japan has unleashed new year friendly items through its LifeWear range. Go ahead and refresh your wardrobe this year with clothes that are designed for comfort that you can also wear beyond the festive season. Also, keep a lookout for a special UTme! collaboration that features illustrations of CNY greetings with a touch of local humour.
Ready to get your kids kitted out in Cheongsams and Mandarin collars? Happy Chinese New Year, folks!