Where to get your Cheongsam for Chinese New Year 2019

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With the Lunar New Year just around the corner, it’s time to look for that new outfit to wow your friends and family. This year, there are many collections to choose from, especially by our Malaysian fashion labels. Be it a traditional cheongsam, or feminine dresses with accents like a mandarin collar or fun oriental motifs, here are some options for you.

Innai Red

Inspired by Penang’s heritage, Innai Red introduces an elegant collection using luxe fabrics such as brocade, taffeta, organza, charmeuse silk, and French lace.  This season features beautiful beadwork paired with their signature ruffles. The collection is perfect for those who want some ‘oommph’ to their outfit whilst wearing minimal accessories.

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Fans of bright and bold colours will appreciate RoaSkye’s collection. In line with the brand’s identity, the cheongsam prints are quirky and fun. Pair one up with black mules or silver slip-ons for a tasteful pulled-together look.

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One can always count on Doublewoot for some awesome finds when it comes to frocks and jumpsuits. The ‘Oriental Essence’ collection is romantic, girlie, and sweet; inspired by contemporary and classic designs full of soft fabrics and delicate lace. The pieces can double up as day-to-night wear, which is great for a full day of visiting open houses to hosting guests at yours!

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Melinda Looi RTW

Known for her statement pieces that are often eclectic and glamorous, Melinda Looi’s oriental collection does not disappoint. Inspired by Malaysian Chinese Folk Art, one is sure to stand-out in an original piece that screams contemporary chic. Don’t forget to accessorise with the one-of-a-kind mahjong series bag or silk scarf also from the label.

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Duchess  & Co

It’s all about asymmetrical hemlines and peekaboo lace for Duchess & Co. Asymmetrical hemlines give an overall elegant impression plus the illusion of a taller self. Choose something timeless yet modern from the collection, like a long lace pastel cheongsam or fire-red cold shoulder cheongsam.

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Lovers of A-line and midi flare dresses will love what Whitesoot has got in store. Themed ‘Shanghai Jazz Night’, the lunar new year collection comprises of vintage styled dresses including matching ones for your mini-me. Affordable old school charm, what’s not to love?

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Khoon Hooi

Rock that OOTD (outfit of the day) shot with a bespoke cheongsam by Khoon Hooi. The ‘Garden Blossom’ collection will surely turn heads with beautiful beadwork combined with rich textiles and embroidery. Dramatic sleeves also give the pieces an edge without making the wearer look OTT (over the top).

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Afiq M.

Afiq M. plays up the cheongsam with a cold shoulder and draped sleeves to give it some subtle sexiness and sophistication. The modern take on a traditional favourite will command attention and is classic enough to be worn more than once. 


Nala Designs

Their much-loved signature patterns are turned into lovely bespoke cheongsams and mandarin collared dresses to fit the festive season. Each Nala Designs piece goes for RM588 and orders are to be collected two weeks upon purchase. You can also get a tailored shirt in the same pattern made for your other half too!

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Tag us in your CNY snaps at #makchicCNY, we’d love to see your outfits!

Photos are taken from the respective brand’s website and Instagram pages. For more details and prices, contact the online stores and boutiques.

Amanda is a freelance writer, aspiring businesswoman, and mother of one. She's a proud Sarawakian who hails from Kuching. Apart from writing, she loves mixing natural body scrubs and foot soaks with her business partner for their small business, Suravont.

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