Chinese New Year always brings about a flurry of excitement. And it begins with donning your brand-new CNY outfit before making rounds to visit family and friends. The traditional cheongsam or qipao has been given contemporary updates, making it the ‘in’ thing in recent years. And like with most things, the smaller they are, the cuter they get! We’ve scouted around to find the most adorable traditional CNY cheongsam 2020 options for little ones. Mums and dads can get matchy-matchy too!
Singapore-based online boutique BabyPixie designs whimsical outfits for babies and children. They also do matchy-matchy collections for mums and kids, which are especially popular during CNY. One of our favourite designs this year is the colourful Fortune Dogs collection. It features a cheongsam for ladies, cheongsam dress for girls, and Mandarin-collar shirt for boys. The mother-daughter Twinkle Twinkle Fortune Jars qipao dresses are super sweet too.
2. Charmed on 9th Avenue
Newly launched on 1 January is the aptly named Oriental Beauty collection, just in time for you and the kids to charm the socks off friends and family this CNY. Henrietta Sheath in Purple Batik cuts a stunning figure, while Fang Oriental in Sweet Peach creates a softer look. Matching dresses for the girls and shirts for the boys come in sizes from one to six years. Prices are kept affordable and the online shop offers free shipping for orders $35 and up.
3. Chubby Chubby
“Good things come in pairs” is the inspiration behind Chubby Chubby’s 2020 Festive Collection. Because two-oh two-oh, of course! Choose from a series of bright and colourful prints – we love the Infinity Huat! range for the whole family. You’ll find rompers for baby boys and girls, Mandarin-collar shirts for boys and dads, sun dresses for girls, qipao dresses for mums… and even outfits for your pets! Designs from the homegrown brand go out of stock quickly, so hurry or find yourself on the waiting list.
4. The Elly Store
Another homegrown brand, The Elly Store, has outdone itself this year with two distinct CNY collections. The Year of the Mouse comprises over 100 pieces showcasing Peranakan and Chinese inspired motifs. Think White Herons and Pink Butterfly Kites. And a special Disney x Elly collab collection called Mouse of the Year retells the Mickey story with familiar themes such as gingkos, lanterns, blooms and stripes. Sizes range from three months to 14 years for kids, and adult sizes S to XL for mums and dads.
Shop www.theellystore.com | #02-31/33 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road
5. Howard Mommy
Online shop Howard Mommy has been offering the cutest CNY outfits for our little ones since 2010. What’s cuter than little brothers and sisters wearing matching oriental costumes? They have matching outfits for the tiniest tot and mums and dads too. Although the pre-order exercise for CNY 2020 closed in December, there are still plenty of ready stocks available for sale on their website. Oh, and did we mention that they even have matching oriental kids’ shoes?
6. Le Petit Society
Wishing relatives Gong Xi Fa Cai in matching CNY outfits from Le Petit Society will surely reap lots of angpows. Look out for the Lion Dance series, featuring rompers, shirts and dresses in pink, red, and navy options. With details like mandarin collars, butterfly ruffles, and even the cutest romper with suspenders, they’re perfect for mixing and matching the whole family through. Or check out the Crane series, complete with kimono sets for kids.
7. Little Kooma
Fusing traditional details with quirky modern graphic prints, Little Kooma is especially popular with K-drama fans. Just take a look at the Spring Blessings collection for babies and children, and you’ll know why. While you’ll certainly find classic cheongsam cuts for girls and mandarin-collar shirts for boys, it also features a wide range of hanbok-style dresses. Psst… if your daughter is still obsessed with Elsa, she’ll be over the moon wearing Frozen-themed cheongsam dresses.
Shop www.littlekooma.com | #02-125 Northpoint City (South Wing), 930 Yishun Avenue 2
8. Little Qipao
It’s all about Happiness and Harmony at Little Qipao this CNY. The Polyphony series boasts strong colour themes in kungfu tops for boys and dads, and oriental mullet dresses for girls and mums. For bright and breezy yellow with auspicious pineapple prints, check out the Affinity range, also for the whole family. There are father-son, mother-daughter, and siblings’ twinning outfits too. Shop online or stay tuned to their Facebook page for news of their next pop-up store.
9. Maison Q
“Peekaboo!” is a game enjoyed by generations since time immemorial, and now the inspiration behind Maison Q’s CNY 2020 collection. It brings to life adorable characters who love to play hide-and-seek. Little TangMi the Mouse leads the way into the Year of the Rat. XiaoAn the Crane, XiaoXiong the Panda, and Little Kai the Fish join in the fun. Find adorable onesies, little and big girl cheongsam, and little and big boy Mandarin-collar shirts. Some are even reversible, so you get two outfits in one!
10. Miz Apparels
Specialising in matching sets for mums and daughters, Miz Apparels offers a wide range of cheongsam for the girls. From classic looks to fun modern prints and lacy ensembles, there’s plenty to choose from. Designed in-house and made in Korea, it’s not surprising that you’ll even find unique hanbok-themed cheongsam dresses! Their latest collection includes a Russian Doll design in orange and a red Kimono print – perfect for the festive season.
Shop www.mizapparels.com.sg | #B2-13 Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard
11. Peas n Plums
Here’s one for those shying away from bright reds and oranges. Designed locally and made with 100 per cent cotton sourced from Korea, mother-and-kids twinning goes understated at Peas n Plums. Cheongsam peplum tops for mums, cheongsam dresses for girls and mandarin-collar shirts for boys come in muted red, blue and green. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, so do check out the rest of their CNY collection online.
12. Pocketpig Diary
Mother-daughter twinning looks are available at Pocketpig Diary, such as the Designer Series lace cheongsam in white or pink. But what really caught our eye were matching mandarin-collar shirts for boys and cheongsam dresses for girls. Designed in Singapore and made with fabrics from Korea, they come in a selection of cheery prints and bright colours. For starters, meet the Year of the Rat with Mickey Mouse in red, or wish for “nian nian you yu” with Under the Sea in blue.
13. Sea Apple
Homegrown children’s clothing brand Sea Apple has launched This Is Us, a CNY collection inspired by the meaning of family. Made with GOTS certified organic cotton, each features original prints not found elsewhere. They’re perfect for mixing and matching to create the look you want. There are cheongsam dresses for mums and girls, mandarin-collar shirts for dads and boys, and oh-so-cute cheongsam and mandarin-collar rompers for bubs.
14. The Missing Piece
Created by mum of three, Ee-ling, The Missing Piece designs tasteful and comfortable clothing for the family. Each piece is in the limited-edition Flight of Fancy collection for CNY 2020 is lovingly handmade and painstakingly detailed. To match mum’s Walk In The Park cheongsam, the little ones will get comfy in the Lil’ Lady In The Park cheongsam and the Lil’ Man In The Park mandarin-collar shirt. We also love the Charlotte series that’s available for pre-order.
15. YeoMama Batik
This Indonesian mum and Singaporean daughter pair behind YeoMama Batik designs outfits made with quality batik. Stand out from the crowd with cheongsam dresses for mums and daughters, and mandarin-collar batik shirts for dads and sons. Plenty of bright prints prevail, but if angpow red isn’t your thing, how about this elegant Swiss Alps print instead? Your family will surely be the talk — in the best way — of the town this CNY.
Shop www.yeomamabatik.com | #01-87 Oxley Bizhub 1, 65 Ubi Road
Now that you know where to find the perfect CNY cheongsam and festive outfits for your family, it’s time to get shopping. The Year of the Rat will be upon us very soon!
Header image: Maison Q
Featured image: Little Qipao