Whoo-hoo! Get ready to greet the Year of the Tiger with these qipao, cheongsam, and mandarin-collar shirts from homegrown labels that we love. This season’s styles are more gorgeous than garish and more subtle than sensational, making them immensely wearable even after lunar new year festivities are over. Dads and little men, you’re not left out. There are beautifully constructed shirts in weather-friendly fabrics and handmade Chinese frog buttons that’ll add a dapper flair to your look. To make the Tiger year extra special, some even offer zodiac or surname personalisation for a one-of-a-kind outfit!
Dressed in Gabe
The To-Gather series is a capsule collection of cheery CNY-inspired wear that’ll bring smiles to faces wherever you go. Think cheeky Mahjong kimono playsets for toddlers, organic cotton tiger print playsuits for babies, and pineapple ‘huat’ tiered dresses and mandarin collar shirts for girls and boys. Mahjong tile and abundance tiger tees are available too, for a more relaxed, comfortable vibe in the new year. Available online
Le Petit Society
We love how Le Petit Society infuses style and wearability into their CNY collections, and this year’s doesn’t disappoint. The Botanic series scores with vivid birds and blooms on a vibrant new emerald backdrop and versatile pieces for everyone in the family. Prefer something classic? The pretty and whimsical rompers in the Chinese Motif series blend tradition with trend, while the Lace series adds a luxe look and feel to celebrations. Available online and at Le Petit Society Paragon
Happiness and harmony take centrestage at Little Qipao, with strong colour themes in kungfu tops for boys and dads, and oriental-style dresses for girls and mums. Wear your ‘huat’ with the breezy pineapple print range, and find the unicorn of traditional Chinese wear here — figure-forgiving qipao with pockets! Available online
Plant power takes centerstage here with the Precious Treasures design that features Anthurium and Heliconia flowers. Available in sage, white, and navy, it’s pretty, yet neutral enough for men and boys to wear as well. What’s more, the shirts for men and kids also come in an improved 100% cotton fabric for ultimate all-day-long comfort. P/S: Play the interactive LBMaze game to enjoy 10% off in-store, and stand a chance to win gift cards or a Love, Bonito limited edition Mahjong set. From $19.90 – $73.90 at Love, Bonito stores and online.
Named “The Great 虎at!”, Maison Q’s 2022 CNY collection bursts with all the colour and joy of the festive season. Eight exuberant prints in over 20 silhouettes means there’s something for everyone in the family. We love the reversible onesies for babies that make it easy to switch looks on-the-go, as well as the prettiest flared sleeve cheongsams for girls. Boys get reversible shirts while dads can look sharp in sleek Mandarin collar shirts. Last but not least are peplum tops and dresses for mum, which enhance the feminine silhouette while allowing her to feast without guilt. We like! Available online and at these stockists
Everyone gets a dose of ‘huat’ from Oeteo’s (pronounced ee-tay-o) dazzling Lucky Charm collection, which is inspired by the natural golden hue of the pineapple. Comfort rules here, with tee and shorts sets for boys, and drop waist dresses for girls. Mum and dad can twin along too, with similar styles for adults. There’s also a three-piece romper set in Oeteo’s award-winning Easyeo style for the littlest ones. Available online and at these retailers
Twinning with the family looks really good with Pocketpig Diary’s CNY 2022 collection. The prints are bold without being overpowering, the colours are cheery, and the cuts (especially for women) are forgiving. This year’s collection marks the brand’s first CNY range for adults. We hope they continue ‘cos these 100% cotton outfits don’t just look good, they’re also wearable all year round. Available online, with free shipping for orders above $50
Sea Apple’s CNY2022 collections are a dreamy mélange of history, festivity, and the tropics — a winning combination that we just can’t get enough of. Flattering flutter sleeve tops, midi dresses, halter maxis, and baby doll dresses let mum feast with ease, while little princesses slay the season in updated cheongsam styles. Furthermore, all outfits are sustainably made with organic cotton, making them comfortable even for those with sensitive skins. Available online, at The Sea Apple Shop at United Square
The Elly Store
Lace, peonies, lion, zodiac, and sakura flowers are blooming at The Elly Store this season. You’ll see them on cheongsams, mandarin-collar shirts, dresses, and even onesies for the littlest in the family. Themed ‘The Little Things’, this CNY collection celebrates details (how apt because if there’s one thing the past two years have taught us, it’s that little things matter). From bursts of joyous colour to whimsical tigers and delicate lace designs, there’s something here for every style. Additionally, for the very first time, you can personalise your outfit with your zodiac animal or your Chinese family name! Available online, at the flagship store at Cluny Court, and these stockists
Our favourite brand for affordable and stylish staples goes big on wearability this festive season. Instead of glaring red packet colours, there are calming wheat neutrals and muted dusky blues. For women, cotton shirring sleeveless dresses and linen blend camisole jumpsuits ensure all-day comfort and complement the girls’ printed dresses, while dads and sons can match in checks. Even if you prefer to go in traditional colours, it’s easy to pick and match throughout the store for everyone in the family (see below).
Finally, for a quirky take on the season, check out the UTme! Collaboration with The Woke Salaryman, which is available exclusively at the UNIQLO flagship store at Orchard Central. P/S: Need some style inspiration? Tune in to the Live! With UNIQLO livestream on 20 January at 6.30pm on @uniqlosg Instagram.
Why take a photo of the Old Hill Street Police Station building when you can wear it? The rainbow-hued building and other local icons take centerstage in HK designer Grace Choi’s ‘Singapore Swing’ capsule collection, which blends culture and heritage by placing fun quirky motifs of said icons onto chic cheongsams and oriental-inspired separates. Landmarks like Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion, and Gardens by the Bay also make an appearance on these stylish conversation starters, as do our UNESCO-repped hawker centres. For little ones, there’s a Disney collection as well. Available online and at SocietyA (Ngee Ann City) and Yue Hwa Building (Chinatown)
Featured image: The Elly Store