From Alexa’s after-dark staple to Réalisation Par’s throwback homage, here’s why you need cheongsam dresses
You only have to step into Zara or Topshop to know fashion has gone east this season. Kimonos have made a comeback, while geisha-esque platforms are the footwear du jour. And dresses? They’re jacquard and as slinky as they come. However, we’re not talking the shiny mandarin frocks sported by the Spice Girls in the 90s; oh no, this season’s take on the trend is way more fancy than it is borderline fancy dress.
First created in Shanghai during the 1920s for the social elite, the traditional oriental dress – known as a cheongsam – is fast becoming the streetstyle set’s new frock go-to, and it’s all thanks to the blue creation from Alexa Chung’s newly launched namesake collection. Oh, Alexa, is there anything you can’t make indescribably cool?
Team long-sleeve styles with metallic sliders and tanned pins for easy day-to-night dressing, while strappy styles can be worn on their own or layered over a classic white tee for nights out. Just add sexy wrap sandals. Or try channelling it for work with Topshop’s tea dress silhouette. Chopstick hair optional.
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