Qipao is the most suitable clothing for Oriental lady, because it takes the focus of the closed high collar that looked elegant and dignified, and the whole design is structured from top to bottom. Since there is no overlap of any fabric and unnecessary decorative items like pockets, it looks simple, neat and tidy.
Qipao has slits on both sides that allows an easy step when walking, thus give a lively feeling. Especially with closed fit design that follows body line, Qipao is able to reflect the graceful nature of women regardless of plump and slim, tall and short.
Women wear Qipao in important occasions not only able to display the beauty of the female, but also carry with Chinese ethnic style. Qipao relates closely with the human body, people with different body line are matched with different styles and colours, in order to accentuate the positive and downplay the areas of body that are not so perfect. Therefore when choosing a Qipao, age, season, body shape, and other aspects are to be considered.
Fabric colour should be a little dark, a bit more loose style to reflect gentle and elegance.
Richly elegant colours should be selected, as well as with embroidery to reflect the elegance.
Choose a bright, fancy, beautiful colour and lively style to reflect youthful and vibrant characters.
Figure/ Body Type
Body which is proportion can choose solid colour, or ‘Top light Bottom dark’ colours to cover up the figure flaws. If top and bottom of figure is not proportion, it is recommended to select higher waist line design. Straight lapel and vertical line patterns are a good choice for petite women as it gives a visual effect of slender feeling.
Tall and Slim Type
The body contour of slender limbs is not obvious, therefore it is recommended to select light colour, large-scale patterns with body curves design in order to look plump. If it is the horizontal patterns it will look even more plump. Top light and bottom dark colour will give a steady feeling, and on the contrary will become top-heavy, and uncoordinated.
Tall people wearing long Qipao looks very elegant, and short Qipao is to show the slender legs; but avoid too short, or otherwise they look like on the stilts. Also avoid high heels to emphasize on height; classic flat or low heeled shoes will be more suitable.
For this body type, the colour of Qipao should be dark not light, patterned with vertical stripes as well. Horizontal stripes and big designs will have enlargement visual effect.
For pear-shaped women with full hips and thighs, the dress shouldn't be shorter than an inch or two above the knee.
If you are apple-shaped with a thick waist, you need to elongate the appearance of your torso and draw the attention away from your waist. Select a dress with an empire or drop waist to re-define your waist line.
To draw the attention away from your lower body, select a Qipao with a plunging V-neck, halter top or embellished neckline. A deep V-neck not only can have an elongated face, and the neck appear more slender.
Most online shops and boutiques do not supply 'plus size' size Qipao, therefore it is recommended to go for tailor-made.
Wide Face, Stubby Neck Type:
The following are not suitable:
Straight collar, round neck, modern Qipao with layer of laces, pinstriped high collar, wearing Qipao with scarf or shawl as these will highlight the horizontal sense, visually exaggerate the flaws of wide face and stubby neck.
Best to wear v-neck, low collar, collarless Qipao with slightly deep neckline as these can cover the flaws of face wide and stubby neck in order to give a visually ‘long face’.
Elongated Neck Type
Mandarin collar is still the ideal choice. It is best to choose high neck, square collar Qipao; bar patterns and colours like red and yellow light. Matching with scarf or shawl can increase the wider visual effect and the body appears to be plump.
People with too thin neck, wearing high collar or V neck collar will expose the flaws of neck. Therefore it is to choose slightly shorter collar such as square collar and round collar Qipao.
Qipao with a shawl
Narrow and Slanting Shoulders Type
This type is often obvious thin and should not wear sleeveless, off shoulder styles. Should have choices of shoulder and sleeves with decoration, high collar, round collar and U-collar to draw away attention of shoulder..
Scarf or shawl can be used to redefine the shoulder line.
Wide Hips, Small Waist Type
This is the most typical oriental Lady body line. To choose design that emphasizes the waist line and it is best to dress modern Qipao with flared bottom.
Matured women can choose large flowers patterns, and design with laces can increase the lasting charm of matured women. For young girls, the patterns can be floweret, small check and so on.
Not too Tall Type
Choose Qipao with vertical lines in the center in order to give a visual sense of slender. With a pair of high heel or semi-high heel shoes, this style will make the figure looks more slender.
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