It’s time to work your CNY sartorial magic again, and we don’t mean putting on your regular reds and pinks. This year, why not change things up with modern iterations of the cheongsam—think: dresses and matching separates in bold silhouettes with eye-catching prints and unexpected details?

Here, we roundup our favourite labels giving the traditional dress a whimsical, edgy spin.

The Missing Piece

Popular cheongsam label The Missing Piece carries covetable styles with unexpected details such as cape-sleeved frocks, off-shoulder maxis and laced numbers with waist cut-outs. Go matchy with the entire fam—yes, men, boys and girls included—with the label’s varied offerings.

Shop online or visit 10 Winstedt Road, #03-06, Singapore 227977

Ong Shunmugam

Ong Shunmugam needs no introduction. Known for her striking cheongsams with a modern twist, the homegrown label celebrated its 10th anniversary in December with a retrospective line featuring 10 iconic cheongsam silhouettes from the past decade. Check out Cheongsam 2010-2020 for bold, matching dresses and separates that will continue to work hard in your wardrobe beyond Chinese New Year.

Shop online or visit 43 Jalan Merah Saga 01-76 Singapore 278115

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Laichan

Looking for something exquisite? Established Singapore couturier Goh Lai Chan has got you covered. The designer has been creating modern cheongsams for almost 30 years, with a long list of loyal clients. Expect impeccable craftsmanship and delightful, off-the-rack designs set to impress.

Shop online or visit #03-20 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859

Shanghai Tang

Hong Kong fashion brand Shanghai Tang is the go-to label for contemporary ready-to-wear collections that nod to Chinese heritage. From cashmere knit qipaos to silk crepe dresses and jacquard jackets, the label’s versatile pieces will take you from desk to dinner.

Shop online or visit its multiple store locations including The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Raffles City.

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Joli Pretty

We love the myriad styles from Joli Pretty that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. With eye-catching details such as intricate lace and embroidery, unique colours and vintage fabrics, you’re bound to find something you love for the festivities.

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Lark and Peony

Conceptualised and created for the modern woman, Lark and Peony prides itself in “weaving modernity, comfort and sensibility into every piece [they] create.” You’ll find cheongsams, peplum tops and flared dresses featuring retro prints, as well as oriental style dresses in pastel shades of rose, meringue, and lilac—whimsical favourites to do your house visits in.

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OliveAnkara

OliveAnkara celebrates the richness and diversity of different cultures by melding traditional attire (cheongsams and kimonos) with African wax-print fabrics. These vibrant styles are sure to give your CNY outfit a playful spin.

Shop online or visit #01-02, 79 Chay Yan Street, Singapore 160079

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