STYLE GURU STYLE: China Through the Looking Glass

The motif of the 2015 Met Ball is “China: Through the Looking Glass.” We have seen so many big stars’ understandings of China through their choices of outfits. I think that after the gala, many people who have never been to China took a glimpse at the delicacy and mystery of China through the fashion world. In fact, it is not the first time that Chinese elements appear in the fashion world. In 1997, Qipao, also known as Cheongsam, a famous kind of one-piece dress that can represent China, had already appeared in Dior’s fall collection. And in Valentino’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection, China blue has been applied on the dress, which inspired me to show you an outfit with Chines elements.

As I mentioned in my biography, I am originally from China and study abroad in the U.S.A. Luckily, I am able to come back to China. This summer, I have visited a beautiful, traditional city in China called Suzhou. This city is full of old, traditional buildings. We can see white walls and gray roofs almost everywhere. Due to the amount of rivers, the city has a gotten the nickname of “the Water Valley.” The city is famous for the ancient Chinese garden. Suzhou is like a dream, and makes you want to sing soft songs and read poems.

Instead of showing you another person’s outfit, I decided to use my own outfit and my Chinese identity to show you a Chinese outfit that you can wear daily on the street. Since Qipao is the most representative and most attractive dress to many girls, I decided to pick a Qipao for the city. The one I was wearing was a new type of Qipao; it is more casual and suitable for daily wear. Mine was made of cotton, instead of silk. The azure color of the Qipao was just the right color for the softness and calmness of the city. The tightness of the dress showed the curves of my body while the high collar made me look shy and gentle.

In order to make the dress stand out more, I picked a dark red, long beaded necklace. You can also choose to wear a pearl necklace, which I think would match well with the color of my Qipao. I used a white weaving cardigan and a pair of nude flats to match my dress. In order to carry my personal belongings, I choose a dark blue bag. I think it is better if you carry a bag with Chinese embroideries. All the articles that I chose served to make my Qipao shine. The key of my outfit is choosing the right Qipao.

Get My Look: 1. A casual Qipao. 2. Some pearl accessories. 3. A cross-body purse.