(Closed) bridesmaids wearing qipao, what should I wear?

posted 7 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I like your idea of vintage chinoiserie – I myself am struggling with matching Chinese restaurant decor to my own sense of style.

Aren’t silhouettes from the 20’s and 30’s more slim and sheathlike (like the qipao) anyways?  I don’t think you necessarily have to mimic the qipao’s structure, especially if your bridesmaids are wearing non-traditional qipaos and you’re going to change into actual qipao(s) later, but I would agree that voluminous or European-princess looks would be incongruous.

So… following that line of reasoning I would suggest a sheath dress or something more ‘classic’… BUT being Asian myself and having tried on sheath dresses, I have to say the typical slim curveless Asian body does not pull off the body-clinging sheath look as well as someone who has curves.  I mean, it looks good on thin models, but I think we’re used to models looking relatively androgynous.  All I know is, those 30’s-style dresses I thought I’d love looked like crap on me.  I think it’s hard enough to find a dress that you really love without coming in with tons of pre-conceived ideas about what styles you MUST have.  So I would actually suggest just trying things on, see what you like, and work your dress ‘likes’ towards your theme instead of the other way around.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like your theme idea, but I would consider wearing a traditional white wedding dress at your ceremony, and then changing into your qipao during the reception.  I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to carry the theme throughout the entire wedding.  That way, you can incorporate “Western” traditions with your “Eastern” roots.  Here is a pic of bridesmaids wearing qipaos at a wedding I attended recently. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Ooh, I love that bridesmaid look, ddubz! 

@ engdom – Good luck with dress hunting, I thought that was the most fun part of the wedding planning.  Least fun part? Trying to deal with the Chinese restaurant manager who prefers to speak Chinese, doesn’t answer emails or phone calls, and gives us cryptic questionnaires mostly in Chinese. (Neither me or my boyfriend read Chinese, and he only understands basic Cantonese.) So, I feel some of your pain in this Chinese wedding thing…  at least the banquet food will be awesome!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I like your inspiration board! You should check out Claire Pettibone’s “Cherry Blossom” collection.  The dresses are absolutely beautiful!  Many of them are asian-inspired.  I think one of these would look beautiful with the theme you are going for.  They are slim dresses but you don’t have to be a stick to wear some of the styles.  Besides, don’t let anyone tell you that you have to lose weight for your wedding!  Your fiance loves you now for a reason, because you are beautiful now!  I say if you want to lose weight do it for long term health and not just for a silly dress.  🙂  Anyway, I just love this designer, the lace, fabrics and embroidery she uses are just stunning in person (and in the photos)!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

what about these styles?

 

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Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Engdom: I’m in the EXACT same predicament as yourself.  Also going for a vintage Shanghai themed wedding in an attempt to incorporate chinese elements into our western venue. My bridesmaids will be wearing QiPao’s during the tea ceremony then change into dresses for our reception.  My inspiration board is similar to yours and I just found my dress! I’m curvy like yourself and fell in love with a lace, sweetheart neckline, trumpet wedding dress.  It definitely speaks vintage.  I think if you go with anything that looks great on you and perhaps with a touch of lace…it’ll tie together. Have you found your dress yet?

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Engdom: I’m in the EXACT same predicament as yourself.  Also going for a vintage Shanghai themed wedding in an attempt to incorporate chinese elements into our western venue. My bridesmaids will be wearing QiPao’s during the tea ceremony then change into dresses for our reception.  My inspiration board is similar to yours and I just found my dress! I’m curvy like yourself and fell in love with a lace, sweetheart neckline, trumpet wedding dress.  It definitely speaks vintage.  I think if you go with anything that looks great on you and perhaps with a touch of lace…it’ll tie together. Have you found your dress yet?

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