8 modern ways to wear a cheongsam, without heels!

The cheongsam (or qi pao) may be the quintessential wardrobe piece for Lunar New Year, but there are many new ways to wear it these days, and way past the festive season too. These modern cheongsam styles can easily become part of your workwear wardrobe too.
You don’t even need to wear heels to go with your chic cheongsam either. We share 8 easy  — and unfussy — ways to wear your cheongsam this Chinese New Year.
The matchy crop top and culottes look is still very on-trend, so adding a mandarin collar distinguishes these pieces as the perfect cheongsam replacement. Pick strappy statement sandals and accessories in accents of gold to complete the look.


How to look leggy, sans heels? A pair of high-waisted cropped pants can elongate your torso when matched with a crop top. Go with platform slides for a bit of added height; they're so easy slip on and off for multiple house visits too.


3. FLORAL CHEONGSAM + GLITZY SANDAL FLATSA floral dress can work well with sandal flats too. Opt for a more glitzy, embellished pair, then keep the rest of your accessories sleek and simple in silver.


4. RED CHEONGSAM + SNEAKERSThere’s a good reason why white sneakers are the new staple shoe; they really do go with everything including a more traditional looking cheongsam, while giving your look a touch of youthful schoolgirl chic.

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5. BELTED CHEONGSAM + PLATFORM SNEAKERSGo with matching tones for your cheongsam and sneakers for a chic and sporty outfit, then pair with a statement clutch in a contrasting shade to complete the look.


6. PEPLUM DRESS + BROGUESBatik print is more wearable than you would think, as seen on this peplum cheongsam dress; it gives a nod to the Peranakan kebaya too. Give this dress a modern edge by pairing it with chunky leather brogues; perfect for all day walking when you’re visiting the relatives.


7. MIXED PRINT CHEONGSAM + WHITE SANDALSLike the white sneaker, a pair of strappy white sandals can become your go-to flats; especially when you’re wearing them with such a colourful print dress.

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8. LACE CHEONGSAM + METALLIC BROGUESMake a more traditional cheongsam look a bit more contemporary by layering cuffs and bracelets in similar tones, together with a pair of metallic brogues. Now you’re camera-ready and house visiting in comfort too!