How China Made My Clothing Cuter | Speaking of China

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  1. Susan
    Susan August 16, 2010 at 9:45 am | | Reply

    What a cute post! I can’t say that my clothing changed much while living in China, but I had a lot of fun noticing all those cutsie, girlish, colorful wardrobe items others wore, not to mention the hair styles. If anything, I think living in China helped me to appreciate a less baggy, more tailored appearance. But Italy and France did that too!

    Back in the 70’s, when I used a public restroom in the company of many Chinese women, I remember being stared at for my polka-dot underwear, such a rare sight that it was. My Chinese mother-in-law was thrilled to add some color to her navy/olive/gray wardrobe of the revolutionary past, but she stayed away from anything too bright due to her patriotic sensabilities.

    It’s never-ending entertainment to watch what people wear in China, to see the influences and trends that catch on (including pajamas, lol) and to try to understand the appeal!

  2. Crystal
    Crystal August 16, 2010 at 10:10 am | | Reply

    Two of my qipao are pink… My boyfriend once said that pink color is good for babies only.
    But it didn’t prevent him from painting the wall of bedroom into light-pink color when he prepared apartments for my arrival 🙂

  3. Sarah
    Sarah August 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm | | Reply

    My Chinese husband is always complaining at me for buying only dark color clothing. I didn’t realize it was a cultural thing. I can’t help it, I have red hair and when you put me in pastel clothes I just look foolish. But at least I know where DH is coming from now!

  4. melanie gao
    melanie gao August 22, 2010 at 5:53 am | | Reply

    A off-season Easter parade, that is such a wonderful way to put it! I love the feminine way that Chinese women dress. I don’t think it’s changed the way I dress but I do enjoy the parade.

    I’m also fascinated by the way Chinese women can dress so elegantly and then jump on a bicycle and ride across town. If you asked most American women to do the same we’d be like, “Okay, I’m going to need a lycra racing suit, sweat-wicking organic cotton socks, some cleated cycling shoes, and polarized sunglasses. And a backpack to put all my work clothes in.”

    But Chinese women just get on their bike and away they go. 🙂

  5. Alejandra
    Alejandra December 26, 2010 at 7:05 am | | Reply

    Since I’m dating my Chinese boyfriend I never thought that my style was somehow boyish, he is always encouraging me to wear more “feminine” colours, skirts, and such. I am really into outdoors and I am an agronomy student , so my daily basic is jeans, my all stars sneakers and just a plain tank , but now I find myself wearing floral patters, cute shorts instead the cargo ones ..hahha even that I still comfortable, so I thank him because now I look cuter and this style hasn’t change the functionality of my clothes .

  6. Jen
    Jen December 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm | | Reply

    I was just thinking about this! 80% of my daily wardrobe is black or gray. My roommate said bright colors would complement my complexion. Lately I’ve been dressing head-to-toe in black except for a pink winter hat with a single giant pom-pom. I think it’s kind of sweet that I can indulge my secret love of pink without feeling silly.

    On the other hand, it’s too bad that fashion is so gendered. Women are sometimes infantalized here and the fact that we can’t wear “boy colors” reflects that.

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