Cultural Appropriation Time

by Erin on August 30, 2005


rose cheongsam

I love cheongsam dresses: they're so pretty and elegant and fairly easy to wear (except for the no-pockets thing). This one in particular I adore — it's cotton, so easier to wear than the usual silk/rayon versions, and it's in a big English-roses print, which is another step away from the traditional. There's a brown colorway, too, which looks even more like a sofa. (That's a good thing, in my opinion. I like upholstery prints.)

Click on the link to buy it; I'm really tempted because it's only $35! But I won't buy it today, because I leave for China in a hour or two and who knows what cheongsams I might find there?

Yep, that's right, I'll be gone through Labor Day. (For work, not pleasure, but how can I avoid taking pleasure in a trip to China?)

If I have internet access I will update from the Forbidden City. Otherwise, this space will remain static until Sept. 5. Aren't you glad you have this dress to look at until then?

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sheri August 30, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Have a great trip!

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vintagecrochetgirl August 30, 2005 at 7:51 pm

Erin, I think cheongsams are hard to wear…especially if you have an hourglass figure as I currently do. Whenever I try one on that will slip over my hips, it’s too big in the bust. I must get a boyish figure like Kirsten Dunst, Lindsey Lohan (name another stick figure Hollywoodster), then I think I can give cheongsams a try once again.Have fun in China. I guess this means you won’t be at the Vintage Fashion Show in Elgin next week.

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Anonymous July 7, 2006 at 12:42 am

I would like to add, though, that if you’re very boyish and fairly flat, like me, the most common styles (with the frogs going off to one side towards your shoulder) just make you look flatter. Yay for custom made clothing…

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