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I just ordered a dress online for userinfoHusband Guy's cousin's wedding. I was starting to panic because "I have nothing to wear". =\

It's a short-sleeved, knee length qi-pao. I love qi-pao styles. I love the Mandarin collar. When we were in Taiwan, the Husband's Aunts laughed at me for being "even more old-fashioned than they were". They usually get qi-pao in the modern style with the flat collars =)

This one that I ordered is mostly black, it has gold piping on the edges with a pink floral print band that follows the frog clasp buttons down one side and on the cuffs of the sleeves.

The design is fun and young enough, yet it's elegant and mature enough to be appropriate for an elder family member. Mothers and Aunts of the bride and groom usually wear full length black and gold qi-pao (although, they may not... I don't know what anyone else is wearing). The pink flowers and knee length will bring down the formality just a bit for me.

I like black, a lot. It's safe and easy. Left to my own devices, everything of mine would be all black. But all black, all the time, is too sombre and funeral-ish. I'm getting better at picking clothes that are still simple, classy, elegant but with interesting colours and things happening in limited areas =)

I'm having it rush delivered so I have time to get it altered and drycleaned before the wedding in March.

I'm kind of afraid that it may not be as gorgeous as the picture just because pictures tend to make everything look better. But I'm hoping that it'll be good enough to be worth it because I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO SHOPPING AT ALL!!! WAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! =D =D =D

[Update]

Ohalrightalright. *blush* Picture. And a closeup of the frog clasp buttons on the lapel.


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bride
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
*meekly* Picture. =)
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(no subject) - bride - Feb. 17th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
compscilin
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Call for pictures seconded. Sounds hot. ;-> What's the difference between a Mandarin collar and a modern flat collar?
bride
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
*meekly* Picture. =)

I think this is a modern collar (I'm like, "what's the point?"). Although, I've seen a shorter, more square Mandarin collar and a "Queen Anne" collar also called "a modern collar".
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kaseido
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Very curious to see - post a link to the catalog?
bride
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
*meekly* Picture. =)
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magicwoman
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous dress! I like the collar better than the other two you showed pictures of.

Susan
bride
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks =)
amarins
Feb. 18th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
gorgeous dress. I tried those in a shop here, but had to find out I don't have the build.
Once I've lost the 20 kg extra weight I'll try again ;-)
bride
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Meh, for some reason, I didn't get the e-mail notification for this comment =P

Maybe it's just because I'm used to seeing them on "regular folk" because all women (girls to grandmothers) used to wear qi-pao as everyday wear. But personally, I think qi-paos look good on any body _except_ supermodel bodies which are basically an adolescent boy bodies, sometimes with boobs, sometimes without. That looks unnatural, wrong and icky to me.
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rcantilles
Feb. 18th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
cute.

My grandmother was aghast when I requested a black and red cheongsam. It is sexy as hell. But she kept yelling at me that only old women wear black :)
bride
Feb. 18th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
only old women wear black

Haha, I think I qualify for black now. =D =D
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aliasa
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
I think it's beautiful and I know you'll look gorgeous in it! :)
I'm curious to know, how will you wear your hair? Is there usually a preferred style or how one feels?

bride
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
I still don't know what to do with my hair =P I'll probably do something simple though because (ha) I'm not the bride this time and no one's going to care =D =D
incognita
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
I love dresses like those! I'm always jealous of the women who can wear them and look good in them. And you, my dear, will be stunning!
bride
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
Thanks =)
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bride
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Hahaha, nice try! =)
astral
Feb. 18th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
hey my friend used to work for goodorient! :)
bride
Feb. 18th, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)
Hey, cool =)
jenny_rambles
Feb. 18th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
That is SO gorgeous. I demand pictures of you when you wear it! :)
bride
Feb. 18th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
Haha, we'll see how they turn out =)
science_vixen
Feb. 18th, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)
Pretty! I need to get halimede into one of those. ^_^
guiny
Feb. 18th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Nice qi pao, traditional yet sexy still :) Aren't the older and more traditional relatives going to react about it being mostly black though? I know my mom would kill me if I attended a wedding and wore something like that.
bride
Feb. 18th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
Black is okay as long as it has accents of other colour(s) to break it up. =)

Traditionally, funeral colours are blue (any shade of blue, even baby blue) and white. Chinese mothers wear all black with gold accents.

But with foreign influences like the Japanese occupation, British occupation of Hong Kong, Christianity, etc. black might have become more taboo at weddings.
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athanata
Feb. 22nd, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
gourgeous!
bride
Feb. 22nd, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)
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