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Traditional or Modern dress?

Samantha, on August 28, 2020 at 9:47 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 23
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Hi all, can't sleep so I'm window shopping. I'm torn between wearing a traditional 'Qun Kwa' 2 piece or a more modern 'qipao'. I'm also up in the air about the color. I would prefer only wearing one dress the whole day. What are your thoughts?

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Latest activity by Adrienne, on August 29, 2020 at 1:58 PM
  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    I do like both of them, however, I like the 2nd options better than the traditional!
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  • Erin
    Devoted May 2021
    Erin ·
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    I love the traditional ones!!!
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  • Melle
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    Melle ·
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    I really like the modern ones
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  • Michelle
    Expert May 2021
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    They are all so beautiful! I love the traditional, they are gorgeous. The sleek sexiness of the modern is really nice too, especially for a more romantic feel.

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  • Rebelle Fleur
    VIP July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    I’m a sucker for traditional clothing, representing your culture and not letting the old ways be forgotten. I really love the First traditional dress.
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    Devoted October 2021
    Adrienne ·
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    So having come from a Chinese background, growing up I only ever saw the traditional ones when I went to relatives' weddings. Even my mom, who wore an American white dress for her ceremony, changed into a traditional dress for her reception. However, I think there is probably a neat way to do a modernized dress that has a lot of the details of the traditional ones, if that's what you're looking for. Or you can do both, traditional for ceremony and modern for reception.

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  • Lisa
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    I think it is always neat to be able to incorporate tradition into your wedding! I also think the modern ones are beautiful too. Is there a dress that would be a combination of both? A modern style, but with some traditional elements?
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    Devoted May 2021
    Trinity ·
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    I am choosing qun kwa for my wedding because I think it’s more unique compared to the modern. I feel like you don’t get to wear qun kwa everyday, but the modern can be worn for CNY.
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  • Kimistar
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    I’m also in a similar position! I was leaning more towards the qipao since it was a style worn in the 20’s, and here we are in the 20’s again. But after speaking with my mom, she prefers me in the qun kwa since it’s more traditional. It also has a longer history as a wedding dress. So now I’m leaning more towards the qun kwa. I will have a modern dress, a western style white wedding dress, so I think I’ll go traditional for the other.
    Since you prefer to be in only 1 dress, choose the one that will make you the most comfortable since you won’t be changing out of it. As for the white qipao, check with your family if they like it. My mom is totally ok with a regular white wedding dress but not with it on traditional Chinese celebration stuff since white is also a mourning color (I also showed her a white one).
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
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    A few friends wore the American white wedding dress for the ceremony and the traditional red dress for the reception. Would that work?
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  • Marisa
    Master May 2021
    Marisa ·
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    These are gorgeous! I personally prefer the first more traditional ones.
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    Andrea ·
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    Id go with the modern, it looks so pretty!
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  • Samantha
    Devoted October 2021
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    I've seen a few that are a bit of a mixture of both, but they all look a little costumy. Kind of like how Hollywood would interpret a Chinese wedding. I'll keep looking for a nice balance.
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  • Samantha
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    That's why I'm torn.
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  • Samantha
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    I've seen a few, but they all feel too costumy.
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  • Samantha
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    This was my thinking too. It really is a once in a lifetime dress. Part of my hesitancy is because we are having an intimate wedding with only 15 people. After the ceremony we will go to a nice restaurant. I thought it might be a bit much for such a modest affair.
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  • Samantha
    Devoted October 2021
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    Haha I hadn't actually thought about the year. Yes, comfort is important. My Cousin told me hers was so heavy that she was happy to change after the morning festivities. As for the white, my Family is super open, but I do understand the connotation. That's also why I thought it would be more special to wear red. I've never really fantasised about a white wedding.
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    Devoted October 2021
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    That makes sense, I think if I had to pick one, I'd go with the qun kwa. I love the modern dresses a lot, but you could honestly get one of those and just wear them to a fancy party if you wanted, where as the qun kwa is kind of a one-type-of-event dress. Hope this helps, good luck!

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  • Jasmine
    Rockstar January 2022
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    I love when people incorporate traditional items/clothing. If you're stuck between both,, maybe go with the traditional one at least for the ceremony and then the modern one for the reception.
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  • Samantha
    Devoted October 2021
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    I think you're right, I'm starting to lean more towards traditional. The next problem is finding out where I can actually go and try one on. Online dresses aren't very expensive, but I'm afraid that the quality won't be up to par. Any thoughts on how I can still incorporate a touch of my American side into my look?
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