The Chinese Cheongsam

The Chinese Cheongsam

How it compares to Vietnamese long dresses.

The Chinese Cheongsam has a lot of similarities with the Vietnamese long dress.  Both dresses are iconic for its country.  Plus both are considered dressy, and are most often worn by women during the more formal events.Cheongsam goes by a couple of different names.  Many Chinese people refer to it as a qipao.  In western society, some like to call it the Mandarin gown.  Meanwhile, within the Vietnamese community, folks like to call it the Shanghai ao dai. 

Much like the Vietnamese long dress, the Chinese cheongsam is rather form-fitting.  In its traditional form, it is considered elegant and classy.  Meanwhile, the more modern cheongsam can take on a rather sexy look 

At first glance, the Chinese cheongsam and the Vietnamese long dress look very similar to one another.  However, if you look more closely, you will notice that the cheongsam is not worn with any pants.  Therefore, the design of a qipao is considerably more revealing than that of an ao dai. 

Another difference between the qipao and the ao dai is the length of the sleeves.  Traditional Vietnamese long dresses possess long sleeves.  Meanwhile, most Chinese cheongsam have either short sleeves or no sleeves at all.  However, this difference is becoming less and less pronounced due to the fact that modern ao dai often come with shorter arm sleeves now.

When wearing a qipao, it is common to have the hair in an updo style.  That is in contrast to how Vietnamese females often wear their hair down with the ao dai.  Also, when the hair is worn down with the qipao, it is often curled.  Meanwhile, straight hair is the stereotypical norm when wearing ao dai.