You are here

Casual Chic Mandarin Dresses

Warning message

The service having id "facebook_widget" is missing, reactivate its module or save again the list of services.

A line skirt cheongsam green 

Can you tell this is a Mandarin dress? Yes, it's got a Mandarin collar, but the frog buttons are barely noticeable, and the silhouette is not in the classical sheath shape. This is an excellent example of Mandarin dress modernization.

The A line of this dress (available at is universally flattering, while the large orange flowers in the print can make the wearer look thinner by contrast. It's definitely a very slimming dress. If you worry about thick legs, simply wear dark-colored tights and boots to camouflage them. 

A cotton Mandarin dress like this breaks the stereotype of Mandarin dresses, which people associate with formal or at least semi-formal occasions. As a matter of fact, when a Mandarin dress is made of a washable non-sheen fabric, it certainly works for casual places. Don't forget cotton Mandarin dresses used to be Chinese women's daily wear!

fashion qipao dress 


The large white flowers and black background make this dress absolutely slenderizing. It goes without saying that black optically trims you, and the way large flowers work has been explained above.  


mandarin dress purple


The same principle applies to this cotton Mandarin dress with a black, gold, and purple print, which is a fabulous color combination for the fall.

Dark florals are in again this fall. Burgundy and earthy tones are almost as slimming as black.



Big flowers are not the only print that will make you seem skinnier by contrast. Look at the huge ripples on the dress below!

embroidered print floral mandarin dress with blue floral


Above are all casual chic dresses you can wear to a get-together with your nearest and dearest, like a family gathering during the Asian Moon Festival at a small restaurant, for instance. If you are not East Asian, these modernized Mandarin dresses don't look too ethnic so you can wear them to all types of casual events. A house party for someone's birthday would be a good example.

Speaking of birthday parties, my maternal grandfather's birth coincided with the harvest moon. As the Moon Festival is approaching, I will present some auspicious and flattering dresses which would be ideal for an elderly family member's big birthday party in my next post. See you next week!


Flatter Your Figure

Flatter Your Figure is a weekly blog on about how to make the latest fashion work for real women of all body types. It presents a new post every Wednesday and Thursday.