While Chinese New Year may be a little quieter this year, there’s still reason to dress up the little ones (and yourself too!) and have a cozy gathering with the family. Little Steps has shopped the best boutiques, both online and on-site, to give you the scoop on where to buy the perfect Chinese New Year Cheongsams, qipaos, and CNY outfits for boys, girls, and babies too this Lunar New Year. Bring on the Year of the Ox – Happy 牛 (‘Niu’) Year!
Presenting Viva Vida Kids' Chinese New Year 2021 collection, with prints that start with a sketch of an illustration and designs that are exclusively crafted. These pieces of artwork feature how kids play and live life. Through the illustrations, Viva Vida celebrates life by capturing the energy, imagination, and free spirit of children around the world. They hope that their illustrations and clothing collections will inspire the curiosity and imagination of kids and give them courage to explore, experience and understand different places, cultures as well as festivals around the world. Just for this year, they've launched their Red Ox design with sizes available for Dad, Mom, and the kiddos! There's also a Red Ox boy romper too! Cute! Viva Vida Kids' designs are inspired by the diversity of cultures, festivals, and celebrations around the world. Shop HERE.
Viva Vida Kids, 10 Anson Road #33-04A International Plaza, Singapore 079903, +65 851 15122, www.vivavidakids.com/collections/chinese-new-year-2021
Twinning, twinning, twinning! Known for one-of-a-kind prints, bold designs and pieces made with a perfect a-lined cut that is sure to flatter anyone, Charmed on 9th Avenue presents its latest collection just in time for Chinese New Year. Check out their signature matching festive outfits for moms and kids. We simply love their Bella Orient collection and there are even matching masks to boot!
Charmed on 9th Avenue, www.charmedon9thave.com
Introducing ‘Sayang Sayang’, the Peranakan Collection by OETEO! Not exactly the traditional CNY motifs and everything red, but definitely noteworthy as it features locally-designed Peranakan tile prints on 100% cotton, in enduring styles that kids can wear beyond the CNY season. Plus it includes OETEO’s award-wining EASYEO baby rompers, which do not have snaps, zips, or buttons! Fabulous!
Enter Love Bonito, Singapore's leading fashion brand with their contemporary collection this Chinese New Year. Think color, texture, and pretty prints for the kids. Swoon over bold, romance, and ruffled looks for the ladies! Want more? There are also sleek shapes for you to choose from. Nice.
Love Bonito, www.lovebonito.com/sg/chinese-new-year
The Missing Piece CNY 2021 collection, Time to Bloom, brings you pieces inspired by springtime and fresh beginnings. Say hello to new ingenious convertible numbers and more separates for greater versatility and dress-up-or-down potential. Occasion-worthy fabrics, such as brocade and lace, don’t just appear in feminine dresses, but also as fun shorts, skirts, jumpsuits, and playful shift dresses with statement sleeves. This collection boasts beautiful fabrics sourced over six months from Europe, Korea, and Southeast Asia. These include premium vegan sustainable fabrics from Europe which are light, breathable and boast pretty floral motifs. Also featured is our new exclusive TMP custom toile print inspired by Kampung Bugis in the softest linen and cotton, made through a proprietary Vegan Textile Process. Want more? Check out their limited-edition Peranakan-inspired beaded sandals that come in both flat and heeled options!
The Missing Piece, iwantthemissingpiece.com/collections/time-to-bloom
Maison Q's What The Ox Heard CNY 2021 collection is simply adorable! It’s a festive collection comprising fun and cheerful prints. Inspired by one of their favorite children’s books, the collection features the brand’s own set of curious characters. There is the lead - Fantastic Mr Ox, a goofy cutie set in scallop, Pandamania the lovable monochromatic creature, the cheeky Lucky Cat and the elegant Flirtatious Peacock. Each, exuberant in personality and dazzling in style. A bullish sentiment that we so need in the coming year. So what did the Ox hear? Their smaller size range from 6 months to 7 years are reversible and they've also included bigger sizes from 8 to 12 years.
Homegrown and made in Singapore, this lovely online store provides functional clothing and lifestyle products. Presenting their Two-Oh-Two-Oh collection this Lunar New Year, which features contemporary prints like Red Infinity Huat and Longevity Peaches in vibrant colors and matching sets for the whole family. "Good Things Come In Pairs" is the inspiration behind this year's collection. We also love their Pink Chopsticks print, with dancing chopsticks, representing all the feasting with our family and loved ones during reunion dinners!
Chubby Chubby, www.chubbychubby.sg
What we love about Peas and Plums? All their clothes are made of natural fibers like cotton and Tencel which makes it all the more attractive especially during the long hours of visiting during Chinese New Year! Plus, they've kept their designs and prints minimalistic, which is great for those who do not like the whole fanfare of this season and want to keep things simple. Mom can also pair their indigo, ruby, or emerald mandarin collared tops with jeans or choose to jazz it up with a flowy skirt.
Peas and Plums, www.peasnplums.com
Light and bright are what we'll characterize Pocket Pig Diary's CNY collection this year. From cute tangerine motifs to delicate florals, their Chinese Festival Collection is understated and simple, just the way we like it. What caught our eyes were the Dragon Playground prints for those who just love a touch of nostalgia. All products are made with Korean cottonvill fabric with handmade knotted buttons to give it an oriental touch. Nice!
Pocket Pig Diary, shop.pocketpigdiary.com/collections/chinese-style
Little Qipao, www.littleqipao.com
Elly's CNY2021 collection is a journey around the world to celebrate things in places we had seen before the world's borders closed. CNY2021 draws inspiration from across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas to bring you designs incorporating influences from these regions, weaving in CNY, and even some subtle touches of Disney as well! Be awed by prints from Asia, inspired by the Japanese philosophy behind kintsugi, translated as "golden joinery". There are also prints inspired by the dancheong, a type of Korean traditional painting on wooden architecture using five basic colours - red, blue, yellow, black and white. We simply love the paisley prints too, hailing all the way from Europe. Shop HERE now!
The Elly Store, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, #02-31/33 Cluny Court, Singapore 259760, +65 6466 8718, www.theellystore.com
Little Kooma, www.littlekooma.com
Le Petit Society, lepetitsociety.com/shop/cny-2021
Joli Pretty, jolipretty.com
MGP The Label, mgplabel.com
The Closet Lover, www.theclosetlover.com/collection/cny-2021
Lark & Peony, www.larkandpeony.com
Shanghai Tang, www.shanghaitang.com
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