How to Wear the Chinoiserie Trend

by HULA , February 1, 2019

Photo: Phil Oh for Vogue

The Chinese traditional clothing inspired trend comes and goes, but there is no denying it’s a fun trend to incorporate into one’s look. The best thing is, there are varying degrees to which you could do so, from a head to toe outfit to simply an accessory or outerwear of the trend balanced with minimalistic jeans or pants. Here, we rounded up some of our favorite chinoiserie trend items for you.



The Mandarin Collar is a small, close-fitting, stand up collar originating from traditional dresses worn by Chinese in Imperial China. Modern interpretations of this classic Chinese dress element could be seen on runways, at times married with Western elements. Try a close fitted cheongsam style dress for a more traditional look, or try a jacket with a mandarin collar as an option to style with a range of outfits, from a simple midi length slip dress to t-shirt and skinny jeans.

Matthew Williamson Shanghai Tang Joyce
Irie Yves Saint Laurent Jean Paul Gaultier



Asian style inspired prints, be in florals or ink painting influences, could also add a touch of bold elegance to your look. Go for a full print dress if you’re out for a day party, and if you don’t want to embrace the trend too literally, try accent your outfit with one element of it in the print – your pants, top, shoes or outerwear.

Shanghai Tang Marc Jacobs Shanghai Tang
Stella McCartney Shanghai Tang Shanghai Tang



China was the first country in the world to weave silk, and the production of silk threads and fabrics gave rise to the art of embroidery. Embroidery, a very traditional Chinese clothing technique, could be incorporated that into your look without looking like costume — try a top with gold embroidery paired with leather leggings or a midi skirt. For a bolder look, go for a dress with embroidery pair with sneakers for a casual look or heels for a night out.

Dries Van Noten Toga Erdem
Louis Vuitton Tabitha Simmons Studio 133 Biyan



Red is the color of luck and joy for Chinese. The color is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holiday celebrations and family gatherings, and it would be found on clothing too. Whether you need a bit of luck or want to be the joy of the party, it doesn’t hurt to wear something in the eye-catching, fiery shade.

Charlotte Olympia Lanvin Dolce & Gabbana
Pedro Garcia Style Stalker Anya Hindmarch



Photo: The Zoe Report

According to SCMP, Many Chinese think nothing of wearing pyjamas in public. The practice is so popular in Shanghai that, in 2010, in the run-up to the World Expo, the local government, eager to present a civilised front, launched a campaign urging residents to stop stepping out in nightwear. It doesn’t stop this style to take the fashion crown by storm – seen all over instagram and in fashion week, fashionistas are pairing loosely fitted sleepwear with heels, redefining what the day-to-night look means. It’s comfortable, and it’s chic – what’s not to love?

Prada Paul Smith Equipment
Thakoon Opening Ceremony Junya Watanabe