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But Can I Wear It

Without looking like an idiot?

I mean, I've always loved this style, and this is the first time I've seen it in sizes that an American woman could fit into. But could I pull it off without looking stupid?

(Not that I need a new gown, but I like to look...)



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Aug. 25th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
Of course you can! Why would you even question it?
Aug. 25th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
'Cause I look at it, and think, "lovely!" and then wonder, "Does a fat redhead have any business wearing a Chinese dress?" when I'm not a cute Chinese girl...

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Aug. 26th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen one with long sleeves (that would be pretty!). I stopped to look at them at our Chinese Cultural Center, but even the "XL" there is too small!

I'm looking at a black one, actually -- with a peacock design (not the one I linked to, oddly enough).

Maybe I will get it...
Aug. 26th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
i had the same thought about pyramid collection's mandrin jacket that is now like half price. I'm not sure i have an answer
Aug. 26th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Well, both nutmeg3 and queenofattolia think I can, so... I might buy one. They're certainly cheaper than Pyramid Collection...
Aug. 26th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
yes, well what isn't? Sadly they never seem to put anything on sale until there's nothing but XS's left
Aug. 26th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
I did luck into the velvet gown when there was still my size and it came down to half price. But, on the whole, yeah. There are a ton of things there I would buy if they were a little less expensive!
Aug. 26th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
you and me both. I went the full price on one for my 15 reunion festivities from med school but that sort of demanded it
Aug. 26th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no one told me about my high school reunion(s) until it was over (my, I was popular).
Aug. 26th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
if I hadn't googled mine I would never have known. They only put it up on Facebook and expected us to come to them. and why the hell did I go looking?

Glad I did. I got to reconnect with a few people I really liked and it makes me wish I could go back home
Aug. 27th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, Facebook was how I reconnected and found out they had HAD them -- and, despite having lived at the same address with the same phone number since 1988, they apparently couldn't find me. :P
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
oh geez. I think you mentioned that when I went to mine. They didn't even really bother trying to find anyone. I assume they have one every year (always at thanksgiving which isn't when I want to go do things)
Aug. 27th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
I think you'd look lovely! I think every woman would enjoy a well-made qipao. If one wants to get serious, one gets it custom made, but I think it works just as well to get a qipao that fits well enough and then splurge a little for alterations as necessary. It's important for the waist to hit neither too high nor too low, but at your personal waist, for example, and for the sleeves to have a little room but not too much. A personalized hem length can really bring out the shape of one's calves.

Of course, I don't have one yet, but I will someday!
Aug. 27th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
We'll have to see how it looks when it gets here! Maybe I can talk Lee into alterations if it needs them...

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