Don’t treat cheongsams as merely CNY costumes

Instead of reserving the garment for Lunar New Year and weddings, honour how it embodies culture and identity, and wear it as living heritage. HR consultant Catherine Yeow, who wears a cheongsam to work occasionally, said that embracing cultural wear at work can foster inclusivity and showcase diversity, though this depends on dress code policies and the nature of the industry. This is a trend we are seeing that cuts across race.  Hu Ruixian, a graduate of Temasek Polytechnic’s fashion design course said that more women are wearing the baju kurung or the sari on normal days. And the kebaya has been updated in recent years, such as by including more casual tops. 

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