What is Hanfu?
When people think of traditional Chinese clothing, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the 旗袍 (qipao), the fitted patterned dress that seems to be quintessentially Chinese. However, 汉服 (hanfu) is also another major clothing style that is special to the Han Chinese identity and history. It is characterized by an upper garment (either a robe or a shirt) paired with a lower garment (typically a pleated skirt), and dates all the way back to the Han Dynasty. This style has also influenced other Asian clothing styles, such as the Korean hanbok, Japanese kimono and yukata, and others.
The Hanfu movement is a recent social trend that has been dedicated to reviving and adapting these ancient fashions to modern times. Check out and shop some of our favorite Hanfu-inspired pieces below! These are perfect for the right special occasion, for those interested in incorporating these classic styles into modern-day wear, and make wonderful and thoughtful gifts.
Hanfu Style for Women
Hanfu for women was usually characterized by flowy attire made from natural materials. From blouse-and-skirt sets to comfy yet stylish tops, these classic pieces can definitely make their way into a cute, tradition-inspired outfit. Shop some of our favorites below, which can easily be incorporated into a cute summer outfit.
T-Shirt and Jeans
It's time to upgrade your go-to outfit of t-shirt + jeans when there's nothing else to wear. This combination is so simple since everyone has these items, and is super versatile. Accessorize to make your outfit pop, or make it city chic with the right shoes and bag.
1. All About Accessories
Accessories are one of the best ways to add that extra pop that an outfit might need.
2. City Girl Chic
With some fancier boots and a cute newsboy hat, you're all set for an Instagrammable adventure in the city!
Got some dresses gathering dust in your closet because you have no idea how to include them in an outfit? Here are two ways to get some better use out of them while looking cute.
3. Tuck in a Turtleneck
You've heard of wearing a t-shirt under slip dresses. Why not try out a turtleneck too? This outfit gives effortlessly chic vibes.
4. Bodycon as a Top
Want some more use out of your shorter, tighter dresses? Just tuck them into a pair of jeans.
Are you a hoarder of your boyfriend's clothes? Or, single and just happen to own some pieces that are way too big? Either way, here's how you can upgrade your oversized clothes.
5. Adding a Corset
A corset is just what you need to take that oversized shirt from "I'm wearing my boyfriend's shirt as pajamas" to a sophisticated shirt dress.
6. Tuck It In
Or, tuck that dress shirt into a flowy maxi skirt (to avoid visible wrinkles and bunching up) for an office-appropriate look.
Having nothing to wear might be a sign that it's time to think outside of the box with your outfits! Here are two ways you can experiment with new looks that will definitely pay off.
7. A Dress...But Make It Edgy
Dress + combat boots = a sundress with a little edge.
8. Oversized Blazers
Blazers are a great way to upgrade your outfit and make it more stylish. Pair an oversized one with a t-shirt and some jeans for a more polished on-the-go look. Just make sure your jeans are on the shorter side to balance out the blazer!
What's trending in teen fashion this summer? From mom jeans to floral dresses, these style finds are cute, casual, and all over Instagram.
Band tees are a casual way to instantly look cooler, especially when tucked into a pair of high-waisted jeans. Who cares if you don't actually listen to their music?
Forget skinny jeans: a straight-leg, ankle-length pant is every girl's staple now. They flatter every body type with a slimming and elongating effect.
Patterned dresses—à la French countryside—are feminine, carefree, and perfect for the summer.
Combat boots are in this year, especially Doc Martens. It's easy to see why: they add a cool touch to any outfit.
Cropped Button Top
Thanks to Brandy Melville, button-up tops, especially cropped styles, are everywhere right now.
Pair this with a crop top and combat boots, and there, you've got yourself an outfit!
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French style has become revered for its effortlessly elegant look from head to toe. The style can be described as minimal and neutral, yet versatile and stylish. Comfort always takes priority. Surprisingly, there are actually only a few items that every French girl relies on in her closet. Here are some of our favorites. They can be easily mixed and matched to achieve the most parfait look!
And don't forget to check out our French department for even more inspiration!
The silk scarf has been a symbol of style since the 1930s. It can be worn in so many ways, either around your neck, as an accessory on your bag or in your hair!
La Marinière Top
The very French marinière top is a really cute and versatile item to add to your closet, giving your look a casual Frenchy vibe.
This item is in every chic French girl's wardrobe. It's not just for formal settings; match it with a t-shirt underneath and a pair of jeans for an easy, elegant look.
This is a very classic and easy to wear shoe that won't take too much attention away from the rest of your outfit. Parisian girls wear flats all year round, weather permitting of course.
The trench coat will be your best friend in spring and early winter. Throw it on for an instant upgrade, and feel free to stray from the classic beige color.
Black Leather Bag
A leather bag is elegant, practical and convenient. It never goes out of style and you can wear it every day of the year. A must have!
Straight Leg Jeans
Raw honey can be one of the most soothing things to introduce to your skin, and can be incorporated into your routine in a number of ways! Use it as a soft facial cleanser (after removing your makeup), mix it with some other natural ingredients to make your own hair or face mask, or massage it into your face as a gentle exfoliant. The possibilities are endless.
If you have acne-prone skin and those store-bought artificial products haven't been doing the trick, try this out! Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it a popular ingredient in cleansers and can greatly reduce itchiness and irritation. Make sure to dilute tea tree oil by mixing it with another natural oil like carrier oil, or your favorite moisturizer or toner.
If you have dry skin, raw shea butter is a great fat that can act as a great remedy, softening and smoothing the skin. You can use it as a natural moisturizer or lip balm, or mixed into your go-to lotion.
It's no wonder why aloe vera is a common ingredient in over-the-counter skincare products. In its purer forms, aloe vera works as an amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Mix it with honey for a face mask, or apply to irritated areas like bug bites or acne for relief.
Besides being a healthy fat that is great to cook with, coconut oil has some great moisturizing properties for your skin and hair. While it is too thick to act as an effective oil on its own, it works great when applied on top of moisturizer or as an ingredient in your all-natural cleanser.
Yep, not only is ginseng one of the best health drinks out there but it can do great things for your skin. Ginseng extract is beneficial for all skin types, but it's especially good as an anti-aging product. Add it to your next DIY face mask!
You've heard of throwing it onto your salads, now get ready to put it on your skin! Apple cider vinegar can help out with clearing your skin when implemented into your routine. Add this to your facial cleansers and toners, or take a bath in a diluted version to soothe sunburned skin.
Summer is in full swing here in China, and the warmer weather definitely has us all in a more laid-back mood. The feeling of fun and the endless possibilities that come with hotter days just makes life seem dreamier and softer, doesn't it? Add that ethereal aesthetic to your wardrobe this season with these must-haves! From flowy pieces that will float on your skin, to comfy staples you can easily mix and match, you'll be all set for your sweetest summer yet with these styles.
Sure, jeans are nice but stay comfortable (yet still fashionable!) in the heat with some looser and more lightweight bottoms. They're great for a day out in the sun and go well with many of the pieces you probably already have in your closet.
Bohemian chic and summer pretty much go hand-in-hand. This style keeps it light and breezy with lightweight silhouettes, and is so effortlessly feminine it's no wonder it's one of the hottest fashions out there. These pieces just radiate dreamy getaway vibes with free-flowing fabrics and vibrant colours.
The slip is definitely one of the most versatile pieces you could own. Wear it over a basic tee for a more laid-back look, or layered over a chiffon long-sleeve for something more polished. Or, throw a lightweight blazer on top if you're a little more prone to getting chilly. The possibilities are endless! Plus, the silky material means you'll be comfy yet chic all day.
Nothing gives off more laid-back, summery vibes than a dress that hangs off your shoulders. Just add a cute bag and throw on your favourite slip-ons for an effortlessly chic look.
Backless shoes are one of the hottest trends right now, and for good reason! They're key to a polished off-duty look that will also feel comfortable on your feet all day. Plus, they're so easy to mix and match with pretty much anything!
Miranda, pictured second from the right in the photo above, is a strong career-oriented woman working as a lawyer. She has a very cynical attitude about relationships and men, and her strong personality allows her to pull off bold outfits like nobody else. She often wears clothing with clean, sharp lines but adds her own edgy details, such as a statement belt or pair of earrings.
We get it: our lives can get super hectic and it’s easy to feel worn down from a fast-paced lifestyle and busy schedule. Finding yourself feeling drained and constantly battling fatigue as the day goes on? Fortunately, there are a ton of simple and super-effective ways to boost your energy levels. Here are 10 of them!
1. Relieve your stress
Stress and stress-related feelings tend to take up a ton of energy. If you're feeling anxious and exhausted, try and find some ways to reduce the stress in your life. While it might not be possible to totally eliminate the sources, things like mindfulness or carrying around a stress ball can help improve your energy. Here are some great destressors you can use!
2. Stay hydrated
Hydration plays a big role in our overall mood and energy levels, especially in the summer months when we dehydrate more quickly. It might be hard to keep track of your water intake throughout a busy day, but make sure to always keep water on hand and drink it throughout the day.
3. Get moving
If you're feeling tired this might seem like the last thing you want to do, but exercise can do wonders for restoring those energy levels! It's as simple as taking time out of your day everyday to walk more, whether it's to your favorite lunch spot at work or just a stroll in your free time. If you're looking for something more functional to exercise in, here are some of our top picks!
4. Consume some caffeine
Caffeine is almost everyone's go-to pick-me-up. While it can be helpful when you're feeling extra sluggish, be cautious about consuming it with added sugars since they often lead to sugar spikes and then crashes. Instead of reaching for another energy drink, opt for a coffee instead. Need some recommendations on a good cup of joe? Here are some.
5. Sleep more
Your sleep schedule could be contributing to fatigue and depleted energy levels. While it varies from person to person, in general we need 7 hours of sleep in order to feel fully rested. Try to get those hours in at night instead of squeezing in naps throughout the day for a more restful sleep. Here are some more ways you can get a better night's sleep!
6. Eat and energize
Food = fuel! Certain foods are really good at giving you that much needed boost. If you've been feeling worn out, healthy fats like nuts and chia seeds are great at picking you up. While you're at it, why not check out some more superfoods?
7. Watch your workload
It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you have lots to tackle at work, and it could be causing poorer concentration and fatigue. Avoid overwork by delegating tasks and finding some much-needed downtime in your schedule.
8. Try out essential oils
Essential oils can be extremely therapeutic and can help increase focus, reduce stress and increase energy. Try out oils like peppermint, bergamot, lemon and spearmint. Curious about what else they can do? Check out our article on relaxation and aromatherapy.
9. Drink herbal tea
Not a fan of the caffeine buzz? Sip some herbal tea instead for a natural energy boost. While herbs are mostly associated with relaxation, there are certain teas that will uplift you and keep you feeling energized and focused throughout the day. Ginger, ginseng and ginkgo are some great examples! Here are some other recommendations for great healthy drinks.
10. Stretch it out
Yoga is a great way to fight off fatigue. The focus on breathing, increased flexibility, and meditation involved make this a great way to relieve stress and leave you feeling rejuvenated. If you need even more reasons to do yoga, here are a few more!
Get yourself a cute pedicure and check out these sandal trends! Pretty soon it will be too hot to wear anything else...
We all know that big, "ugly" sneakers are in, and it turns out that chunky sandals might just be even better. The ridiculous tourist sandals you remember from your childhood have been given a chic upgrade. And best of all, you can wear them for hours without any pain!
This year, fashion giants like Dior and Jacquemus have decided to focus their attention on the heels. They've make the heel of a shoe become a true piece of art, and we are absolutely loving it!
See-through PVC Sandals
If you feel like you've been seeing through everything lately. Clear PVC is a hot trend this summer. We've been spotting it everywhere, from bags to backpacks to slippers and of course, sandals.
Calling all women born in the wrong era. Add a sweet vintage vibe to your look with some woven sandals that will add texture and style to your favorite summer outfits.
Animal print shoes are still in! Pair them with a neutral outfit to give them the full attention that they deserve.