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Is that a 轿子in the second photo?

Yep, looks like it! It’s really big…

Why do so many ppl feel the need to ask this b…

Why do so many ppl feel the need to ask this blog for an ok on wearing hanfu or qipao? & usually w/ no context whatsoever just "can I wear this?". Just bc 1 chinese person thinks it's ok doesnt mean u've been given a permission slip. All Chinese people have differing opinions esp Chinese diaspora. Think abt context & why u so badly want to wear clothing tht has no cultural relevance to u whatsoever. If u feel u need to ask for permission chances are u know tht u probably shouldn't be wearing it.

Some additional things to keep in mind when it comes to the topic of wearing hanfu.

Hi! Do you think it’s fine for westerner…

Hi! Do you think it’s fine for westerners to wear hanfu? I just really appreciate the relatively genderless silhouette of it all, besides the very pretty looks of it

Hi! I actually answered a similar question in this post. The gist of it is, I personally think it’s fine, if it’s worn respectfully ^^ (Image Via)


Can people who are not chinese wear traditiona…

Can people who are not chinese wear traditional Hanfu?

Hi, thanks for the question!

So this can be a contentious issue with a lot of varying opinions. Just speaking for myself – I personally have no issue with people who aren’t Chinese wearing traditional hanfu if it’s done respectfully.

For example, every so often Chinese news will report on foreign students/visitors being invited to wear hanfu while participating in cultural activities (festivals, ceremonies, weddings, even graduation photos), which I think is great to see ^^

Hello! Do you happen to have a master post of …

Hello! Do you happen to have a master post of all of your asks/posts anywhere? Just to help me navigate! ^^

Hi, thanks for the question! (Image via)


You can see all my replies to asks on my Replies page. I’ve included the entire list in this post as well, for convenience ^^. I’ll be updating the Replies page and this post as needed. 

Also, for all my own posts (including replies), please see my China tag (that’s the tag I use for my original posts).

Masterpost of Ziseviolet’s Replies:

Hanfu Terms:

Guide to the different types of Hanfu

Hanfu names

My favorite Hanfu style

Daxiushan (large-sleeve robe) 

Bijia (sleeveless jacket)

Difference between Bijia & Banbi

Yuanlingpao (round-collar robe)

Hezi (chest undergarment accessory)

Doupeng (cloak/cape)

Parallel/straight collars

Winter Hanfu

Mourning Hanfu (Sangfu)

Identifying Hanfu in a photoset

Hanfu History:

Children’s Hanfu

Commoner’s Hanfu

Han dynasty Ruqun & footwear

Three Kingdoms period Hanfu

Northern & Southern dynasties Hanfu

What Mulan would’ve worn

Tang dynasty emperor’s Hanfu

Song dynasty Hanfu styles

Ming dynasty skirts

Yuan/Qing dynasty Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

Hanfu for empress/noblewoman

Books recs on history of Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

Wedding Hanfu:

Wedding Hanfu recs 

Pictures of wedding Hanfu

Modernized/Modified Hanfu:

Websites that sell modernized Hanfu

Incorporating Hanfu styles in a more modern way 

Where to buy modernized Hanfu

Hanfu Accessories:

Pibo (long scarf)

Tuanshan (rigid fan)

Weimao (veiled hat) – Part 1, Part 2

Jinbu (waist ornament)

Douli (conical hat)

Hanfu Hair Accessories/Hairstyles:

Hanfu hair accessories

Hair accessories for fine hair

Short hair and Hanfu

Ming dynasty hairstyles

Miao silver hair accessories – Part 1, Part 2

My favorite hairstyle


Huadian (forehead decoration) – Part 1, Part 2

Traditional Chinese makeup ingredients

Tang dynasty lip makeup

Men’s Hanfu:

Hanfu styles for men

Men’s formal Hanfu

Dachang (open-fronted robe)

Zhiduo vs Daopao

Yishang vs Yesa/Yisan 

Men’s Hanfu blog recs

Men’s Headwear/Hairstyles:

Historical hairstyles for men

Men’s hair accessories

Guan (headdress)

Guan & Mianguan

Hanfu Undergarments:

Guide to Hanfu undergarments – Part 1, Part 2

Hanfu petticoats

Emperor’s undergarment for Mianfu

Dudou (chest undergarment)

Lower body Neiyi (underwear)

Zhongyi & Neiyi

Wearing Hanfu:

Plus-sized Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

Chest-high Ruqun for big-chested figures

Are chest-high styles restrictive for the chest – Part 1, Part 2

Hanfu renting/dressing up

Is Hanfu hard to wear/sew

Do people in China still wear Hanfu 

Non-Chinese wearing Hanfu

Making Hanfu:

Sewing Hanfu

Making Hanfu by hand

Making Chest-high Ruqun

Using shiny brocade fabric

Buying Hanfu:

Where to buy Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

How to buy Hanfu on Taobao

International shipping on Taobao

Buying Hanfu in US/Washington DC

Hanfu shops in Shanghai

Where to buy Hanfu in Hong Kong

Recs for colorful & flowy Hanfu

Shops that sell Hanfu with more natural fabrics

Where to buy crane-print skirts

How to find Hanfu for BJDs

Hanfu in films/dramas:

Hanfu in “The Empress of China"

Hanfu in “Eternal Love"

Identifying actresses in Huadian compilation

Recs for historically/stylistically accurate Chinese drama

Accuracy of Hanfu in Mulan

Is Mulan wearing Waist-high Ruqun

Comparison with Kimono and Hanbok:

Comparing Hanfu & Kimono (padding) 

Comparing Hanfu & Hanbok (resources)

Kimono blog recs

Hanbok blog recs


What is “Gufeng”

Who is Coser小梦

Qing dynasty & modern day Hanfu

Matchmaking in ancient China

What my username means

Non-Chinese wearing Cheongsam

Chinese architecture blog recs

Modern Chinese fashion magazines

Is Mulan getting bathed,dressed up and makeup …

Is Mulan getting bathed,dressed up and makeup applied on her face,meeting the Matchmaker,reciting the admonition and tasked to pour the tea accurate in ancient Chinese customs?


Hi! I looked into it, and I couldn’t find the specific method in which ancient Chinese women went to meet the matchmaker. However, based on what I’ve found, the matchmaker’s examination of Mulan as depicted in the film doesn’t seem to have existed.

The matchmaker’s job in ancient China was to connect potential brides with potential grooms. When a boy’s parents found a potential daughter-in-law, the parents contacted a matchmaker. If the girl and her parents accepted the proposal, the matchmaker would match their birth dates using Chinese fortune telling. If the results were good, the bridegroom’s family arranged for the matchmaker to present a bride price and a dowry to the bride’s family. The matchmaker also assuaged the conflict of interests and general embarrassments on the part of two families largely unknown to each other when discussing the possibility of marriage. (Source)

Therefore, it appears that matchmakers’ clients were primarily the boys’ families (rather than the girls’), and that they were focused on connecting couples in which one side had already shown an interest toward the other. Therefore, testing the girls (reciting admonitions, pouring tea) would be unnecessary.

What is the male Hanfu crown-thing with the ha…

What is the male Hanfu crown-thing with the hairpin called? Thanks in advance. =)

Hi, thanks for the question! 

The crown-like headwear with a hairpin that is worn with men’s Hanfu is called Guan/冠. The Guan is a headdress that can cover either the full top of the head or just the topknot, and makes use of a hairpin which goes across the topknot to stabilize itself. Please see my posts on traditional Chinese male headwear and Guan in particular for more information.

You may also be thinking of a specific type of Guan called Mianguan/冕冠, which is a formal headdress that was worn by royalty and officials. 

The Mianguan consists of a crown topped with a long board, with strands of jade beads draped from the two ends. Please see my post on Mianguan for more information. (Illustration Via)

For more references, please check out my Guan tag. Hope this helps! 

(Photos via Chinese TV series “Secret of the Three Kingdoms”)

Men and women winter´s hanfu?

Men and women winter´s hanfu?


Hi, thanks for the question! (Image via)

I have a post here describing hanfu for winter. Please check it out! ^^

how did the ming dynasty women style their hai…

how did the ming dynasty women style their hair?

Hi, thanks for the question!


From 1368, after seizing power from the Mongolian-ruled Yuan dynasty, the Ming dynasty adjusted the rituals that did not conform to the customs of the Han people, adopting and restoring the systems and customs of the Tang and Song dynasties. The hairstyles of Ming women were not as rich as those of the Tang and Song, but nevertheless had their own unique characteristics. Below – Common Ming hairstyles:


The early Ming inherited the hairstyles of the Song and Yuan. After the Jiajing period

(1522–66), women’s hairstyles changed significantly. The Taoxinji/桃心髻 was a fashionable hairstyle at that time. The hair was combed into an oblate shape, and the top decorated with flowers. Later, it evolved into a filigree knot, with the hair combed high & the dome decorated with precious jewels. The hairstyle had many variations as well. Below – Taoxinji in the Chinese TV series Dream of the Red Chamber:


Another popular Ming hairstyle was the

Diji/狄髻, a small wig-hat in the shape of a pyramid & decorated with ornaments:


The Diji developed from the special hairstyles and crowns of the Song, and was worn

by married women for formal occasions during the Ming. It was often made of silver wire, gold wire, horsetail, silk, hair, paper, fabric, etc. The outside was usually covered with black yarn, which was shaped like a cone and covered the hair on top of the head. A large variety of jewelry could be attached to the hat, the number depending on occasion and preference. For more examples, please see my Diji tag.


Mo’e/抹额 were forehead/hair bands that originated from the Spring and Autumn/Warring States periods, and were most popular during the Ming dynasty. Women wrapped the bands around their forehead, and the fabric in front was usually decorated with embroideries and/or jewels. Below – Mo’e in Dream of the Red Chamber:


Finally, we can’t discuss Ming dynasty hairstyles without mentioning the gorgeous Fengguan/凤冠 (phoenix crown) worn by Ming noblewomen for ceremonies and formal occasions. It was also the traditional headwear for Ming brides (including common-folk):


Fengguan were adorned with a variety of ornaments: phoenixes made of inlaid kingfisher feathers, as well as gold dragons, beaded pheasants, pearls, and other gemstones. The numbers of phoenixes, dragons, and precious gems on each crown was different, depending on rank. For more examples, please see my Fengguan tag.


Of course, there are a lot more Ming women’s hairstyles that I haven’t covered, but this does describe some of the most popular and iconic Ming styles. For more references, please check out my Ming Dynasty tag.


Hope this helps! (Illustration Via)

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

How can I buy in the US/Washington DC? Is it o…

How can I buy in the US/Washington DC? Is it only thru Taobao?

Hi, thanks for the question!

Buying online is the best way to get your hands on authentic hanfu, especially if you reside in the US/Washington DC. While there are several sites to choose from for buying online, Taobao definitely provides the most options. Please see this post for information on how to buy hanfu through Taobao.


Hope this helps! (Image Via