Perhaps junior is performing on traditional Malay dance, or maybe she’s singing an old Chinese folk song. The school is also inviting the kids to attend class in ethnic outfits and share a little about their own culture.
Instead of dashing around the malls at the last minute to sniff out a traditional costume, check out one of these online stores for an assortment of qi pao, saris and baju kurong for your mini-me.
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PRICE From $41.20 for a cheongsam, and $32.10 for a mandarin -collared shirt. FROM Chubby Chubby WHAT If you adore bright colours and patterned prints, Chubby Chubby boasts gorgeous Chinese-inspired attire for your sweetie, from newborns to age 10. Helmed by designer Nix Deng, this homegrown Singapore label features clothes designed and made right here. If you have kids who prefer to don matching festive wear, this is your go-to. It stocks matching prints for both girls and boys! Regular delivery in Singapore costs $1.10. PARENTS SAY Says mum of two Georgina Fang, “I love the Mandarin-collared shirts for my sons. Comfort is a priority for them ― since the material is of high quality and not scratchy, they love it, too.”
Little Nyonya Batik
PRICE From $15 for a batik shirt, and $55 for a sarong kebaya set. FROM Little Nonya Batik WHAT Proud of your Peranakan roots and want junior to showcase thier rich heritage and culture? Then deck them out in a sarong kebaya or a baba batik shirt for Racial Harmony Day. Every vibrantly-hued batik shirt ― only one of each design is available in each kebaya set ―is made of machine washable cotton. So, get yours quickly! Delivery costs $3 within Singapore. PARENTS SAY We love the bright colours and designs and we bet junior will be the talk of the town (or school) with his or her unique outfit. Well-made clothes aside, poke around the website to get insights, historical ones included, into how batik designs are made. What a treat ― you kill two birds with one stone ― you enjoy a fun shopping cum cultural experience at the same time!
PRICE Sarees from $36, pavadai sets from $96, and boys’ dhoti kurta sets from $30. FROM Cbazaar WHAT Love traditional Indian attire’s intricate details? You’ll find everything you need here. It stocks everything, from ethnic wear, to bags and accessories, and even Indian-inspired home furnishings like cushion and quilt covers. Though the store is based in the US, it ships worldwide. Shipping starts at $16 per item. PARENTS SAY Your little man will look like royalty in a dhoti kurta, or bandi set, while your mini-princess will look glam in a bejewelled lehenga or saree. Psst, the adult collection is pretty comprehensive, too…we bet you’ll long to get your own saree once you see your mini-me in one! Do note, however, that since these outfits are being shipped in from the US, you’ll need to check that they arrive in time for the big day.
PRICE Outfits from about $40. FROM Pan-In-The-Box WHAT Is your mini-me dying to don a costume from some other country other than Singapore? Try Pan-In-The Box, which offers costumes from around the world. Here, you’ll find a traditional Thai outfit for girls, as well as an Arabian princess costume ― we’re pretty sure your little darling will love it! The physical store front is at #02-51 The Central Shopping Mall, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. PARENTS SAY Though the costumes are a tad pricey, they are definitely not the run-of-the-mill kind ― think Native American girl ($53). Junior will definitely stand out among the crowd!
PRICE From around $40 for a traditional Indian outfit for girls. FROM Purple Tulsi WHAT Strapped for time and can’t make your way to Little India to purchase your little girl’s saree? Don’t fret, Purple Tulsi will save your day as it has everything you’ll need. This online store stocks both Indian- and Western-inspired outfits for girls ― you can even go the whole hog and accessorise with bangles (from $13) and finger rings (from $10) ordered from the website! As new designs are launched daily, keep checking back for new designs. Shipping within Singapore is free for orders over $40. PARENTS SAY The reasonably-priced dresses are made of quality material and feature intricate details.
PRICE From $125 for the Alana pompom kurung, while linen shirts for boys start at $45. FROM Maison Q WHAT The Raya 17 collection boasts beautiful baju kurung for little girls ― the Adrianna bell sleeves kurong has a girlie-glam charm, and we love the adorable Alana pompom kurong on the littler ones. Regular mail within Singapore costs $1.15. PARENTS SAY As the elegant baju kurung are either made of cotton or jacquard with a comfortable lining, these eye-catching outfits will surely make heads turn! We dig the shirts for boys, too ― the Nehru collars and whimsical prints should help your cutie stand out.
PRICE Yukata tops start at around $49, while kimono dresses start at around $69. FROM Hahanoyume WHAT Love the look of kimonos and yukatas? Showcase Japanese culture and fashion with a Hahanoyume ensemble. Made from 100 per cent soft cotton fabric lovingly handpicked in Osaka, Japan, most of the lovely Japanese-inspired printed outfits should fit toddlers aged 1 to 3. The Malaysia-based store ships to Singapore for $8 (one to two business days). PARENTS SAY We simply love everything that this store has to offer! The fine cotton fabric is perfect for our humid weather and we are sure that your little ones will continue wearing these garments well after Racial Harmony Day, which makes the slightly higher price tag worth it.
The Elly Store
PRICE From $31.50 for a Mandarin-collared shirt, and $38.50 for a cheongsam. FROMThe Elly Store WHAT This popular online store stocks kids wear in the most adorable prints! It’s Chinese New Year collection (but available all year around) features beautiful little cheongsams, and Mandarin-collared shirts. Delivery is $4 by registered mail in Singapore. PARENTS SAY The Elly Store is a mainstay on many mum’s online shopping list, and for good reason. The garments are extremely well made, and the bright colours survive countless washes without fading. Matching sibling wear is also available.