Young people shop for affordable, ready-to-wear ao dai for Tet

VietNamNet Bridge – Many ready-to-wear brands in HCM City are offering ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress) in different styles and patterns, satisfying young women who want beautiful outfits for Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. “I want to be charming for visits to my relatives and friends and for photos during Tet. An ao dai is always my best choice,” said Tran Ngoc Bao Chau, who works and lives in Singapore. Chau asked a friend in HCM City to buy her an ao dai. “I’ll return to Vietnam on December 28 of Lunar New Year (February 13). It’s too late for shopping,” said the 31-year-old Chau, adding that ready-to-wear clothes were her only choice. Chau spent several days looking for hundreds of items on Facebook of ready-to-wear shops in HCM City. Finally, she chose a brocade ao dai in pink with images of peonies from Ha Cuc, a brand which is famous among young people and celebrities. The set of ao dai and a pair of silk trousers cost VND2.5 million (US$110). “For overseas or busy people, ready-to-wear ao dai is very convenient, while tailor-made clothes take at least 10 days to make,” Chau said. This year, Ha Cuc offers six designs of brocade ao dai in pastel pink, fuchsia, red, pastel blue, black and white, printed with images of squirrels, cranes, orchids, peony or chrysanthemums. According to a saleswoman at Ha Cuc store in HCM City, their ao dai are made of high-quality fabrics with elegant patterns, loved by… [Read full story]

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