9 unusual fashion trends from China

Chicken wings for your head? WHY NOT. 

Well, that's...cute
Well, that's...cute
16 Sep 2015

Well, that's...cute

Could China be the next hotspot for daring fashion trends? We’re don’t mean couture outfits or stage costumes: we’re talking plastic hair sprouts, accessories shaped like chicken wings, and face masks that are more stylish than actual clothing.

Click through to see eight recent Chinese fashion trends that have gone viral for their ridiculousness.

1. Clip-on hair sprouts.
1. Clip-on hair sprouts.
16 Sep 2015

1. Clip-on hair sprouts.

First off, we have the trend that started it all: hair sprouts. Which soon gave way to clip-on flowers and mushrooms. Why or HOW this became a thing defies explanation, but now that Korean star G-Dragon is wearing them too, it doesn't look like the trend will go away anytime soon. 

2. Hair clips shaped like food
2. Hair clips shaped like food
16 Sep 2015

2. Hair clips shaped like food

Is it just us, or do these hyper-realistic hair clips look more appetising than the food in our office canteen? Apparently, they’re selling like hotcakes on Taobao, so our one request is that the inevitable Singaporean version includes local delicacies like kueh or popiah.

3. Vulgar T-shirts
3. Vulgar T-shirts
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3. Vulgar T-shirts

Many people who have visited China will report seeing wayward teenagers wearing shirts emblazoned with dirty English phrases. Unfortunately, small children and senior citizens also end up as the brunt of Western tourists’ jokes when they (or the children’s parents) inadvertently buy vulgarity-ridden clothing in the malls.

4. Fashionable face masks
4. Fashionable face masks
16 Sep 2015

4. Fashionable face masks

The worse the pollution gets in China, the more fashionable the masks become. While Singaporeans favour the N95 or our trusty surgical masks, people in China flock to Taobao for masks that are brightly-coloured, UV proof, or that even contain activated carbon. Even the fashion industry has caught on, as designers for China Fashion Week in 2014 featured masks and facekinis (more on that later) in their runway collection.

5. Nazi-themed clothing
5. Nazi-themed clothing
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5. Nazi-themed clothing

Well, this is awkward. In 2011, a young couple received major flaming after posting their Nazi cosplay on Chinese web forum Mop. But they aren’t the first people in Asia to get in trouble for glorifying the Third Reich. That same year, Asian news site AsiaObscura exposed a group of Korean Nazi cosplayers, who claimed that they weren’t racist and just liked the fashion.

6. The Facekini
6. The Facekini
16 Sep 2015

6. The Facekini

By now, almost everyone has heard of the Facekini, China’s answer to avoiding sun exposure and jellyfish at the beach. No matter how many times we see it, though, it will never stop looking like something from a horror film. 

7. Wedding gowns at graduation
7. Wedding gowns at graduation
16 Sep 2015

7. Wedding gowns at graduation

Why wear a stuffy old gown at your convocation when you can wear a wedding dress? In 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that young women in China were renting white, Western-style wedding gowns for their graduation photo shoots. But lest you get confused as to who – or what – these students are “marrying”, do know that in China, Western-style wedding dresses can be worn like a costume, as women wear Western-style wedding dresses for “best friend” photo shoots.

8. Cockroach hair clips
8. Cockroach hair clips
16 Sep 2015

8. Cockroach hair clips

NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. 

9. Stylish pets
9. Stylish pets
16 Sep 2015

9. Stylish pets

Love crazy clothing but not adventurous enough to wear it yourself? Well, there’s always your pet (and let’s admit it, pets can pull off ostentatious outfits better than most humans can). This fabulous lil' guy would put Paris Hilton's chihuahuas to shame. 

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