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30th Birthday Qipao Dress // Green Lace Dress

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Yesterday was my 30th birthday. If you asked me 5 years ago where I thought I would be by the time I turned 30, I definitely would not in a million years have predicted where I am now. The me five years ago would have said that by the time I’m 30, I would be an Account Director at an advertising agency, be either engaged or married, and about ready to settle down and pop out a few kids. The me I am now is a full-time fashion blogger, happily living my boyfriend, and definitely not ready to settle down or have kids anytime soon. It is crazy to think how differently life can turn out if you just follow your heart and let it deviate from your plans. I’ve never been happier than I am now in my life – doing something I love, finally in a happy and healthy relationship, and most importantly really knowing myself. So I would say I am pretty excited to start my 30s and leave my 20s of uncertainty and caring about what everyone else thinks behind! LayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Yellow Handbag Style BlogLayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Brocade Floral Heels Yellow HandbagLayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Fur Coat Date Night Outfit

This green lace dress is one of my favorite finds from my recent trip to China. It is actually a modern version of a qipao dress, which is a traditional, body-hugging Chinese dress worn in the 1920s and 1930s.  I’ve never owned a qipao dress because many of them are super traditional and can look costume-y, but I liked this dress immediately. The delicate green lace reminded me of a vintage dress, and I was drawn to the sheer neckline with a subtle polka dot print. In fact, the only part of the dress that indicates it’s a qipao dress is the traditional qipao neckline. LayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Side Braid Fashion BlogLayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Feminine Style Blog

I definitely feel super grown-up and elegant in this dress. It’s the kind of piece that just makes me feel like a woman. For a glam night out, I added a fur bolero and green brocade heels. I also chose a vintage yellow handbag for a pop of color, as well as sparkly disc earrings. I even got my hair done at Facetime Beauty and chose a side braid with waves for a romantic and feminine look.LayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Sheer Neckline Disc EarringsLayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Sheer Neckline Hairstyle IdeasLayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Jocelyn Fur Jacket NYC Street StyleLayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Vintage Handbag Green Floral HeelsLayersofChic Qipao Dress Green Lace Dress Elegant Style

Shop the Look:

Dress: From China (similar here via RTR)
Fur Jacket: Jocelyn
Shoes: Mari A
Bag: Vintage
Earrings: SEQUIN
Bracelet: SEQUIN 
Watch: Ted Baker

Thanks for reading,

Mary

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9 responses to “30th Birthday Qipao Dress // Green Lace Dress”

  1. Rena says:

    Such an amazing dress!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  2. Lisa Autumn says:

    What a gorgeous dress babe! Happy belated birthday 🙂

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  3. Madi Rowan says:

    Happy (belated) birthday!! That dress is just stunning on you & I absolutely love those shoes!! So gorg!

    -madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

  4. Carolyn says:

    Happy Birthday! Love this dress on you and that you got it from China. That’s so special!

  5. Liz says:

    What a stunning outfit! And happy birthday <3 It's so crazy how life changes in just a few years but it always seems to unfold the way it should. I feel you on not being ready for kids lol!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  6. Rosemary says:

    Very cute. This dress looks lovely on you! Love the accessories, especially the purse. Happy Birthday and wishing you a wonderful year!

  7. Happy 30th birthday girl you look stunning in the outfit. http://www.thecozyme.com

  8. That is a beautiful dress and looks great on you! Happy Birthday!

  9. Laurelle says:

    Happy birthday, gorgeous! That dress and those shoes are absolutely perfect. What a gorgeous look for your birthday.

    xx, Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

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