formal dresses for women over 40
Hi all! I'm new to this group, and I joined because I have a whole bunch of questions about Chinese clothing~1) It seems like the main styles of Chinese clothing are the hanfu, the Zhongshang suit, the Tang suit, the qipao, the pienfu, the changpao, and the shenyi. Are there any other notable ones that I overlooked?2) How do you pronounce qipao?3) I'm particularly interested in women's fashion and it seems like the main piece of women's clothing worn today is the qipao. Are there different styles of qipao other than the Shanghai style and Beijing style, or else other variations within these styles? I study Japanese fashion, and there are different styles of kimono with rules about who can wear them for what occasion. For instance, the furisode is a formal kimono only worn by young unmarried women. Older married women wear tomesode, which are much less flashy than furisode. Are there any such TPO rules for Chinese clothing, and qipao specifically?4) Are there any accessories that are necessary to wear qipao? To wear any kind of kimono you'd need koshihimo, and most obi knots require an obi makura, obi ita, and obi jime. There are many other tools as well that are important aesthetically as well as just to hold the outfit together. There are specific undergarments, too. Is there anything like that for Chinese clothing?5) Are there any rules regarding motifs, materials used, pankou style, etc? Such as only wearing clothing with plum blossoms in the winter, or only wearing metallic threads for formal occasions.6) Not to get into political statements, but what do you think about non-Chinese people wearing Chinese clothing? I'm part Chinese on my dad's side, but it's only a small fraction; I don't know which region of China my relatives are from. Would you consider it offensive or insensitive for someone like me to wear qipao or other Chinese clothing?7) Is there such a thing as 'real' vs 'fake' qipao, and if so how do you tell the difference? For example, I attached two pictures of kimono (in comments): one is an authentic furisode, the other is a cheap, mass produced inauthentic ' formal dresses for women over 40 kimono '- something that would be unacceptable/offensive if someone tried to wear it in Japan. You can tell which one is authentic and which is not just by looking- the price ($15.99 vs $359.40), the material (shiny, fake silk vs real silk), the fact that the obi is the same fabric as the kimono, the country of origin (China vs Japan), and the fact that the fake is mass-produced. This kind of listing , shown in the third attached pic, seems equivalent to the fake kimono- is it the same kind of situation where if someone wore that in China it would look like an obvious cheap knockoff/an insult to the culture? Are there any specific methods of figuring out whether a qipao is fake or real? I assume they'd be similar to the tells I mentioned above, but kimono also have their own specific tells, such as a back seam that is always present in real kimono and rarely seen in fakes, and the fact that listings for knockoffs usually just throw in a bunch of words like "kimono yukata haori geisha" when 3 out of those 4 words are completely unrelated to the product being listed.Sorry for the huge info dump/question list! Please don't feel obligated to answer all of these; I know it's a lot of questions ^^; Also, I hope my comparisons with kimono weren't offensive. I wasn't trying to act like one was better than the other, I just thought it would be easier to understand if I made a comparison with something I'm already familiar with.Thanks for reading this and have a nice day!