Chinese Dress for Girl – Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt

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Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt

As the weather slowly turned cooler, the Ming dynasty’s Hanfu styles began to fit the wearer. Previous issues have introduced men’s Ming dynasty styles (Hanfu jacket / Taoist Robe / Hanfu outerwear ), and today we will introduce Chinese Dress for girl: the Ming dynasty stands collar shirt.

Before we start, let’s popularize the basic style of Ming Dynasty Hanfu Ao shirt, which is mainly divided into Duijin(对襟) and Dajin(大襟), Jin(襟), the original meaning refers to the intersection of the neckline of the clothes, and also refers to the chest part of the clothes, and the collar is mainly divided into the straight collar, round collar and stand collar(also known as a vertical collar).

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt

Chinese Dress for girl – Part I

Stand Collar Duijin Shirt (立领对襟衫)

[Structure & History]

Stand collars first appeared in the mid-Ming Dynasty and were especially common in the late Ming Dynasty. There are some differences between the Ming Dynasty stand collars and the modern stand collars. Ming dynasty stand collars had square corners, usually without decoration, and were usually fastened with one or two pairs of buttons. The part of Jin is usually fastened with a button or tie.

Several pieces of stand collar Duijin shirt have been found in artifacts excavated from Ming tombs. It has been recorded that: “Four large shirts, yellow, Duijin, high collar, wide sleeves, short tunic with cuffs. There are gold buttons on both sides of Jin, seven pairs each. Each pair consists of two butterflies, one with a hollow chrysanthemum on the head, and the other one with a jewel inlaid in the head, which when fastened together becomes a stamen.”

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt
Detail of the collar

The traditional stand collar Duijin shirt appeared around the end of the Ming Dynasty. Portraits and pictures of ladies testify to the existence of this form of the style. In the Qing dynasty, Chinese women’s dress continued this feature of the Ming dynasty, which was especially popular.

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[Occasion & Matching]

In the early Ming Dynasty, stand collar Duijin shirt was more often worn as an underlay for round-necked robes informal occasions. Those decorated with Buzi (补子) or woven with Longmang (龙蟒) or Feiyu (飞鱼) patterns were more often worn as regular clothes.

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt

Chinese Dress for girl – Part II

Stand Collar Dajin Long Shirt (立领大襟长衫)

[Structure & History]

The Dajin, or diagonal Jin, was widely circulated in the late Ming period. The stand collar Dajin shirt artifacts generally have several features: a stand collar, wide sleeves, lacing at the right armpit, and a relatively long garment length. Take the following costumes from old collections as an example, they are all over 120cm long.

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt

[Occasion & Matching]

The stand collar Dajin shirt is usually worn with a Mamian skirt as a whole. Depending on the pattern of the fabric, there are different occasions to wear it.

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt

The plain stand collar Dajin shirt can be worn as daily wear. In the paintings of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, ladies are often seen wearing this style with wide robes and big sleeves, appear exceptionally soft and beautiful. It can also be used for more formal occasions with a relatively formal hairstyle hair accessory.

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt
Stand collar Dajin shirt in a Ming Dynasty portrait

If the stand collar Dajin shirt has a more ornate pattern or is decorated with Buzi, it is usually worn as formal attire for ceremonial occasions.

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt

More fashionable ways to wear the stand collar Dajin shirt:

Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt Chinese Dress for Girl - Ming Stand Collar Hanfu Shirt


The above is the introduction to Chinese dress for girl: the Ming dynasty stands collar shirt. For more information about Chinese dress and modern Hanfu, you can click here.

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