What is Chinese Shirt
Zhongyi (Chinese shirt, 中衣), also known as Liyi (里衣), is the shirt of East Asian traditional clothing (Hanfu, kimono, Hanbok, etc.), which is worn between underwear and outerwear, mainly to match and set off. Most of them are white, which can be worn with a formal dress. Ordinary clothes can also be worn with a middle coat, which can be used as home clothes at the same time.
Zhongyi is the basic clothing for wearing Hanfu. When wearing a formal dress, you must add a Chinese dress, just like a shirt in a suit. When wearing, the body and collar are more close-fitting than the coat, and the collar edge is slightly higher than the coat.
Details of the Zhongyi (Chinese Shirt)
Definition: Zhongyi refers to the Zhongyi of the top at the beginning, and later it also includes a narrow sleeve Zhongyi, a wide sleeve Zhongyi, as well as the Zhongqun (中裙) and Zhongdan(中单) with the same function.
Fabric: general Chinese shirt fabric: pure cotton, cotton hemp, chiffon and monochrome satin.
Color: in terms of color, the Zhongyi is basically white. When boys wear Round collar robe, it’s better to wear a white Zhongyi. Girls can choose colored fabrics (such as emerald green, bright yellow, peach red, purple-gray, etc.) to match Ruqun; formal dresses can choose big red for the Chinese shirt.
Dress order: the formal dress order of Hanfu is first underwear, then Zhongyi, and finally outerwear. Zhongyi can not be worn outside, but it can be used as home clothes and pajamas.
Several common Zhongyi:
1. Narrow sleeves Zhongyi:
Features: narrow sleeve, cross collar, mostly white. Narrow sleeves are usually worn with daily clothes.
2. Wide sleeve Zhongyi:
Features: wide sleeve, cross collar, mostly white. The wide sleeve medium-sized clothes are mostly matched with formal dresses.
Since the Tang Dynasty, it has become more and more simple and flexible. The waist is seamless, and the lower part is not divided. So it is called Zhongdan.
The shape of the Chinese shirt is simple, but it is a very important part of the system of Chinese traditional clothes. Many gorgeous Hanfu needs the support of Zhongyi to be complete.