Traditional Dress


The great strands taken by the fashion industry has led people show special interest in the fashionable designer wears. The fashion outlets and casual wear stores are the most sought after shopping destinations in Singapore. Singapore is a land of multitudes of people from many races and cultures.

The traditional dress structure thus varies from one person to the other.

  • The Chinese people remain stick to their traditional attire.
  • While the Malayan population is best fitted in their popular traditional costume the baju kurung.

Singapore has many shopping malls that provides different and latest fashionable clothes.

Traditional dress of Singapore can be best described as the traditional attires of the people belonging to various races and cultures.

  • The traditional costume of the Chinese women is the cheongsam.
  • The attire dates back to the period of Ching Dynasty when the wives and daughters of the royal dynasty used to wear the tight-fitting costume.
  • The design of the dress is extremely simple and adored with ornamentation at the side of the collar.
  • The most popular costume of the Malay woman is baju kurung.
  • The loose tunic is worn over a long skirt.
  • One side of the skirt is pleated and the tunic reaches up to the mid-thigh.


  • The scarf popularly known as the selendang is sometimes draped over the head and at times even slung across the shoulder.
  • Tudung is a headscarf purposely used to cover the women's hair.
  • The Indian population in Singapore in special occasions is found to wear saris, which is a popular traditional attire.
  • Saris are worn with matching or contrasting blouses.
  • The fabric of the saris may range from cotton to high quality silk.
  • The two-piece costume of sarong kebaya is another popular costume among the Malay population.
  • Along with long skirt, a loose tunic is also worn by the Singaporeans.
  • Also the Indians in Singapore wear sarees on special events.


Below listed are some places in Singapore where traditional dresses can be bought:

1. Irene Boutique
Address: 845 Geylang Road, Singapore 400845
Contact No. :+65 6844 8307

2. Faizah Apparels
Address: 1 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 420001
Contact No. :+65 6745 6529 and +65 9721 9456 (Mobile)

3. Siti Rugaiyah Collection
Address: 845 Geylang Road, Singapore 400845
Contact No. :+65 6745 8948?

4. SR Collection
Address: 845 Geylang Road, Singapore 400845
Contact No. :+65 6744 0993

5. Nora Apparel
Address: 845 Geylang Road, Singapore 400845
Contact No. :+65 6748 0978

6. Kreasi Indah
Address: 845 Geylang Road, Singapore 400845
Contact No. :+65 6741 1071

7. Etienne Aigner Boutiques
Address: 290 Orchard Road, #01-36f Paragon, Singapore 238859
Contact No. :+65 6235 2742 ?

8. The Heeren Shops
Address: 260 Orchard Road,#20-01 Singapore 238855
Contact No. :+65 6733 4725



9. JUST FASHION (NORTHPOINT)
Address: 930 Yishun Avenue 2 Northpoint Shopping Centre #02-39 Singapore 769098
Contact No. :+65 67545332

10. alicekwonderland
Address: 32 New Market Road,#03-1012,(S) 050032
Contact No. :+6593395390

Designer salwar kameez is also a popular traditional costume among the Indians living in Singapore. The dress generally belongs to the Punjabis but now has been widely accepted by the people of the other regions as one of the most comfortable and respectable wears.



Last Updated On: June 27,2012


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