Don’t worry- it does depend on the people. As long as you don’t wear it everywhere and think that it’s the actual qipao or kimono I think it’s fine.
Saris are like ordinary clothes- wear them if you want! For events like weddings, if you’re attending your Indian friend’s. Just don’t wear it everywhere and claim that you’re Indian as well and that’s fine. Not that I expect you to do that, kihihihihi.
It’s different than, say, wearing a Native American feather headdress in a disrespectful manner. From what I know that’s a symbol of status and religion?? All I know is that it has some very important cultural significance so it’s a no-no.
Also, qipao/cheongsam is of Manchurian origin. They were the rulers of China from the 1600’s until the end of Imperial China. (AKA Everything Was Fine Until The Westerners Arrived)
The original qipao was much less form-fitting and not so alluring- the more modern style evolved form Western influence in Shanghai in early 1900’s. Right now there’s a lot more styles due to modern re-imaginings. Fashion is always changing! Style is eternal, though.
This are what qipao normally look like:
mind you those are the most basic model without too many alterations. To be honest I rather like the ‘mermaid’ style.
This is the hanfu: otherwise known as actual Chinese clothing. Not many people know about this, let alone wear it. Now it’s a relic of the past and a costume for media adaptations of wuxia novels.
//ugly laughter forgive the use of costume satin. I think that’s costume satin at any rate.
And this is the Vietnamese áo dài.
I’m thinking of getting one when I’m old enough to go to Vietnam on my own. Cheaper there rather than commissioning one here, ehehehe.
when weeaboos say that a hetalia character’s theme song should be the national anthem of that nation