A guide to the modern ao dai

September 13, 2018

What is a modern ao dai

 What do we mean by the terms modern ao dai and traditional ao dai? While other brands or history buffs might have their own definitions, our staff refer to a modern ao dai as shorter (usually knee length) dress, that is created for everyday wear in mind.



(modern ao dai shown on left of screen, and traditional style on the right)


The modern ao dai is usually worn with jeans, leggings or a skirt underneath. A traditional ao dai is work with comfortable, satin or chiffon pants underneath. Personally we prefer the chic silhouette of a well made modern ao dai with jeans or leggings, than with the billowing skirts underneath as made by some ao dai brands.

modern ao dai

(a modern ao dai in silk brocade fabric (note the shorter length than traditional version)


(Another more traditional ao dai, this one having a boat neck)


For important occasions, a traditional ao dai is usually the better/safer choice, a modern ao dai is very practical for everyday wear, whether it be for work or play.

Traditional ao dai are still commonly worn, especially on important/formal occasions and is at no risk of being replaced by the modern ao dai for the foreseeable future, withe the modern ao dai, a complementary garment, which captures the essence of historic ao dai with a contemporary twist.

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