The traditional cheongsam chinese dresses are very much associated with the far east and oriental community. There are various styles available but essentially they are one piece long dresses that are usually short sleeved or sleeveless. Another characteristic of the cheongsam chinese dress is that they often feature a side-silt along the leg. The length of this varies depending upon style of dress.
Traditional heongsam are not often worn nowadays during daily wear as they can seem a bit took 'se*xy' and dressed up. Some companies and businesses do employ them in their workforce. This would include chinese restaurants, some casi*nos, and some airlines have variations of the cheongsam.
The modern cheongsam is a piece of chinese clothing that is considered quite se*xy and extremely feminine. As such they are ideally worn at certain social functions where the lady wants to stand out from the crowd and wear something a little different. There are so many styles today that some could be worn day to day but more often than not, these chinese dresses are saved for very special occasions. Most cheongsam dresses are bought online from Internet retailers and are usually made in China but shipped worldwide. A cheongsam chinese dress made anywhere but China just wouldn't be the same!