Lunar New Year is only a week away, and while you’re all busy planning family dinners and spring cleaning to-do lists, don’t forget there’s one other important tradition that’s in need of your special attention — a stylish CNY-inspired outfit.

The Chinese believe that wearing new clothes during the new year, especially in the lucky colour red (a symbol for happiness and good fortune), will help attract prosperity and set the right tone for a positive year ahead. To help make sure you ring in the Year of the Dog in style and with luck on your side, we’ve prepared a few red outfit suggestions for you. Scroll down and take a look at our list below.

Look 1: Accessorise

A monochrome look can be elevated easily with accessories such as a shawl, a statement ring, or sunglasses, and this outfit above is perfect for those of you who wish to look your best without being over-dressed. Simply mix-and-match both formal pieces and casual picks to achieve an attire that’s both stylish and well-balanced.

Shop the look — Sweatshirt: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini / Skirt: Maje / Shawl: Louis Vuitton / Heels: Charlotte Olympia / Wallet: Louis Vuitton / Sunglasses: Gucci (CNY exclusive) / Ring: Atelier Swarovski

Look 2: Layering

Got a statement-making red dress that’s just been sitting in your wardrobe? Well, here’s your chance to show it off. Wear it over a pink roll-neck top for an eye-popping contrast, then tone it down with a pair of jeans. Finish the look with a pair of satin mules and you’re guaranteed to be the best-dressed lady in the room.

Shop the look — Knitted top: Staud / Dress: Khaite / Jeans: Rachel Comey / Watch: Dior (CNY special edition, limited to 88 pieces) / Mules: Stuart Weitzman

Look 3: Go tonal

If head-to-toe red is too much for you, try to work with different tones. For those who wish to keep it casual but put-together, simply wear a blazer over a t-shirt and jeans, then finish up with a pair of sneakers and, of course, a shoulder bag to hold all the red pockets for your beloved nephews and nieces.

Shop the look — Blazer: Sonia Rykiel / T-shirt: Loewe / Jeans: MSGM / Bag: Strathberry  (CNY limited-edition) / Sneakers: Sandro

Look 4: Work with one statement piece

Get into the streetwear trend by opting for a hooded sweatshirt with sportwear-inspired elements and then elevate it with a leather skirt in statement red. We’ve also chosen a choker and boots with flower embellishments and a special CNY edition bag with firework prints for this look, to highlight the joy of the Spring Festival.

Shop the look — Sweatshirt: LNDR / Skirt: Acne Studios / Bag: Loewe (CNY special collection) / Boots: Fendi / Choker: Etro

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.