Chinese New Year is the season where your brightest, boldest and loudest clothes come out to play. Reds and golds are particularly popular, as it’s believed to ward off bad luck, and bring in prosperity for the rest of the year.
Men tend to shy away from these auspicious colours, because we’ll admit: reds and golds can be tricky to incorporate into an outfit without looking over-the-top, let alone having the confidence to wear it at all. That doesn’t mean you have to eliminate it entirely from your Chinese New Year get-up; it’s all about picking the right shade of red, and tapping into the power of accessorizing. Whether it’s going all-out in a highly saturated orange-red blazer paired with a white shirt for a daytime look, or a more subtle approach with a burgundy shirt complemented by navy trousers.
If you’re not ready to rock the red colour this Chinese New Year, opt for adding splashes of gold accents instead. This can be as simple as a belt buckle, a ring, key charms or a cheeky pair of socks. We’ve picked some muted gold accessories, like the hyper-masculine Hublot watch and an elegant, silk pocket square.
Get lucky this new year and try wearing these bright colours with our 5 wardrobe picks below.
Polo Ralph Lauren Pavilion, Lot 3.14, Level 3, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Pavilion KL Shopping Mall, +60 3 21426121, www.ralphlauren.asia
Entering red footwear territory may be tricky, especially at the risk of looking like clown shoes. Our advice for the more shy and subdued: pick a casual design made with matte material (loafers and sneakers), like this pair of Tod’s Gommino in suede. Match these with ankle length, navy blue Chinos for some contrast, and you’re all set.
Tod’s Boutique Pavilion, Lot 2.33.01, Level 2, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, +60 3-2143 8808, www.tods.com/en_ww
Gold is believed to welcome good fortune and happiness, so do your future self a favour and accessorize with this colour. Try sporting a bold and hardy “Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold” by Hublot. It’s made of scratch-resistant, 18-carat gold, which has got to be bonus points for a prosperous year ahead, right?
Hublot Boutique Starhill, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, UG15(B) Adorn Floor, Starhill Gallery, +60 3-2148 0830, www.hublot.com
The ever versatile checked shirt can be your answer to dressing smart-casual for Chinese New Year festivities. With so many styles and colours to choose from, we opted for a smart, micro-check patterned shirt in scarlet red from Ermenegildo Zegna. If you’re not usually a check person, you can tone it down by wearing it unbuttoned with a white shirt underneath.
Ermenegildo Zegna Pavilion, Lot 2.26.00 & 3.28.00, Level 2 & 3 Pavilion, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, +603 2143 6808, www.zegna.com
Nothing says suave and put-together like a simple, yet sophisticated pocket square. It’s a small accent you can add to an ordinary suit for a bit of panache and interest, without having to go overboard on accessories. This polka-dotted handkerchief from Hugo Boss gives your evening look an elegant finish, with its modern design and muted gold colour.
Hugo Boss KLCC, C35, 50088, WP, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, +60 3-2161 8340, www.hugoboss.com