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5 Chinese New Year outfits that aren’t tacky

Chinese New Year is only a week away, and we all know that CNY = new outfits. Not because we want to, but because it’s tradition – and we love this particular tradition with all our heart. Of course, if you’re still entitled to receive red packets, then we’re sure there’s more for you to rejoice in this year of the rooster.

Chinese New Year outfits can be quite a challenge sometimes. It needs to be occasion-appropriate – the older generation love it if you’re fully clad in auspicious colours of red, gold or yellow. But, how do we do it without looking tacky? Here are five ensembles which you’d be proud to be seen in, and your grandparents would love.

(p.s: There’s even an outfit for the I-don’t-wear-red individual.)

Serious business 
For those we take Chinese New Year very seriously, this is for you. Dressed from head to toe in Mary Katrantzou‘s colourful jacquard pantsuit, you’re sure to be the star of gatherings. Not only will everyone love the festive colours, they’d nod approvingly at the discovery of flower and cheetah motifs on the silk-blend ensemble. Pile on the good fortune with scarlet heels and bag.

Summer vibes
A loose-fitting, fuss-free, yet trendy dress is a solution for early morning visits. Tibi’s asymmetrical midi dress crafted from silk is patterned with large red flower motifs against a white base. Dress it up with heeled sandals, or keep it casual (yet smart) with a pair of backless loafers. Complete the look with Katerina Makriyianni‘s vibrant Hand Fan earrings for a touch of playfulness.

Red just isn’t the colour for you? Fret not, for we’ve got Ann Demeulemeester‘s “I Am Red With Love” T-shirt to keep your festivity mood in check. Pair yours with a monochromatic full midi skirt and punk-rock ballet flats to complete the nonchalant, yet dressed up look.

Easy separates 
Don’t want to spend too much on your outfit? Just purchase a red waistcoat, and team it with separates you already own  – think a graphic blouse, and flared trousers. Throw the cheery outerwear over your ensemble for an instant Chinese New Year-approved look. Top it off with vividly-hued extras and you’re good to go.

Playful weekend
This outfit is made for days when you’re going to be sitting around the whole day (snacking on Chinese New Year goodies), and would like to just be comfortable yet polished. Gucci‘s silk shirt decorated painterly floral motifs, paired with ruffle-edged leather shorts from Carven, are the perfect combination. Top it off with comfy Fendi‘s slip-on sneakers, and we’d gladly go visiting in this fancy-casual outfit.


5 Chinese New Year outfits that aren’t tacky

Gracia Phang

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