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08 December 2014

5 Tips for Dressing for Chinese New Year

In Chinese tradition, it is believed that fashion influence our fate, that the clothes we wear can attract good luck and harmony. That's the reason for wearing new clothes during Chinese New Year, to represent a clean slate to attract all the good things in the coming year. 

But how do you look appropriate for Chinese New Year while staying on top of the trend and paying attention to custom? Here are a few tips on how to dress for Chinese New Year to wow everyone from your grandmother to your mother-in-law, and most importantly, you: 

1. Shades of Red 

Red and gold are the obvious choice, being the auspicious colours that represent prosperity, happiness, and wealth. Not only do the Chinese decorate their houses with red and gold (or yellow) lanterns and ornaments, incorporating red or gold elements in one's outfit is a must. 

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This rich red flare dress by MOONRIVER comes with a subtle geometrical print that spices up the solid tone, while the cutting is flattering on all shapes and sizes. 

But if red and gold are not your colour, opt for shades of red such as pink, salmon, or coral. Gold can be replaced with shades of yellow too. Otherwise, add a subtle touch of the auspicious colours with accessories such as an envelope clutch, belt, scarf or jewellery. 

2. Traditional Meets Modern 

Mix traditional elements with modern ones to get the best of both worlds. A cheongsam-inspired top or a Mandarin-collar lace dress keeps things fun, fresh, and spring-ready while looking festival appropriate. Go for sleek silhouettes, clean-cut lines, and geometric prints. Otherwise, pastels are always a hit for spring - mint, coral, cotton-candy pinks and blue are dreamy shades and instant mood-lifters! 


This Mandarin collar fit and flare lace dress from EZRA by ZALORA totally pops against a backdrop of reds and golds. 

3. Mix Hues 

If clean lines and solid colours aren't your thing, if you're planning to paint the town red (no pun intended) with loud prints and look-at-me cutting, then have fun and go all out! It's the New Year, after all. When better to make a fashion statement? 


This qipao by Clothier features an bold floral print that makes a great statement. Keep accessories and jewellery to the minimum to let the dress take centre stage. 

4. Embrace Tradition 

If you'd like to go back to your roots this Chinese New Year, try taking on the figure hugging qipao and pair it with modern elements like nude pumps, matte lipstick or a box clutch.  


A short-sleeved cotton qipao is a wearable, breezy alternative to conventional materials like silk, while staying true to the shape of the traditional garb. This peach-coloured number from Clothier is just darling. 

5. Accessorise Wisely 

A handy little clutch will be enough to store your necessities (and red packets) while serving as a chic complement to your outfit. 

This minaudiere by Something Borrowed, which features an elaborate gold leaf embroidery, adds an opulent touch to your look. It is also party ready, and particularly pops against a scarlet fit-and-flare dress with a Mandarin collar and black pumps. 

What are some of YOUR tips for dressing for Chinese New Year? Share them in the Comments section below! 


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