Chinese New Year is a time for celebration, family visits, binge-eating, over-drinking and general festive activities. Whilst this all sounds swell, it’s also a time of stress, panic (what will the aunties say since you still don’t have a child or two?) and exhaustion from back-to-back trips and gatherings.
To help, we want to ensure there’s one thing you do not need to worry about - your outfits. With hectic CNY preparations, the last thing you need is sartorial issues, which is why we’ve curated our top picks for you to plan your ensemble in advance.
What’s more, they’re all available in one space, because who really needs or wants to run around the entire island trying to piece together an outfit that works? Simply head to Suntec City to enjoy some retail therapy and have your whole CNY attire sorted.
For an extra helping hand, scroll down for our three complete versatile ensembles from the mall to ensure you’re stylish, sassy and stress-free this lunar new year.
L to R: Gold Ignot Charm, $729 and Gold Moneybag Charm, $1,099 both from Pandora. The Violet D Monica Handbag, $449 from Samantha Thavasa. Jane Venture Dress, $389.95 from Nikkie. Classic Petite Melrose, $219 onwards from Daniel Wellington. Kendra metallic stilettos, $269 from Bern Sovereign Couture.
For the occasions that clearly require a little bit of femininity and outright glamour, keep things simple with an LBD. Rather than hitting up a super plain and potentially basic style, we will suggest the Jane Ventura Dress by Nikkie (West Wing, #01-368).The brand that is well-loved by international supermodels and ‘It’ girls such as Kate Moss and Tyra Banks, Nikkie never fails to deliver. The sparkly blue cut out overlay is eye-catching yet stylish whilst the structure tapers at the waist for a feminine silhouette.
To complement the dress while embracing the theme of ‘glam’ - stilettos are always a good choice. Head straight to Bern Sovereign Couture (West Wing, #01-404/405) for stilettos that will instantly inject statement style into your bold look. We particularly like their ‘Kendra’ style featured above: Metallic pointed toe stilettos, made of calfskin on the outer leather and lambskin on the inner leather.
For the lovers of a classic tote, Samantha Thavasa (North Wing, #01-464/465) will surely have something to offer you. Known for its girlishly chic handbags and accessories, Samantha Thavasa embodies femininity at its best - womanly confidence with a youthful dash of fun and spontaneity. The Violet D Monica, seen here in beige, is a wonderful choice. Available in a variety of colours, the bag has a functional back zip pocket, magnetic flap closure and detachable sling.
If you’re ready to charm your way through CNY, (and why not), then of course you’re in need of Pandora (West Wing, #01-355). To bring yourself constant luck and stay in keeping with traditional Chinese themes, we’ve picked these two solid gold ignot and golden moneybag charms.
Now, the finishing touch to elevate your outfit - a stylish timepiece. This Daniel Wellington (West Wing, #01-357) Classic Petite Melrose watch features an eggshell white dial with an elegant rose gold mesh strap that is sleek, minimalist and practical. The strap is interchangeable too, perfect for when you want to change it up to suit your mood and style.
L to R: Chinese Lion Dance Charm, $99 from Pandora. Scorpion Boots, $399.95, Donald Duck Tee, $89.95 and Mira A-line skirt, $239.95 all from Nikkie. Crossbody bag, $150 and Anegada Pointy Toe Flats, $190 both from Nine West.
Want more ‘play’ in your style? Then check out this Disney exclusive collection only available in Suntec City outlet. Like this quirky Donald Duck tee from Nikkie, for example. It’s keeping in with CNY’s colour scheme but shows off your less ‘linear’ personality too. Combine it with this black Mira A-line skirt for serious off-duty style points.
If you’re feeling a little bit girly, then skip over to Nine West (North Wing, #01-421/426) for their ‘Anegada’ pointed toe flats which feature an intricately stitched heart-shaped vamp and a chic bow accent. Or, for the girls who prefer to shake it all up a bit, we’ve thrown in these beautiful boots by Nikkie - aptly called the scorpion boots because they feature a silver embellished scorpion buckle.
For the final touches, opt for the Pandora’s lion dance charm, from their newly released Chinese New Year collection, to keep your outfit fun and quirky. To safekeep your red packets and belongings when you head out, this Nine West crossover body bag above, ties the reoccurring red and black in your ensemble together perfectly. Swish swish.
L to R: Violet D Backpack, $499 from Samantha Thavasa. CARA pumps, $190 from CCshop. Striped Top with lace back detail, $89 from Nautica. Arch Panel pants, $179 from WOMB. Fossil Q Venture Touchscreen Smartwatch, $489 from Fossil. True Vintage Revival glasses, $520 (R.R.P $700) from Richard’s Atelier
For CNY we usually head towards ‘traditional’ colours for our outfit, such as red and gold. If you want to nod towards the new year but still want to stay on current trends, we heart this ¾ sleeve striped top with a lace back detail from Nautica (West Wing, #01-371) - it’s both conservative and interesting. To keep your ‘effortlessly casual vibe’ going, team the top with wide leg pants, such as these Arch Panel Pants from WOMB (North Wing , #01-443). They complement the top whilst hiding any bloating post-food splurge. We do like style but lord knows we love comfort more.
To continue in your need for comfort, we’ve opted for soft light pumps by eq:iq at CCShop (North Wing , #01-413/414). The CARA low heel pumps have an unusual almond toe shape - perfect for the working girl who wants to invest in shoes she can wear beyond CNY.
For arm candy that stays in keeping with our geek chic style, we’ve picked Samantha Thavasa’s Violet D Backpack. Available in a variety of colours, it features multiple pockets and zip closure, whilst the outer pocket has magnetic flap closure. Stylish and secure.
We get that practicality often comes into play over just aesthetics, which is why we’ve included eyewear in our pick of great accessories. Richard’s Atelier (North Wing, #01-436) is just the place - a Korean concept optical store that provides quality and affordable eyewear in exciting designs. We love the True Vintage Revival 517 pair. They have an iconic eight-sided shape, which frame is inspired by the very rare ‘20s Art Deco octagonal spectacles and are produced by hand to feature vintage filigree on the eye rim.
Finally, every geek chic girl will love her practical tech - so we’ve gone to Fossil (West Wing #01-378/379) and picked their rose gold smartwatch to complete this look. Powered by Android Wear™ 2.0, Fossil Q Venture is compatible with Apple and Android phones and it will ensure you’re enjoying your time off without missing any critical emails. Yes, we’re workaholics too.
There, you have it! Our top picks from the mall to deliver complete ensembles to ensure you get the most fun this Chinese New Year. What’s more, Suntec City has a spend and redeem promotion from now till 25 Feb to give you even more to smile about:
Spend minimum of $68 and receive red packets plus parking coupon or $2 ez-link card top-up.
They’ve also got some epic events that are worth a visit, including a Chinese New Year fair by Robinsons (from now till 14 Feb) to stock up your goodies and Lion Dance Blessings (22 Feb, 12.30pm) in the East Atrium, whilst in the North Atrium, there are various cultural performances running throughout the entire month from 5 to 25 Feb.
For more information, visit www.sunteccity.com.sg