Time flies when you’re having fun. Now that you’ve tucked away your sparkly new year’s outfits and gone on a detox (or 2) from all that champagne, it’s time to get ready for yet another round of festivities. Think pineapple tarts, gossipy aunts and a whole lot of family time – Chinese New Year is just right around the corner and we can’t wait.
However, with the festivities starting so early this year, you may barely have had time to think about your outfits – but don’t sweat because we’ve got you covered. When in doubt, go red. Just like how gold is synonymous with new year, red is our colour of choice for Chinese New Year.
Here are 5 ways to incorporating this bright and happy hue in your looks without looking like a giant hongbao, inspired by MANGO’s Bloom with Happiness capsule collection.
1. Tailored elegance
Red might symbolise prosperity, but unless you have serious sartorial style, refrain from going head-to-toe. Instead, choose either a red top or bottom, and pair with a neutral-coloured piece. If your outfit doesn’t feature any prints or embellishments, ensure that the tailoring is sharp to keep your look on point. To further elevate your look, accessorise with ONE statement piece (earrings, necklace or bracelet) and keep your make up simple.
2. Resort glamour
A nod to our sunny isle, channel some resort glam vibes that are a) appropriate for the weather and b) a fun alternative to the usual Chinese New Year get up. Think a pair of fun, tropical printed pants paired with a simple crop top in a netural colour. Finish your look with beach-babe approved accessories like chunky sandals, statement gold earrings or necklaces and basket bags.
3. Quirky cool
Go bold or go home. If the lunar new year is about attracting success, then show the gods what you got by amping up your style factor with a funky top and even funkier skirt. Equal parts cool and comfortable, this t-shirt and skirt combo has just a minimal amount of red – perfect for those who tend to shy away from the colour during this time of year. Finish this look with a pair of high cut canvas kicks, acrylic accessories and keep your make up young and fresh.
4. Flirty feminine
During this season, we’re all about the LRD (little red dress) instead. Not only is it totally acceptable for daytime visiting, it’ll double as a hot date outfit too, if you happen to have one lined up after the sun goes down. By day, keep your look low key by pairing your dress with flats, handbag and minimalist accessories. By night, swap out for a pair of killer heels, clutch and smoky make up and go paint the town red.
5. Casual chic
Ok, so everyone might make a fuss about dressing up during Chinese New Year but at the end of the day, it’s really all about spending quality time with your family. If dressing up is not your thing, it’s nothing to get stressed over. Opt for the classic but chic t-shirt dress and pair with the coolest kicks or strappy sandals you own, and accessorise with key pieces like a nice watch. Just because your outfit is simple, doesn’t mean it’s not stylish! Pro tip: accentuate your waist with a belt, if you want.