Chinese New Year is around the corner and if you’ve run out of ideas on what to wear to impress your relatives, don’t panic. Instagram influencers to the rescue. These enviable fashionistas constantly provide us with impeccable style tips that will have you looking like a style star. Here are five looks you can cop and incorporate into your #OOTDs during this joyous occasion.
1. Re-wear your party dress
Instead of neglecting the party dresses you wore last Christmas, pull it out of your closet and recycle it for Chinese New Year. Eva Chen did just that with her wine red sequin midi dress. The hue is perfect for the auspicious occasion, and the sleeves and length are modest enough to not draw raised eyebrows. If your piece is a tad revealing, throw on a sharp blazer which you can lose when you’re out the door. Don’t own a red party number? Bright shades like pink, orange or yellow will work too. Slip into a pair of neutral coloured flats to let the dress pop. If your party frock is black, style it up with scarlet accessories and footwear.
2. Go for jumpsuits if you love your CNY goodies
Chinese New Year is never complete without its array of mouth-watering and sinful snacks. Since you’ll be pigging out during these two days (and possibly more), nothing will help conceal your full tummies better than an oversized, billowy jumpsuit. Wear yours fashionably: A white jumpsuit goes well with a khaki sleeveless blouse, a bucket hat and a pair of white sneakers, just like how Yoyo Cao sartorially rocked hers. Bonus? Since your ensemble is sleeveless, you’ll be able to stay cool from the heatwave. What a relief.
3. Choose a backless dress to beat the heat
Donning a backless dress is a great way to beat the heat without compromising on style. Not only will this piece keep you comfortably cool, it also exudes a mysterious sensuality. Like Liu Jiawa of @beigerenegade who wore a floral printed backless midi dress, style your number with emerald block heels and a brown crocodile embossed bag for a sophisticated and sultry aura.
4. Fashion a shirt as a dress on Day 2
Since late night mahjong sessions are inevitable on the first day of Chinese New Year, waking up and getting ready for round two of visiting can be dreary. One style hack for girls who wish to sleep in more: Utilize an oversized shirt as a dress. Just like Chriselle Lim, raid your man’s closet — or your dad’s, if he’s a style-conscious individual — and fashion it as a dress instead. Pair your ensemble with simple yet classic accessories, like a crossbody bag and a pair of cowboy ankle boots. There, a fuss-free ensemble that took just five minutes to put together.
5. Try a printed t-shirt and skirt combo for that effortless look
One of the common mistakes that many make during this festive period is to dress too ostentatiously. You don’t have to overdress. Instead, tame down your ensemble by mixing casual and formal pieces together for a more quirky edge. Aimee Song’s printed t-shirt and skirt combination is one example. Style yours with a pair of gold hoops and a simple ring to achieve a fierce yet effortless vibe.
Need more ideas? Here are super cool ways to wear red this CNY without a wardrobe overhaul.