It has been said that wearing new clothes for Chinese New Year symbolises a fresh start to the New Year. However, while we’d love to buy anything and everything we want, as adults, we have to be more sensible with our spending habits (#adulting, you know). In other words, we have to consider other factors like functionality and versatility when we’re shopping for a new ensemble.
A lacy red number will definitely be appropriate for Chinese New Year, but this piece’s conservative sleeves and high neckline make this good for work as well. Feminine and flirty, dress it up with a pair of statement sneakers during house visits, and a pair of comfortable flats for work.
Cut with an asymmetrical handkerchief hem, this navy blue number is timeless and stylish — suitable for work and play. When visiting, sling a red cross body bag and slip into a pair of red mules. For work, contrast the girly bow sleeves with a pair of sculptural earrings and some black brogues.
Sporting an array of intricate floral embroidery and a ruffled tulle hem, this midi dress exudes a contemporary version of romanticism. Wear it with a pair of mid-heel sandals during house visits. Dress it up with a blazer when it comes to the office.
Finely crafted in a cotton and linen blend material that falls right to your ankles, this floral printed number comes with elasticated cuffs to create the trendy, puffed sleeves look. To make it suitable for work, wear it with a pair of ballerina flats.
Drawing inspiration from the abstract artworks by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, this ruffled dress is bold, fun and daring. The minute Primrose prints add a dose of ’70s bohemian twist to it, which will definitely be a show-stopper when worn with a pair of cowboy boots and a simple gold necklace while house visiting. At work, tame this bold piece down with a pair of monochromatic mid-heel shoes.
The typical shirt dress gets a twist here with this shiny silk fabric. Wear it with a pair of denim espadrilles to let this pop. Repurpose this number as a smart shirt for work by tucking it into a pair of tailored trousers.
This Ganni dress was created as a capsule wardrobe essential — its timeless silhouette transcends age, trends and seasons. Bear your legs and dress it up with a pair of canvas sneakers for maximum comfort during Lunar New Year. Do the same, but with a pair of black stilettos, when you’re off to work.
Paying homage to the founder’s legacy, this dress is all about the glamour of Acapulco in the ’60s — which is a city that the late Emilio Pucci would frequent during his vacations. Fashioned in a bright yellow hue, this number will complement girls with sun-kissed skin. Don’t forget to tie its paisley printed ribbon to accentuate your waistline.
The unlined viscose material and adjustable spaghetti shoulder straps will keep you cool when you’re busy hopping to and from houses. At work, tone down the brilliant shade by wearing a navy blue blazer over it.
Fashioned with a pleated, fuller bottom, this cotton number by COS is a must have for all minimalists. Its sleek ecru shade will look best when matched with a pair of black elegant sandals and a timeless purse.
Featuring a pleated bottom and a collared button-up shirt on its upper, this burgundy Zara dress elicits preppy chic vibes. Go full on bookworm by wearing it with a pair of white thigh high socks and some black Mary Jane flats. Carry a newspaper clutch for that touch of geeky sass.
Lace may be tacky, but they’ve been refreshed on this Mango satin dress. Featuring an asymmetrical hem and long-sleeve cuffs, rock this piece with a simple pair of timeless crystal earrings.
This deep jewel green dress comes with translucent sleeves that will allow you to play peek-a-boo with your arms. Pair this sexy piece with a stylish belt bag and some loafers for an androgynous approach. Wear a tube top underneath it while at work.
If a vermilion red number is too intimidating for you, opt for this striped midi dress instead. It features subtle hints of red that blends with the shades of browns, whites and blacks — a good start for those who wish to ring in the New Year with the lucky colour without looking too ostentatious.
For those who are rebels at heart, get ready for the festive season in this cerulean blue piece, which will stand out when you wear it with a pair of neutral coloured soles. Finish your ensemble by accessorising with a dainty crystal necklace that adds a subtle glint to your neckline.
If you love to munch on New Year goodies, this dress will definitely be a lifesaver — its A-line flowy silhouette will conceal your satisfied belly. Wear yours with a pair of flat sandals and some statement pearl earrings.