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How to wear: Chinese New Year special

Here is how you can welcome Chinese New Year without looking, gulps, gaudy.

If you have not prepared an outfit to usher in Chinese New Year next week, do not panic. We are pretty sure that you can piece an outfit together just in time before the festivities.

Before you tear your hair out while thinking about what to wear, may we suggest these five styling tips for the festive holiday?










1. Dresses
If you love the graceful silhouette of the traditional Cheongsam (Chinese dress) but would rather not squeeze your body into one, all hope is not lost. Look for dresses that have accents borrowed from the Cheongsam for a modern and effortless take on the traditional.

LACE DRESSES CAN EXUDE A FESTIVE FEEL TOO!
Alternatively, find dresses in wearable colours, such as cream, red or white. Chances are, you will be able to recycle them for the upcoming Valentine's Day!

2. Blouses
If the idea of wearing a dress makes you squirm, look for tops with mandarin collars or chinese knot buttons instead.

LOOK FOR BLOUSES WITH MANDARIN COLLARS AND CHINESE KNOT BUTTONS.
TOPS WITH A CHINOISERIE PRINT (CENTRE) WORK WELL TOO!
Pair them with skirts or pants, and you are ready for your house visits! Which brings us to the next point.

3. Brocade and jacquard bottoms
Make your outfits edgier by wearing bottoms made with luxurious patterns and textures, such as brocade and jacquard. These bottoms give off a slight sheen – perfect for the festive season.

YES, YOU CAN WEAR GOLD WITHOUT LOOKING GAUDY!
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4. Keep it smart and casual
Wearing casual looks on Chinese New Year does not mean that you can be excused for looking sloppy. For a smarter look that will easily impress your aunties, swop your jeans for a pair of chinos.

Wear them with a casual shirt, and you may just get an extra Ang Baos (red packet) money for your sartorial effort. #stillwinning

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5. Horse prints
Since it is the year of the horse, why not pay homage to it in a quirky way? Who knows, your horse prints could help you distract your relatives from asking nosey questions about your personal life. #bringitonaunties #askmeanything

TALK ABOUT A STATEMENT PIECE!