How to Dress for Chinese New Year If You Have No Idea

Elinor Block
·3 min read

If you're celebrating Chinese New Year, then you know that it takes place on February 12. But like with any event in the social calendar, there's always a reason to think about what you might wear for such an occasion.

So I decided to pick the brains of InStyle China contributing editor and influencer Leaf Greener on the rules for dressing for the event. I wanted to know how much you needed to stick to traditional ways of dressing but also how to avoid offending anyone. She gave me three tips anyone can easily follow, but she also pointed out the one thing you shouldn't do when picking out your look.

While traditions are still present, the event has definitely become more modern, so it's surprisingly simple to find an outfit. Keep scrolling for four dressing rules to follow for Chinese New Year.

1. Traditional Dress Is a Red Cheongsam

Style Notes: The traditional way to dress for Chinese New Year is to wear a qipao or a cheongsam frock. Leaf advised that traditionally you would wear this in red. Right now, there are many designers who have been influenced by this style. From Rixo to Attico to Prada, you can easily find a piece (in a wide range of colors!) that takes its inspiration from these dresses.

Key Buys:

De La Vali Pachino Satin-Trimmed Twill Mini Dress ($645)

Saloni + Venyx Taro Button-Embellished Velvet Midi Dress ($487)

Reformation Gavin Dress ($218)

2. Wear Something Sentimental

Style Notes: When I asked Leaf what she always wears on Chinese New Year, she replied that it was her grandmother’s diamond ring. While new clothes are preferable to symbolise new beginnings, there's also an emphasis on family for the day, so it makes sense to honor those close to you.

Key Buys:

Stone and Strand Alphabet 14-Karat Gold Pearl Necklace ($245)

Alighieri The Infernal Stone Gold-Plated Ring ($245)

Laura Lombardi + Net Sustain Rosa Gold-Plated Necklace ($155)

What Goes Around Comes Around Chanel Silver Button Earrings ($550)

Mateo 14-Karat Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings ($550)

Young Frankk Quinn Gold-Plated Necklace ($120)

Louis Abel Aurea Polished Sterling Silver Ring ($150)

3. Red Is Lucky for Everyone But Luckier for Certain People

Style Notes: During Chinese New Year, red is considered a lucky color. Leaf told me that it means happiness, passion, and luck, which is why so many people wear it during the celebrations. But if it's your zodiac year, red is an especially lucky color for you. How do you know if it's your zodiac year? Find out which animal represents the year you were born, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. Twenty-nineteen is the year of the pig, so get your rouge on if your birth year matches.

Key Buys:

Porte & Paire Leather Sandals ($260)

Victor Glemaud T Neck Dress ($417)

Bottega Veneta Cassette Chain-Embellished Padded Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bag ($3800)

Alison Lou Coil 14-Karat Gold and Enamel Ring ($1015)

Ratio Et Motus Lady Bag ($805)

City Chic French Kiss Cardigan ($49)

Amina Muaddi Oya Crystal-Embellished Leather and Pvc Sandals ($900)

4. Avoid All Black and White

Key Buys:

Nanushka Idris Twist-Front Metallic Plissé-Crepe Shirt ($495)

The Line by K Grace Crinkled-Satin Midi Skirt ($63)

Good American Stretch Velvet Midi Dress ($129)

Stand Studio Camille Cocoon Coat ($450)

The Attico One-Shoulder Asymmetric Hammered-Satin Dress ($344)

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK. This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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