A Chinese New Year Outfit Guide | APSTROFI
28 Jan 2019

A Chinese New Year Outfit Guide

A Chinese New Year Outfit Guide

It may seem like there's limited choice when a single colour makes up the dress code for Chinese New Year celebrations, but with the following outfit guide we hope to inspire you how to make the most of your red outfit in  way that fits you best.



Chinese New Year is fast approaching. This year, the new moon on which the timing of the new year is based, falls on the 5th of February. Celebrated across the globe due to Chinese people comprising the highest population of race in the world, Chinese New Year (or the Lunar New Year) is more commonly known to natives as the Spring Festival. Every year one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac is celebrated, as determined in the origin story involving a race of twelve animals. 2019 is the year of the pig, which came last in the race.


As with any ethnic or cultural celebration, the Chinese have honoured traditions for Chinese New Year and the easiest to recognise is the colour chosen for celebrations. Colour plays an important role in Chinese culture and there are certain rules that Chinese people and families everywhere abide by even outside of China. To them colour is very symbolic and the colour red generally represents happiness. So, why red? Specifically for the new year, there is also a great emphasis of the colour red as representative of prosperity and good fortune.


Even though red is the colour of the day we're hoping that you wouldn't have to feel limited by a single-colour dress code. And as such, we've created an outfit guide for your the activities on your Chinese New Year agenda, mainly meeting family and paying respects, or even related work events. You can mix up different cuts, and at the very least mix and match with accessories to add more colours to your Chinese New Year outfit. Depending on how ‘red’ or ‘mixed’ you want your Chinese New Year colour palette to be, we styled together three different outfits.



Each outfit is built on a different shade of red and can accommodate for different skin tones, but wearing what you personally feel best in is what’s important. A more muted shade of red, is deemed better for lighter skin shades, and a bright red better for darker skin shades.


One outfit features the Madalyn Frill Dress from Le Bijou in a bright red but with soft due to the silk satin material the dress is made of. It’s an elegant piece that may make you feel older, but not too old as we’ve paired it with the Louisa Heels from Kehati, one of the most recent additions to Apstrofi. The pattern is reminiscent of Chinese embroidery but the colourful ness makes it slightly quirky, and definitely young. Choosing this outfit, topped off with the Gold Octo Earrings from Wyne & Blair shows that you can look sophisticated without looking old-fashioned.


Another outfit is for those who want to go for a red that really pops. The Arum Top from DARA is about as blazing a true red as you can get, and the top needs no extra embellishments or frills or added material to make it worth looking at and wearing. It’s the kind of look you may even choose to complete with a bright red lip, and the equally bright red Raya Earrings from Giwang. The bottoms from Renoir can be switched out with a pair of jeans or patterned trousers for a more casual day time celebration. 


Last but certainly not least, is perhaps a less obvious red obvious choose. Because it’s an all-red outfit, we picked out pieces in a maroon shade for those of you who don’t mind (or in fact, prefer) not wearing a true red. Featured is a pair of WATT’s Novelty Slip-Ons in a sultry shade of red, which adds slight detailing to the Ratel Satin Slip Dress. Put together, that doesn’t make an all-red outfit feel tacky when you stand in front of the mirror or look back on photos.