Chinese New Year Breaks in the Red!

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Think of New Year’s Eve, then add a dash of spice, a twirl of color and a jaw dropping lantern festival, and you’ll have a small taste of what the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration is like. This deeply rooted tradition is celebrated by over one sixth of the world’s population and is one of the longest running public holidays at about 15 days in total. Febuary 5, 2019, kicks off the Year of the Pig, and streets will be filled with lion dances, parades, fire crackers and a special family feast with the edible must-have dishes like dumplings, rice balls and nian gao. CNY celebrates the Lunar New Year and new beginnings. Festive occasions call for festive attire, so what to wear? In a word: RED. Red represents wealth, happiness and prosperity in Chinese culture, and the color will dominate lanterns, clothing, paper cuttings and fireworks. Red is a power color, and the start of CNY inspires us to celebrate the color red too. Read more below regarding traditional clothing, accessories and fashion in celebration of Chinese New Year. Gong Hey Fat Choy!

Clothing :

Traditional

Okay. Tang Suits. You might have seen Bruce Lee wear this piece before in one of his movies. Tang suits were originally a traditional dress from the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) but current Tang suits have more of a Westernized look. Men and women will be seen wearing these straight collared suits at festive occasions like the Chinese New Year or other formal events. The beautiful, elegant pieces represents the calm, refined nature of the Chinese culture and come in a variety of styles and materials including silk, cotton, and linen—all of which are very comfortable. You can check them out here: https://www.dhgate.com/online-shopping/traditional-chinese-tang-suits-online.html

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The Qipao, also known as the Cheonsgam (pictured below) have origins as far back as the 17th century. They appear conservative and are often adorned with intricate designs and colors. If you have a hard time choosing just one style, no worries! There are dozens of lengths, materials and colors to choose from. Over the years, the design has altered to accommodate the modern era. However, the overall style still proudly reflects the rise of modern Chinese women. If you want to wear the Qipao for Chinese New Year, feel free! Just remember to wear with appreciation and respect.

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Whichever traditional piece you go with, go for the red! It’s a popular color and well loved. Just avoid wearing whites and blacks as those colors are negative and unlucky. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/plus-size-traditional-chinese-clothing-tang-suit-red-tunic-men-male-cheongsam-top-oriental-menstangzhuang/32695370049.html

Non-Traditional

For the Westerners celebrating the Chinese New Year from home, there are some great red themed pieces you can wear which remain true to the beautiful and unique style of Chinese themed clothing.

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This lovely floral styled dress from Katrina Fashion with off shoulder sleeves and a waist silk ribbon: https://www.katrina.com.my/products/off-shoulder-floral-printed-dress-kfcny0163-1

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This beautiful red Pomelo by Pomelo Fashion has a simple design yet, at the same time, offers a high level of comfort and convenience. It’s a great piece to slip on when you’re in a rush and still want something stylish and sexy and red! Check it out here: https://www.zalora.sg/pomelo-mini-waist-tie-ruffled-dress---red-red-959865.html

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Mother and daughter twinning outfits inspired by the Chinese New Year. Design from Pazzion: https://www.pazzion.com/edit/fashion/chinese-new-year-style-guide-for-perfect-mother-daughter-twinning

Accessories

Adding a few simple pieces to your normal, everyday look can make your outfit pop! Red is a bold color that screams confidence and command. As a bonus, the hue compliments almost any color—navy, white, tan, and black—to name a few. The more contrast, the better!

Scarves

They keep your neck warm and your options open. Patterned scarves go well with solid tops or dresses. If there are highlights of other colors in your red scarf like white, you can wear a white top with a black leather jacket. There are plenty of options so have fun experimenting!

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Purses

Why go neutral when you can go red! Nothing makes a statement like a red handbag. A personal favorite is the Michael Kors Benning Leather Satchel. You can carry it or use it as a crossbody. Either way, red purses look great and turn heads!

If scarves or purses aren’t your thing, keep an eye out for red earrings, hair accessories, watches, heels and even lipstick. Just don’t overdo it. A touch of this color will do the trick.

Shoes

A great combination of style and quality, K-Swiss customizes shoes in celebration of each Lunar New Year. This year’s shoes celebrate the Year of the Pig with shoes made from a combination of pig nubuch and red satin textiles inspired by traditional Qipao (Cheongsam.) But run, don’t walk, to purchase them. They are limited supply! https://kswiss.com/pages/chinese-new-year

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It’s not too late too celebrate Chinese New Year. Festivities run February 5-19. If you can’t celebrate in China, make your own celebration at home with a few of our favorite recipes.

Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快乐

Xīnnián kuàilè

Dumplings

https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/chinese-steamed-dumplings/82ca9c72-6c14-423f-ab57-01f82b1c9c64

Rice Ball

https://thewoksoflife.com/2016/02/tang-yuan-recipe/

Spring Rolls

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11974-traditional-spring-rolls

Caleb Lummer