Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster

Boost your luck with
chic Chinese New Year outfits

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Happy Chinese New Year people! xx

Whoever came up with the English translation for Chinese zodiac signs must be misogynist. Year of the Ox, Year of the Ram, Year of the Rooster… But I don’t blame them. Year of the Cow, Year of the Sheep and Year of the Hen sound less ‘boss’… 😂😂😂

I'm proud of being a New Zealander but I'm equally proud of my Chinese heritage. I’m one of the 1.3 billion people in this world who will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster. 

So how important is Chinese New Year for Chinese people? 

Chinese New Year is like our Thanksgiving + Christmas + New Year all rolled into one - which is why we are sooooo superstitious when it comes to Chinese New Year. We believe if you don’t start the year properly and ignore the taboos, the rest of your year is basically fckd. 

A big no-no is wearing black or white. These colours are traditionally associated with mourning. If you don’t want to start your Year of the Rooster with bad vibes, what can you wear?

If you’re Chinese, don’t feel like you have to wear red head-to-toe to be reppin’ it. If you aren’t Chinese, you don’t have to rock mandarin collars to pay ’respect’ to our culture (Thanks Phil Goff - we appreciate your efforts.)

Here are 3 colourful outfits I’ve put together to show how you can boost your luck in style! (Note: I’ve included a clutch/handbag in all these outfits as an accessory so you can store your red packets!) 💰💰💰

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1. Boost your love luck in pink

Pink oozes sweetness and femininity but it also symbolises 'love' in Chinese culture. Single ladies - catch the eye of your favourite guy with a cute pink outfit! 

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Wearing this silky soft kimono wrap top made me feel like a fairy. It has an open back so I styled it with a pair of high-waisted pink culottes to cover up the midriff area (You don’t wanna showing too much, too soon girlfriend! 😂)

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These cream block heel sandals go so well with pink or any pastel colours and are extremely flattering. To break up the cutesy palette, I accessorised the outfit with a burgundy clutch and the bombest Acanthus column ring from Captve to add a little edge into the mix. 

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OUTFIT 1 DEETS

Wrap top   BCBGMAXAZRIA
(Sold out sorry! Not-so-similar but super cute alternative here)
Culottes  |  Topshop
(Floral alternative here to go with the wrap top above)
Heels  |  Kathryn Wilson 
Clutch  |  Comme Des Gargons 
 

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2. Make it rain in gold

Gold is the ‘bossest’ colour in Chinese culture. Only kings were allowed to rock gold outfits back in the ancient dynasties. Maybe that’s why King Donald Trump loves gold - gold towers, gold ingots, golden showers… 😂😂😂

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Gold represents wealth. Boost your money luck and wear a bit of gold. I picked this top up from Thai fashion designer brand Greyhound Original. The unique folded sleeves and cutout detailing make this top look so chic, with just the right amount of gold so I can embrace the metallic trend without looking like a disco ball.

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I wore it with these MM6 faux leather wide leg trousers to carry the boxy cutting through the entire outfit (These are the MC Hammer pants I mentioned on my About page 😂😂😂). 

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Chuck on a pair of loafers and carry your boxy clutch with you to collect some serious cash money from your parents (or any married Chinese person that is older than you 😂😂😂)! 

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OUTFIT 2 DEETS

Top   Greyhound Original (similar here)
Trousers  |  MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela (similar here)
Loafers  |  Jeffrey Campbell (similar here)
Clutch  |  Charles and Keith (similar here
Jade earrings  |  From my nanna! x (similar here)

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3. Get lucky in red

Red symbolises danger. But the Chinese cuzzy of the Western red is a lot more chilled than a ‘stop’ sign at the intersection. It represents happiness and good fortune in Chinese culture so we pretty much wear red for any kind of celebration - weddings, birthdays, New Year’s. 

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If red is too loud for you, try maroon! This maroon cutout dress gives the outfit a peek-a-boo effect but the midi-length is very family appropriate. Wear it with a pair of black lace-up heels and accessorise with a gold handbag and gold jewellery to elevate the look so you can turn up to the Chinese New Year banquet in style.

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If you’re Chinese, chances are you’ll own a jade pendant or some jade earrings that were passed down from your nanna or great-grandma or great² grandma. But how do you work these old-school family heirlooms into a contemporary outfit? I find jade actually go extremely well with red (even though they are polar opposites on the colour wheel). What better time to dust them off and rock them than Chinese New Year?

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Disclaimer: I’m not a Feng Shui expert! Please read up more to find out what colour suits your Chinese zodiac sign. Our New Year celebration lasts even longer than Indian weddings so you’ve got plenty of time to experiment these colour combinations! 

Happy Chinese New Year lovely people! Puff your chest out, hold your head up high like a rooster and start your year like a boss! xx

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OUTFIT 3 DEETS

Dress  |  Shakuhachi (similar here)
Shoes  |  Steve Madden (similar here)
Handbag  |  Kenneth Cole (similar here)