It's your first Chinese New Year with your partner's parents, and we get it – you'll want to look as presentable and charming as possible. At reunion dinners, you may even meet the extended family, and it will be another challenge to make the best impression.
On top of being on your best behaviour and well, being yourself, the first impression also counts. This means, what you're wearing is going to make another impact. Some elderly folks are pantang(read: superstitious) about the idea of wearing black on Chinese New Year, and we think it's great to come brighter and bolder colours; after all, we're celebrating the start of the new year in hopes of attracting wealth and prosperity. Girl, I got you.
If cheongsams aren't your thing, we can totally skip that and go straight to chic and modern ensembles that you could even pull off and recycle for other occasions.
Luxury platform Net-A-Porter has curated a capsule of Lunar New Year attire that we think you'll like. Best of all, there's an additional 15 per cent discount on normal-priced items. And the bonus: the estimated delivery is three to five working days. However, items coming from one of their other locations will take longer to reach you.
Lady in Red
Who says red attire must only be worn for CNY? Keep your outfits for a night out during Valentine's Day with your loved ones or friends. Just zing up the attire with different accessories and off you go!
Aje Rhythmic frayed ruffled satin mini dress
Self-Portrait Gathered crepe midi dress
Victoria Beckham VB Body one-shoulder stretch-knit midi dress
Mix and Match
Layer on a sweater or a suit over your ensemble to give it an elevated look.
Reformation October ribbed-knit top
Reformation Overland cropped printed silk-satin top
Batsheva + Laura Ashley Thistle gathered floral-print cotton-poplin blouse
Farm Rio Pleated lace-trimmed printed satin blouse
Jacquemus Cutout draped linen mini skirt
3.1 Philip Lim Wrap-effect pleated wool-blend midi skirt
Playful and chic colours
Keep it bright and bold this Lunar New Year. People tend to gravitate to bright yellows, golds and even flowery motifs. You'll be in good books if you stay away from black or white.
Ganni + NET SUSTAIN tiered floral-print recycled-georgette midi dress
Norma Kamali Diana one-shoulder ruched stretch-jersey midi dress (as seen in Sex & The City!)
Faithful The Brand Khalani one-shoulder shirred cotton-voile midi dress