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Meet the parents: Chinese New Year outfits to wear

Luxury platform Net-A-Porter has curated a capsule of Lunar New Year attire that we think you'll like.

Net-A-Porter's Lunar New Year curation. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Net-A-Porter's Lunar New Year curation. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

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.

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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

S$531 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Aje Rhythmic frayed ruffled satin mini dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Aje Rhythmic frayed ruffled satin mini dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Self-Portrait Gathered crepe midi dress

S$876 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Self-Portrait Gathered crepe midi dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Self-Portrait Gathered crepe midi dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Victoria Beckham VB Body one-shoulder stretch-knit midi dress

S$933 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Victoria Beckham VB Body one-shoulder stretch-knit midi dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Victoria Beckham VB Body one-shoulder stretch-knit midi dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Mix and Match

Layer on a sweater or a suit over your ensemble to give it an elevated look.

Reformation October ribbed-knit top

S$162 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Reformation top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Reformation top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Reformation Overland cropped printed silk-satin top

S$236 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Reformation Overland cropped printed silk-satin top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Reformation Overland cropped printed silk-satin top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Batsheva + Laura Ashley Thistle gathered floral-print cotton-poplin blouse

S$230 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Batsheva top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Batsheva top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Farm Rio Pleated lace-trimmed printed satin blouse

S$225 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Farm Rio Pleated lace-trimmed printed satin blouse. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Farm Rio Pleated lace-trimmed printed satin blouse. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Jacquemus Cutout draped linen mini skirt

S$258 S$429 at Net-A-Porter

Jacquemus skirt. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Jacquemus skirt. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

3.1 Philip Lim Wrap-effect pleated wool-blend midi skirt

S$749 undefined at Net-A-Porter

3.1 Philip Lim skirt. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
3.1 Philip Lim skirt. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

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

S$349 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Ganni tiered dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Ganni tiered dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Norma Kamali Diana one-shoulder ruched stretch-jersey midi dress (as seen in Sex & The City!)

S$280 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Norma Kamali dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Norma Kamali dress. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

Faithful The Brand Khalani one-shoulder shirred cotton-voile midi dress

S$326 undefined at Net-A-Porter

Faithful The Brand. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
Faithful The Brand. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
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