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Chinese New Year for many of us is a celebration of culture and tradition and a time to see the extended, extended family. Just as important a occasion as any on your social calender, you’ll want to put your best selves forward during the festivities. Here are four tips on how to bring style to the table this Chinese New Year.

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Cheongsam With A Modern Twist


Left to right: Luca Qipao from Sissae, cat print qipao and red and silver lace qipao from Yi-ming

A cheongsam or qipao is probably the obvious dress for #CNY, but how about one that is unexpected? Niche brands like Yi-ming and Sissae specialise in high quality reinterpretations of traditional Chinese garments. Find cheongsams that have been creatively deconstructed or reconstructed with unexpected fabrics, colours and even patterns. These reimaginations are so chic and versatile, they also work fabulously outside of Chinese New Year.

Red From H To T

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COS lunar new year releases

If finding the right qipao seems like too much of a hassle this year or you prefer an even more contemporary interpretation for this year’s festivities, an impeccably put-together all red ensemble can be enough to make a statement. One way to go about this look is to mix and match pieces that have bold or interesting silhouettes. COS, a brand known for cutting-edge minimalism, has conveniently released new pieces in red for lunar new year. Don’t be afraid to wear red in oversized or pile it on.

Lips & Nails

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Left: Le Vernis Velvet in 636 Ultime; Right: Rouge Allure Velvet in No 5

Details matter when it comes to Chinese New Year, so lips and nails don’t go unnoticed when presenting yourself at the family gathering next month. A classic auspicious red like Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in hue No 5 and, for nails, Le Vernis in 636 Ultime will never go out of style--never. Keep of the rest of your makeup simple with soft blush and perhaps only liner or mascara for eyes. If you want to play up your manicure to the theme a little bit more, how about ask your nail artist to paint on a little pig for the year of the pig?

Oink Oink

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Gucci Chinese New Year Capsule Collection 

As this year is the year of the pig according to the Chinese calendar, another way you can dress to impress at your Chinese New Year gathering is to represent the animal somewhere in your outfit. Whether it’s as obvious as a graphic sweater from Gucci or as subtle as an elegant little brooch, your Chinese elders are sure to notice and appreciate the gesture.

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