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Still Thinking About Your CNY Outfits? The Instagram Universe Provides

#1: Don’t be afraid to go full red
If you’re planning to do red, we say go all the way. Let your top and bottom be of the same hue, preferably in a vibrant shade. Aimee Song opted for an animal print blouse to give her outfit some dimension, but a solid top without a print works too — simply jazz up with jewellery. Image: Instagram (@songofstyle) #2: Alternatively, inject other colours in small doses
If you’re afraid to don a full red outfit like we’ve initially suggested (we know, it can be intimidating), try complementing the bold hue with splashes of blue and white. Tina Leung’s ensemble is a fine example of how these three colours mesh well together. Although, make sure red is the colour in command — you don’t want to end up looking like you’re celebrating the Fourth of July. Image: Instagram (@tinaleung) #3: Rewear your party dress
Instead of neglecting the party dresses you wore last Christmas, pull it out of your closet and recycle it for Chinese New Year — like Eva Chen in that red sequin piece. Opt for one in red that’s perfect for the auspicious occasion, and make sure that the length is modest enough to not draw raised eyebrows. If your piece is a tad revealing, throw on a sharp blazer which you can lose when you’re out the door. Don’t own a red party number? Bright shades like pink, orange or yellow will work too. Image: Instagram (@evachen212) #4: Go for jumpsuits if you love your CNY goodies
The Lunar celebrations are never complete without its array of mouth-watering and sinful snacks. Since you’ll be pigging out during these two days, nothing will help conceal your food baby better than an oversized, billowy jumpsuit (or, might we suggest a boiler suit that’s right on the pulse of fashion’s affair with workwear). Pro tip: pick one that’s sleeveless as seen on Yoyo Cao above, in interest of keeping cool. Which brings us to… Image: Instagram (@yoyokulala) #5: A backless dress to beat the heat
Opting for a backless dress is a great way to beat the heat without compromising on style. Not only will this piece keep you comfortably cool, it’s also just the right quotient of sexy. The floral printed backless dress seen on Liu Jiawa is the perfect example; style yours emerald block heels and a brown crocodile embossed bag to elevate the look. Image: Instagram (@beigerenegade) #6: Oversized shirt as a dress
Since late night mahjong sessions are inevitable on the first day of Chinese New Year, waking up and getting ready for round two of visiting can be a pain. Here’s a style hack: work an oversized shirt as a dress, as seen on Chriselle Lim. Pair your ensemble with simple accessories, like a crossbody bag and a pair of ankle boots. Image: Instagram (@chrisellelim) #7: Try a printed tee and skirt combo for that effortless look
One of the common mistakes that many make during this festive period is to go over the top with putting together their outfits (a bodycon dress and party makeup circa the ’00s club scene is not a good look for CNY). Instead, tame down your ensemble by mixing casual and formal pieces together for a more quirky edge. Aimee Song’s printed T-shirt and skirt combination is a fine example. Image: Instagram (@songofstyle)