Dress right for New Year occasions

Weekender’s style guide will help you to ace your looks, from the reunion dinner to Lunar New Year celebrations to house visiting — and it doesn’t have to be in red

If shopping for your Lunar New Year outfit leaves you confused, know that you’re not alone — it can be tough trying not to resemble an angpow or to pick out attractive clothes that won’t offend parents.

As you soak in the festive atmosphere of the Lunar New Year, take inspiration from our four handpicked styles and look your best for the season.


Reunion Dinner


It’s the season of feasting and there’s nothing worse than having a tight dress cramp your style — and appetite! Our pick is this off-shoulder top with an elegant neckline, complete with the perfect boxy silhouette to hide your belly.

Stay chic with a versatile pair of culottes or wide-legged pants and throw on a pair of black block heel sandals for additional elevation. Finally, carry this cute-as-a-button cross body bag to stash your collection of angpows.

Zalora Collection Off Shoulder Boxy Top ($27.90); Ellysage Serge Buck Up Culottes in mustard ($29); River Island Black Textured Cross Body Handbag ($59); and Melissa Classic Lady Block Heel Sandals ($225).


Visiting Relatives or In-Laws


Whether it’s the first time or the fifth, it can be agonising attempting to piece together the perfect outfit to meet your (potential) in-laws. The same could be said for the aunt who likes to pass comments.

We suggest balancing style and tradition with this high-neck midi lace dress. Match the eye-catching dress with this beaded compact gold clutch, and finish the look with a pair of glossy heels to accentuate the slender arch of
your feet.

River Island Red Lace Midi Dress ($114.90); Mango Beaded Panel Clutch ($59); and Nine West Jowzer D’orsay Heels ($170).


Gathering with Friends


What better time to catch up with friends than during the Lunar New Year holidays?

Keep it comfortable and sophisticated with this jacquard-textured floral crop top, paired with a delicate white button midi skirt.

Complete your look with a simple yet sleek black sling clutch and prance around the city in a pair of classy ankle-strapped heels.

Zalora Floral Crop Top ($27.90); Topshop Broderie Button Midi Skirt ($89.90); Bags&Leather Sarah Black Clutch ($75); and Steve Madden Stecy Heels With Ankle Strap ($180).


Countdown at Chinatown


Brave the crowds in a breezy get-up and it’s half the battle won. Keep your cool in a monochrome classic like this halter neck crop top, which will contrast nicely with a chequered skirt.

Finally, match your outfit with an elegant clutch complete with stand-out gold lock details, along with a pair of black peep-toe ankle boots with side cut-outs.

Ellysage Linden Clear Cut Halter Crop in white ($27); Ellysage Jayan Checkered Skirt in black ($27); Something Borrowed Party Clutch with Lock ($19.90); and Zalora Peep Toe Ankle Boots ($44.90).


By Jaime Chua