Chinese New Year Outfit Ideas


Ever wondered how to pick the perfect OOTD, or what to wear to a wedding? Blogger Jessica Tham answers all of your Fashion FAQs in this column about all things fashion!


Chinese New Year Outfit Ideas

Ahh…it’s that time of the year again, when you actually have a legitimate reason to shop for new clothes. We get blogger (and self-professed shopaholic) Jessica Tham (@tippytapp) to give us some ideas for Chinese New Year OOTDs. Here’s how to rock outfits that are cute but comfy, and auspicious but not obiang (aka gaudy).

OCCASION: Visiting relatives

REQUIREMENTS: Auspicious (aka red, red and MORE red) but not too gaudy.

Wearing red is almost a must when you’re visiting older relatives who tend to be more traditional, but how do you pick an outfit that doesn’t make you look like a walking ang bao? The key is to balance a red outfit with neutral accessories and shoes. The added benefit of a midi dress like this is that it’s comfortable (especially in our hot weather) and flattering on most body types.


Jessica pairs her red dress with nude pumps and a classic watch. Grab a pair of oranges and you’re good to go.

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Outfit details: dress and pumps from Taobao, watch from Daniel Wellington

OCCASION: Casual gathering with friends (i.e. BBQ party)

REQUIREMENTS: Cute, casual and comfy.

Comfort is key for casual gatherings, especially if you’re headed to an outdoor barbeque party. Jessica pairs a red crop top with a high-waisted skirt in neutral colours – a good way to work bright colours into your outfit without looking too over the top. Complete your look with a smart pair of metallic brogues, which are both cute and comfortable.

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Outfit details: crop top from Love, Bonito, skirt from Wardrobe Theory, shoes from Steve Madden

OCCASION: Dinner party

REQUIREMENTS: Dressy…or at least Instagram-worthy.

If you need to dress to impress, the easiest way is to throw on a embellished dress in a pretty hue. Jessica pairs her mint embellished dress with interesting pumps for a hint of colour. Finish the look with your favourite lipstick and you’re ready for the night.

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Outfit details: dress from ASOS, pumps from Taobao

Q&A with Jessica

When it comes to Chinese New Year outfits, how do you mix pretty with practical?

Jessica: (sheepishly) Eh um, actually I don’t really care about practicality haha. I mean, Chinese New Year is the one time of the year you should go all out and wear what you normally wouldn’t wear right?

Like completely impractical but Instagram-worthy outfits?

Jessica: Yes, like long dramatic dresses and pretty heels!

Where do you usually buy your Chinese New Year clothes?

Jessica: The usual places like ASOS, Topshop, ZARA and Miss Selfridge.

Really, not Taobao?! (Editor’s note: FYI, if you don’t already know…Jessica is a Taobao addict/expert.)

Jessica: It’s actually quite hard to shop on Taobao around this time, because the clothes are mainly for winter! So sad. (If you’re a die-hard Taobao fan though, check out this article on Jessica’s favourite Taobao stores.)

Got any fashion-related questions for Jessica? Email us or leave a comment below. For more of Jessica, follow her on Instagram or check out her blog. Check out other fashion articles from her Fashion FAQs column here.

Still want more? Check out these other articles:

Lucky Colours for Chinese New Year

How To Make Your Taobao Outfits Look More Expensive

Best Places In Singapore For OOTDs

How To Style A Midi Dress For Different Occasions

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