A modern take on what to wear for Lunar New Year


Happy Lunar New Year! If you are unfamiliar with this Chinese celebration, it is one of the most important holidays. It signifies the beginning of a new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar. This time is usually jam packed with festivities but things are different this year. Most of us will probably gather with family to honor ancestors and manifest good fortune and health for the upcoming year. Symbolization is very important in my culture and you will see a lot of red used for the Lunar New Year because tradition states that this bold hue represents good fortune and joy. To celebrate the New Year, I always gravitate towards these bright, bold colors to make the holiday feel even more special. To kick off the celebrations, I’m sharing some festive, yet stylish Lunar New Year looks that focus on the beautiful color, red.

jessica wang wearing a modern lunar new year look with a red coat from luisaviaroma // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

jessica wang wearing a modern lunar new year look with a red coat from luisaviaroma // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

Statement Coat

You might recognize those little red envelopes filled with money that are traditionally given out to friends and family. This is because red also symbolizes wealth and prosperity so it is a way to kickstart your year on a high note. This Luisaviaroma jacket single handedly makes me feel like a million bucks so it is perfect for the occasion. It is the perfect shade of chili pepper red and is such a chic, statement piece to own. I paired this red coat with some killer OTK boots and a geometrical handbag for a contemporary twist on this sleek Lunar New Year inspired look.

jessica wang wearing a modern lunar new year look with a printed red maxi dress // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

Printed Maxi

For an effortless Lunar New Year look, I will always recommend a flattering maxi dress. Lately, I have been drawn to printed dresses which is a great way to pull in some of that lucky red. Plus, chances are if you are heading to a Chinese New Year celebration, you will be consuming a ton of delicious food so the maxi dress will be in your favor! We love a good party outfit that is loose and breezy so you can comfortably celebrate all night long.

jessica wang wearing a modern lunar new year look from diane von furtsenburg // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

Mix-and-Match Prints

If one print is not enough for you, use this celebration as an excuse to step out of the box. I think so many people tend to shy away from pattern mixing but when done the right way, it makes such a lovely statement! For this Lunar New Year outfit, I opted for this red floral printed blouse and a black flowy skirt from Diane von Furstenberg. If you are going to mix patterns, one tip is to stay within the same brand. These two patterns look similar which makes the whole outfit look more cohesive. For extra luck, I also went for these red heels to tie everything together.

jessica wang wearing a red gown for a modern lunar new year look // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

jessica wang wearing a red gown for a modern lunar new year look // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

Red Gown

I am a social butterfly so I miss going to black tie events but I am not letting it stop me from wearing beautiful gowns!

I love the idea of using Lunar New Year as an excuse to get fully dressed up in the comforts of your own home. What better time to wear that beautiful red gown you have been saving up in your closet. Channel prosperity, fortune and health by getting glammed up for the new year celebration.

jessica wang wearing gold for a modern lunar new year look // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

Gold

I know this is not red but you could also incorporate gold into your outfit as an alternative! Like red, this metallic sheen also represents good fortune and prosperity so it is a great alternative for your Lunar New Year celebrations. Plus, there is something magical and festive about this color that I cannot get enough of! Whether you decide to wear a gold matching set, gold dress or maybe you just want to dress up an everyday look with your favorite gold pieces, be sure to wear the color with purpose!

jessica wang wearing red lipstick and a black gown // Jessica Wang - Notjessfashion.com

Red Lip

If you do not have enough red in your wardrobe to wear, you can still get festive by adding this lucky color into your beauty routine. I always recommend a red lip to those who need a little pick-me-up. It is such a sexy, iconic makeup look that automatically dresses up any outfit! Rock your favorite red lip this Lunar New Year to channel all the good energy and positivity. When shopping for a new red lippie, I always make sure it is long-lasting and non-transferable!

What are your Lunar New Year plans?

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