01 Feb,2016 | FASHION

Ah, Lunar New Year; the time of the year where we start to feel a sudden and strong compulsion to purchase bright red apparel with lace all over it, or anything with a mandarin collar. For those of us who have a natural preference for any other colour or texture, shopping for the festivities can be a terrible headache, especially if we want to avoid banishing our new clothes for the rest of eternity after the festivities are over.

To save your head and wallet the pain, we’ve put together a couple of alternative Lunar New Year outfits ideas to bring you through Lunar New Year visitations and through the year.

Bring on the Prints

If going full-on ang bao (red packet) mode is nowhere near your cup of tea, we’d suggest opting for prints to give your Lunar New Year outfit the wow factor it needs. Take your pick from the classic plaid to loud, abstract prints to make a statement wherever you go.

Post-CNY tip: wear a printed dress or shirt under a blazer for a look that will bring you from work to dinner.

From left to right: Skirt from H&M, Printed Shirt from H&M, Celandia Dress from Desigual

Go Metal

While Christmas saw glitter on all our clothes, it’s all about metallic sheens on footwear this season, with many of our favourite brands giving their shoes a little more shine for the Lunar New Year. With options of sneakers to loafers sporting a metallic hue, step into a pair and have your shoes take centre stage when you’re travelling around town.

Post-CNY tip: turn any ordinary outfit into a fashion-forward one by pairing it with metallic footwear for a subtle statement.

From left to right: Veja Taua Leather Copper White Sneakers from TANGS, 2750 LEASNAKE in Pink from Superga, Basel Loafer from ECCO

Back to Basics

When all else fails, we can always count on our fashion BFFs to have our back. Basics, as the name suggests, are meant to carry us through all seasons and occasions, with some new cuts from time to time. Stock up on (more) basics while shopping for CNY and be sure that you will be wearing them for a long time past the visitations.

Post-CNY Tip: Breathe new life into your basic outfits with statement accessories or layer them for chilly days.

From left to right: Heels from GEOX, Contemporary Denim Shift Dress from Forever 21, Placket Popper Cami from TOPSHOP

For more details about the many shopping deals and activities happening at VivoCity this CNY, check out our Shopping Guide here.

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