1 February, 2016
Chinese New Year, Style

Lady in Red: How to Dress for Success in the Year of the Monkey

1 February, 2016

How to Rock Red this CNY


The Year Of The Monkey is upon us and we cannot escape the lure of those red and gold shop windows and public displays for Chinese New Year. Personally, I’ve been wearing all of my clothes at once this week and have forgone basic fashion rules in order not to get frostbite, but with a second chance at a fresh start just around the corner at Chinese New Year – and a focus not only on a colour palette but an encouragement of new clothes – fashion may just have crept back into priority.


Red is a colour of power and passion, it signifies love and evokes a sense that you are a woman with fierce self-confidence and strength. And it is the colour that signifies Chinese New Year. It’s everywhere, so why not in your wardrobe? Symbolism warrants red as a colour that wards off evil spirits, and it’s custom that the colour pervades fashion displays and is worn throughout Chinese New Year. Purchasing and wearing new clothes during Chinese New Year is also symbolic of good fortune and, if we’re being honest, a great way to justify those shopping bags in your bedroom. #sorrynotsorry


Despite its dominance on the runway last year and the plethora of decorations out at the moment, red can be a tricky colour to pull off or incorporate. Let red be your statement, even if it is in a small way through a killer bag or fabulous shoes. PicMonkey Collage 5Accessories play a key role here too, and brands such as Monica Vinader and Pandora have some beautiful jewellery designs to add a hint of gilded glamour to your festive look, while Rebecca Minkoff has just the bag to carry your good fortunes.

These aren’t rules obviously, just guidelines from a helpful friend. Although I did wear plaid on plaid on plaid yesterday to avoid pneumonia, so I might have lost some credibility there. So if you’re still not too sure, here is some inspiration for your next spree. Be sure to check them out in store and online now!

Lady-In-Red-1High street favourites like H&M know that there is a priceless currency in context and relativity, and so their latest selection is perfectly tailored to the Sassy Girl that wants to celebrate Chinese New Year in style. Literally. PicMonkey Collage 7
They have some beautiful prints in a range of red tones, paired with some statement accessories, as well as quirky pieces that will ward off bad energy and this cold in honour of the Year Of The Monkey.

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Fashion girls looking for something fun and trendy know that Monki is a must! And how appropriate giving this Lunar cycle. The design team at the eclectic brand have knocked it out of the park this year, and used red as a staple to be used with intricate, textured pieces in traditional silhouettes in order to create a real statement look.

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The Kings and Queens of Cool at Converse have taken a totally different and yet very literal approach to this fashion festival, bringing you an Andy Warhol Collaboration x CLOT Year Of The Monkey collaboration that oozes creativity and contemporary culture. And we’re going bananas for it! (I tried not to but I couldn’t resist with that one…)

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If you’re less into fruit and more into flowers, then Cath Kidston has a host of beautiful red collections just in time for your floral festivities! These products are super cute but also practical, and there are tons of pieces to choose from so you won’t be short of new fortunes.


With so much to choose from, I can only wish you happy shopping; and a Happy Chinese New Year, Sassy Girls!

Lead image sourced via Pinterest, images #1, #2, #3, #4 sourced via Pinterest.

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