What To Wear For Lunar New Year
Growing up in New York City’s Chinatown, my family and I always loved celebrating Lunar New Year. We were in the midst of it all, with the parade, lion dance, firecrackers, family visits, red pockets and dim sum. It was (and still is) my favorite holiday of all times. Living in Seattle now, there are celebrations, but it’s just not the same without my family in New York. Peter, Kinsley and I usually travel to NYC every year to celebrate the holidays, but with the busy traveling schedule, we regretfully decided to stay in Seattle this year.
With that said, the year of the Rooster is in a week. I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic recently and reminiscence the times when my mom used to buy us brand new clothing for the New Year. Wearing new clothes represent a fresh start and wearing red means good fortune (If you haven’t notice, it’s also my favorite color!). We had to put on our best, like going to Sunday church. Here are a two outfit ideas I’ve put together for the celebration.
I found this “new” red sweater on my recent visit to Japan, at a designer vintage shop Ragtag in Shibuya from Paul & Joe. Since it’s vintage, here’s a similar one. I was lucky to find this perfect red that’s vibrant and luxe made in merino wool yarn. (Keep in mind, the strong wool fiber takes bright colors beautifully, especially 100% wool) I can also wear it for Valentine’s day as well!
Now wearing red head-to-toe may have you looking like a red pocket, in this case I declined that option and wore a black leather mini skirt. Here’s a similar one. A pair of black tights to keep me warm and some cute black 3.1 Phillip Lim ankle boots I had bought from Realreal.
Another outfit option is a silk chiffon printed floral statement blouse, matching well with the red pocket color bootcut pants. These items are both from Nordstrom Signature x Caroline Issa Spring 2016. Here’s a similar one for the blouse, and similar one for the pant. Love that I can separate the pieces and make different outfits with them in other seasons. I’ve put it together with sheepskin jacket to complete the outfit (here’s a similar one) and a pair of green Jimmy Choo “Lang” strappy sandals for the final touch!
I’m so excited to dress the house up with Lunar New Year decorations and get ready for the celebrations with abundance of food. Wishing all my readers, family and friends good health and fortune in the year of The Fire Rooster!
How do you dress for your holiday traditions? Please comment below.