Depending on the lunar calendar, the month of February may have duo celebrations of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. Both holidays are celebrated for different reasons. One cultural. The other romance. Other than both happening at the same month, they don’t have much in common, except the color red.
THE COLOR RED
For Chinese New Year, red represents good luck and prosperity. It also means power and wearing off evil spirits. You’ll see them on red envelopes, decorations, clothing and home decor. On Valentine’s Day, red symbolize love, desire, sexuality, passion and intimacy. Basically, sexy time!
Since the dates for both festivities, often times happens near each other, to save money and time, I put this outfit together that can easily be worn for either holidays.If you’ve been following me, you may already know RED is my favorite color (view my latest red outfit here). You can see why I was excited to put this look together!
To make sure I infused the ideas and traditions of both celebrations, I’ve included hints of Asian + romantic details throughout the look. It was a tough mission, but finding the right balance was key.
Let’s start with color! Instead of going for an obvious ALL red color palette, I went for complimentary shades of bright red, light pink, peony and hints of lilac purple. Love that I was able to find this statement check coat, which pulled all the colors together. The length of the coat and high side seam slits show a peak of the red pleated V-neck dress, in 360 degrees.
Finished the outfit with feminine accessories. Like this pretty light pink circular top handle bag, enough room for red envelopes and that perfect Chanel rouge lipstick. Taking things less serious by adding these lucite pink sunglasses that both fun and quirky.
I’ve added a jacquard obi belt and tied it over the coat to create an hour glass shape. I’ve had this belt in my closet for years and I can’t believe I finally found a way to wear it. Win!
Wore my favorite Christian Louboutin shoes whenever I need a neutral heel. These are my pride and joy and I’ve had these for the last few years. I can’t say they are the easiest to walk on, but I always feel like a million bucks when I put them on. Just need to keep in mind to stand real still….
As cliché as it is, a red heart umbrella was a nice touch. I bought it for Burning Man last year (find dit in this post) and used it for our wedding vow renewal ceremony. It’s the perfect romantic touch to make these photos pop!
I’m excited to celebrate the February festivities with this outfit. What will you be wearing? Tell me and drop a comment below….
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR + HAVE A SWEET VALENTINE’S DAY with your loved ones!
Photography by Jason Tang