We’re almost a fortnight away from Chinese New Year celebrations, so it’s high time that we spring clean our living spaces to make room for greater things and new beginnings. Speaking of new, if you’ve yet to purchase your CNY outfits, or are looking to refresh your current wardrobe, here are the best, print-tastic pieces to consider as we usher in the new year.
Bold and Batik-ful
Yeo Mama Batik Doraemon Batik Cheongsam Dress in Summer Fiesta
The idea of mixing fluorescent colours with flower motifs might sound over-the-top to some, however Singaporean label Yeo Mama Batik has perfected the art of clashing prints and colours with flair. Featuring separates made with batik, a dyeing technique that originates from Java, Indonesia, the label is famed for its range of fun, colourful cheongsams. It also carries sizes of up to UK18 for women of different sizes to enjoy. The best part? Their pieces are also designed with pockets, so that you can stash away your prized red packets with ease as you hop from house to house during the upcoming CNY celebrations.
Kate Spade New York Everything Spade Flower Large Tote in Green Multi, price unavailable
Practical meets oh-so-pretty with this Kate Spade New York open tote bag which has been affectionally named "Everything" because, well, it’s able to fit almost everything! Your shoulders will be spared from unnecessary stress as it’s crafted from lightweight, double-faced raffia, and it features a multi-coloured spade flower pattern that stands out stylishly in a sea of black bags.
Pretty in Porcelain
Jun Couture Ancient Porcelain Cheongsam, SGD269.00/~USD199.24 (society-a.com)
Here’s a classic print that will easily impress the elders — the silk rayon satin dress from Jun Couture is inspired by the blue and white porcelain wares from the Tang Dynasty, and its soft, watercolour-like floral details are flirty with a touch of elegance. For more CNY-ready outfits from Asian designers, be sure to check out Society A.
Pomelo Detachable Scarf Hair Tie in Red, SGD9.00 /~USD6.67 (pomelo.com)
Not sure how to complete your CNY outfit? Try dressing your silky tresses in a printed scarf hair tie. We’re fans of this particular design from Pomelo as it comes with a detachable tie detail — play it simple on off-duty days by wearing it as a scrunchie, or shake things up by attaching the tie.
Love, Bonito Amboree Sash Tie Camisole Dress in Tutti Frutti, SGD49.90/~USD36.96 (lovebonito.com)
This chic dress from Love, Bonito has us beaming from ear to ear with its auspicious, vermillion shade and fun, zesty fruit print. Its knee-length design also makes it perfect for company lunches or visits to the in-laws, and it comes with a sash tie which helps create the illusion of a curvier waist. Fashionable mamas, you can also dress your little one in matching attire as this print is also available for kids. Plus, the design bears thoughtful details such as adjustable shoulder strap ties and inner cotton lining to ensure your child's comfort all day.
Ready for more CNY outfit inspiration? Here are our favourite CNY looks from the members of our Clozette Community.