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How It Girls Dress Up For Chinese New Year

Gorgeous as always

If you've been wearing the same cheongsam for the past three Chinese New Years, then you know that it's time to mix things up. And if you're going for that chic, nonchalant look, IT Girls have plenty of styling tips to offer. We did some serious Instagram stalking and scouted some style cues and outfits to take note of when shopping for the perfect CNY OOTD.

Maxi dress with interesting details

Look sophisticated without trying too hard by taking a cue from TV host and fashion blogger Janeena Chan. Pick a maxi dress with interesting details like floral embroidery and slit. Avoid looking too casual by choosing statement accessories such as tassel earrings and subtle metallic shoes. 

Cold shoulder + pencil skirt

As a model and style influencer, Chelsea Robato is often seen pairing unexpected pieces together. If you also love following trends, you can skip the shopping and just hunt for clothes in your current wardrobe. Off-shoulders and cold shoulders were a big trend last year, so it's very likely that you own at least one garment in either of those styles. Just pair your cold shoulder top with a pencil skirt, then match the outfit with pumps and some CNY-appropriate jewellery. That's it; you're all set!

Red dress with bell sleeves and ruffled hem

Wearing red for Chinese New Year may be a cliche, but you can still add your own refreshing twist. Instead of the usual red mandarin collar dress, wear an ensemble that looks more festive — after all, it's a celebration! Entrepreneur and stylist Savina Chai chose a red dress with bell sleeves and ruffled hem. Just like her, look for something that's not OTT — what you want is just a hint of flair. 

Sheath dress in muted colours

Sheath dresses are not just for the office, you can also wear them to events and celebrations if they're in the right colour. For CNY, you can choose brighter colours or muted pastels. Fashion tastemaker Nellie Lim keeps her look posh and polished by wearing it with pumps and a simple clutch.

Sleeveless wrap dress with halter neckline

You can totally wear something trendy on Chinese New Year; just make sure that it still looks classy. Look at YouTuber Charis Ow's wrap dress, it's something that's very on-trend yet looks just as sophisticated as a cheongsam. Add some stilettos to the mix and you get the perfect balance of sleek and dressy.

(Cover photo from: @janeenachan)

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