Lucky in red…
Hong Kong loves a good shop, so it’s no surprise the Chinese New Year holiday encourages us to wear something new and, of course, something in the notorious colour of prosperity: red. According to Chinese traditions, dressing in red clothes as you enter the new year guarantees good fortune and good health. We’re sold! In light of the festivities, we’ve highlighted our favourite red items in store. And don’t worry, we haven’t completely forgotten about the little ones! Since Chinese New Year is a time to spend with family, it’s crucial that the kids look as sassy as their parents at these Year of the Dog gatherings. We’ve picked a couple of items for mini members of the family to rock too. Happy shopping!
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With a simplistic design and loose fit, this crepe dress is easy to move around in with the kids, whilst also appearing stylish and sophisticated! Perfect for Hong Kong’s forever-changing weather – where it’s not too cold nor too warm. Plus, a red dress is a staple wardrobe item – suitable for all different types of occasions.
Available from Shopbop
Who doesn’t like a little bit of lace here and there? It changes the look of a garment, (especially when parts of it are sheer) and completely elevates the fun factor. This top by Majorelle is a favourite piece for a reason. With a slim fit, intricate detailing and an elegant finish, it’s fearlessly feminine.
Available from Revolve
They say real shoes have curves, and these luxe suede mules sure do fit the bill. With a sweetheart top line and pointed toe, you can walk them off with a pair of denim jeans, a simple blouse and some statement gold accessories. You’re all set with an understated, yet fashion-forward CNY outfit!
Available from Shopbop
Nothing screams Chinese New Year more than the traditional Chinese ‘good luck’ symbols we see all around, so why not put them on our ears instead of our doors this time around? These red tassel earrings are woven in silk thread and offer the perfect pop of color to enhance your outfit on this special holiday. Pair them up with a red bag or shoes to keep the coordination.
Available from Revolve
You can never have too many bags, and this versatile leather bag can be worn as a clutch, waist-pack bag, or cross-body bag. Leave your bulky carriers at home (kids are optional!) and be light-handed – for a change – as you step out on a date night or mamas-only evening this holiday. Handbags were made to carry essentials!
Available on Shopbop
If you don’t already own a velvet fashion piece in your wardrobe, now is the time to shine. As a must-have material of the season, velvet can easily be dressed down or up, depending on the look you’re going for – whether it’s for a day at the office or a formal dinner! These pants also have an elastic waist band, making them super comfy to wear from morning to night. Pair it with heels and a silk cami to rock the pyjama-chic look.
Available online at Sarah Lai
Pick your shade and paint your lips red with these long-lasting metallic and matte lipsticks. We hear they last up to 10 hours with minimal touchups, and we’re willing to put it to the test! They’re called Velvetines because Lime Crime promises they’ll leave your lips feeling as soft as velvet… Also, did I mention they’re vegan and cruelty free?
Available on Revolve
Wrapped in a festive bag and delivered with a Chinese New Year card, this cute bow-clip set includes three grosgrain bows ideal for the little ones. They come in three colors – white, red and blue, and have a gold glitter band in the centre, adding that much-needed sparkle to your child’s holiday hairdo!
Available on Milledeux
Modern classic designs and top quality materials combine to make Little Valley a firm favourite of ours. This lightweight printed cheongsam is made to feel comfortable and easy as your little miss runs about. With short sleeves cotton cheongsams ($380), long sleeves cotton cheongsams ($420) and short sleeves winter padded cheongsams ($480 each), there’s something to suit every style. With so many dresses available, the only thing left to ask for is all of the above in adult sizes (yes, please!). Little Valley is also currently offering 50% on selected cheongsams from previous seasons. These iconic Hong Kong styles are guaranteed to make good gifts too!
Kitted out in little red kicks? With adjustable strap fastening, these leather numbers are practical and playful. Next is great for reasonably priced, good quality products, so these are shoes we’d be more than happy to order online. Ideal for day and evening outings with the whole crew.
Available on Next
What better way for your little man to rock in red than by getting him to wear a cardigan by Shanghai Tang – only the most contemporary Chinese fashion brand out there! Cardigans are truly a wardrobe staple for adults and kids alike, and a key essential during Hong Kong’s transition from winter to spring. The cotton fabric will keep your kid warm indoors and is cool enough to be worn throughout the summer, too!
Available on Retykle
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