Bring on the good fortune in 2017 with these Chinese New Year looks inspired by lucky feng shui colours – red isn’t the only one!
Here at Honeycombers HQ, we’ve been counting down the days to Chinese New Year. From bookings of reunion dinners, to buying bak kwa and pineapple tarts, we’ve been striking off to-dos from our list at rapid speed. The next thing on our list? Outfits. And we’re not just talking everyday garb. Chinese New Year ensembles are always about attracting good luck (we need loads of it in 2017). But did you know that red isn’t the only auspicious colour this Fire Rooster year? Complement the feisty colour with these lucky feng shui hues in your outfits, and you’ll be reeling in good fortune in no time. Here are our fashion and beauty picks for the ladies.
p.s. Dudes, we have you covered with these lucky Chinese New Year outfits for men too.
The fiery colour is loaded with auspicious meanings – wear it loud and proud with a scarlet mini dress. For makeup, leave eyes subtle with a light cream shadow, and lashings of mascara or natural-looking fake eyelashes to accentuate your bold red lippie.
Suit up for the year’s success with a two-piece pastel pink ensemble. Leave makeup muted, with sweeps of pink shades from Naked 3 on the lids, artfully smudged brown liner and a slick of creamy, nude lippie.
Autumn CPH stingray-trimmed shearling keychain
CHANEL bag, Ngee Ann City
Iris and Ink pussy-bow silk-georgette blouse
Stella McCartney Esmere wool-gabardine wide-leg pants
Stuart Weitzman metallic leather sandals
Yes, we know, yellow is a scary colour to pull off. But it being loaded with luck this year calls for embracing this sunshine colour head on. We love the tropical feels of Innika Choo’s smocks – go colour-crazy with a graphic tote and bright earrings. Beauty-wise, we’re totally gunning towards horizontal silver stripes on pastel yellow nails for dimension.
Gucci leather-trimmed printed coated-canvas wallet
Gucci leather-trimmed printed coated-canvas tote
Innika Choo Vichy lemon sandal
Innika Choo lemon linen frill smock
J.W Anderson gold-tone resin earrings
You’re going to want a party look or two for all your New Year gatherings. Give your gossiping relatives something to talk about with a sweet floral frock boldly matched with glitter pumps. A statement lip will further do the trick. Pat gold pigment on top of freshly-applied matte purple lipstick for a makeup look to remember.
Charlotte Chesnais gold-dripped rings via NET-A-PORTER.COM
Dinosaur Designs orchid gold-tone bangle
Dinosaur Designs orchid resin bracelet
Jimmy Choo Vicky glittered leather pumps
Jimmy Choo candy printed acrylic clutch
Marni printed cotton and silk-blend dress
Greet the new year in style (and outshine everyone else) with an eye-catching printed maxi paired with a sleek emerald bag and tropical-inspired earrings for maximum contrast. If you’re up for a real beauty risk this year, put down your usual black or brown eyeliners – bright, bold liners are the best way to make your eyes pop with minimal effort. Keep eyes neutral with cream and brown eyeshadows, before gliding on a thin line of pink liner. Brow pomade will keep arches in shape to better frame those peepers.
Diane Von Furstenberg Camila printed silk-chiffon maxi dress
Marc Jacobs pineapple burnished gold-tone, Swarovski crystal and enamel earrings
Marni pocket two-tone leather shoulder
Monica Vinader A-Z Alphabet Letter rose gold vermeil pendants
Rochas Mary-Jane skimmers, Pedder on Scotts
There’s nothing quite as alluring as a perennially chic cheongsam – add a modern touch with a cardigan (sleeves rolled, of course) and sneakers. Pay homage to the festive hue with fruity-coloured digits: OPI’s “Is Mai Tai Crooked?” is a punchy orange cream finished polish, perfect for nail art with silver polish so they’ll pop when the light hits.