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Here's Everything You Need to Welcome the Chinese New Year in Style

All things red for the Year of the Rooster!
Here's Everything You Need to Welcome the Chinese New Year in Style
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All things red for the Year of the Rooster!

You may be in posession of a massive wardrobe every other girl envies, but what happens when a single occasion calls for a single piece you simply don't own? Case in point: Chinese New Year. Maybe red isn't your thing, or maybe you're just not into color at all (monochrome black-and-white dressing gets pretty comfy, no?)—either way, this is the one time a year you need to whip out your crimsons and poppys.

Okay, let's backtrack a little bit. Red is CNY's go-to because it was once believed that the color could scare away evil spirits and bad fortune. According to ancient legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year stems from a mythical monster called Nian that would eat people, especially children. For ages, poor villagers lived in fear, wishing the first day of the year would pass as quickly as possible. Miraculously, a god visited and instructed them to pop firecrackers and hang red paper on their houses to scare away the beast. How's that for a bit of history?

Villagers then understood that Nian was actually afraid of red, but you certainly don't have to be. If you're exhausted from digging through your closet in desperate search of scarlet, worry no more: here, a quick roundup of stylish pieces to buy from easy-to-find shops. These are our top ruby-hued finds for ringing in the Year of the Rooster, so get shopping!

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Miss Selfridge Corduroy dress, P2495, SM Aura

IMAGE Zara

Zara Ruffled top, P1995, Greenbelt 5

IMAGE Topshop

Topshop Tie-waist dress, P2650, SM Aura

IMAGE River Island

River Island Stiletto sandals, P2190, SM Aura

IMAGE Mango

Mango Pleated leather midi skirt, P2295, PowerPlant Mall

IMAGE Zara

Zara Block-heeled pumps, P1795, Greenbelt 5

IMAGE H&M

H&M Sweatshirt, P599, SM Mega Fashion Hall

IMAGE Lanvin

Lanvin Mismatched tassel earrings, P22588, Homme et Femme, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

IMAGE Bershka

Bershka Ribbed choker top, P1395, SM Aura

IMAGE H&M

H&M Suede miniskirt, P1690, SM Mega Fashion Hall

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