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
Zara Ruffled top, P1995, Greenbelt 5
Topshop Tie-waist dress, P2650, SM Aura
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River Island Stiletto sandals, P2190, SM Aura
Mango Pleated leather midi skirt, P2295, PowerPlant Mall
Zara Block-heeled pumps, P1795, Greenbelt 5
H&M Sweatshirt, P599, SM Mega Fashion Hall
Lanvin Mismatched tassel earrings, P22588, Homme et Femme, Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Bershka Ribbed choker top, P1395, SM Aura
H&M Suede miniskirt, P1690, SM Mega Fashion Hall