1. Rethink you cheongsam and look for modern details
The cheongsam will be perennially stylish, thanks to its eternal classicism and flattering cut. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to modernise your cheongsam. Just like the piece that Ah Jie is wearing now, details such as flutter sleeves and cut-outs help to refresh the cheongsam without deviating from tradition.
2. Bring the West into CNY with your blouse
Jeanette Aw makes a great case on how to wear the Western trend. Her pink floral shirt features subtle Wild Wild West-inspired details like a sharper collar and cowboy-worthy studs. She keeps her makeup parred down and her hairstyle feels more casual and easy.
3. Go for a mini skirt
It’s going to be humid in February anyway, so why not beat the weather and go for a mini hemline instead. Fann Wong’s outfit here is so perfect for looking polished at your relatives’ houses, while keeping cool.
4. Play with layers and textures
We love Jesseca Liu’s outfit, because it’s at once elegant and fun at the same time. Her viridian slip dress layered over a white lace blouse is a smart way to incorporate femininity and bright colours back into a CNY look.
5. It's better when it's in denim
A denim jumpsuit takes the fuss out of dressing up, because you wear one piece and you’re covered for the day! And if you don’t believe us, just ask Rebecca Lim, who’s rocking this denim boiler suit. If you’re worried about the material being too hot, look for denim that’s thinner and softer, as this will help to keep you feeling cool.
6. Breeze through in a maxi dress
Just like Sheila Sim, we’d love for nothing more than to float through the room in a light cotton maxi dress. Plus, the simplicity of this dress makes for the perfect backdrop to your accessories, so you get to flash out without losing your cool.
7. Mix your textures around
Carrie Wong’s mixed-texture dress is the perfect way to add some visual depth and colour without having to wear too many layers. The trick to making this look work is to find two prints in similar family colours, or else they might end up sparring for attention.
8. Smarten up in a caped blazer
Cynthia Koh has a great idea for when you need to get dressed for your office CNY lunch or dinner: pair your festive red pants with a statement blazer. In Cynthia’s case, she went for a caped blazer and we absolutely loved it because it brought ample drama without overshadowing the wearer.