Huat did you wear for the first day of the Chinese New Year? Many of us were out rocking our festive best (with #cnyootds to show for it). But the celebrations aren’t over – it’s only been one day! Need outfit inspiration for the CNY gatherings and celebrations you have coming up? Why not steal ideas from the stars? Here’s what the local personalities and celebs wore for the first day of CNY (we’ll be updating this space for Day 2!).
Fann Wong and Christopher Lee
Fann Wong, Christopher Lee and their son Zed ushered in the Lunar New Year with auspicious shades of red and orange. If looking glamorous is your goal this CNY, take a leaf out of Fann’s book, and be inspired by her sequinned look. The orange toga dress from Valentino balances the right amount of sexy and elegance and doesn’t look inappropriate or over-the-top. Christopher went for a casual look with a collared tee and a white cap, while Zed couldn’t look more appropriately dressed for the Year of the Dragon with vibrant motifs of the zodiac creature splashed across his outfit.
Festive Chinese New Year outfits can be laidback and comfy too. Take your cue from local actress Yvonne Lim, her Taiwanese boyband member-turned-businessman husband Alex Tien, and their two kids who rocked pullovers and raglan tees with auspicious sayings.
Here’s how you can pull off a family fit without wearing the same print. Influencer and entrepreneur Drea Chong’s family went for a green palette in different tones, with her in a checkered green cheongsam from her clothing label Good Addition, while her husband sported a darker green shirt. Her sons Ezra and Elia both wore green patterned shirts.
Drea Chong (Day 2)
Drea carried on her chequered green theme for her Day 2 outfit (and with husband Imran sporting green, again too.) This time round, she wore a skort romper, also from her brand, Good Addition. We love the choice of romper because it makes it easier to run around while you’re out visiting and taking care of the kids.
Tay Kewei and Alfred Sim
Singers Tay Kewei and Alfred Sim went for a cute Mum and Dad moment in pastel pink, while their sons Momo, Xiao Pian Pian and Qiuqiu wore matching pale yellow outfits.
Hong Ling and Nick Teo
It’s actors Hong Ling and Nick Teo’s first Chinese New Year as a married couple! The lovebirds, who tied the knot just a few months ago in December, twinned in a casual chic look, sporting red T-shirts and light blue jeans.
Melissa Koh (Day 1)
Gotta love Melissa’s CNY outfit choice of gold cheongsam, which not only looks huat, but also glamorous. The balloon sleeves further up the glam factor. She colour-coordinated with her husband James, who
also wore a traditional outfit in a similar colour family. The kids look adorable in red traditional outfits, too!
Melissa Koh (Day 2)
Melissa might have gone full-on glam with her gold cheongsam for Day 1, but she took things a notch down for Day 2. She and hubby were decked out in couple wear from local brand The Paper Bunny. While
she donned the Resort Pants in cream, her husband wore the shirt counterpart. If only they made it for kids – her family would have all been matchy!
Jaime Teo (Day 1)
There’s no better time to wear a cheongsam than CNY. Jaime Teo rocked a pale yellow cheongsam
with floral details that give off vintage vibes, pairing it with a braided ‘do. Can we also talk about the cute earrings she donned? She proves that accessories do complete one’s look! Her daughter Renee also wore a cheongsam in pastel blue. We love a mother-daughter twinning moment!
Jaime Teo (Day 2)
Jaime went from vintage vibes to modern cool — her outfit choice for the second day of the Lunar New Year was a figure-skimming dark blue floral lace dress, which she paired with another cute pair of earrings and a sophisticated half updo. Her daughter opted for a similar colour tone as she did the previous day, but chose a cheongsam with poufy sleeves this time.
Why stop at twinning with the husband or children, when you can be matchy with your whole
family, including fur kids? We can’t get over how veteran actress Chen Xiuhuan wore the same fabric in different styles with her daughters and their dogs. We’re stealing this adorable idea for the next Lunar New Year!
Joining the cheongsam crew is Felicia, who donned a blue outfit.The actress did an Instagram reel Q&A with her husband Jeffrey Xu, and revealed that their outfits were from their friends’ fashion labels. Jeffrey also said they had never worn traditional outfits for CNY prior to this. They look fab, though.
Velda Tan (Day 1)
If you find red a bit too loud for your personality, consider going for a pink dress like Velda Tan. The
Collate the Label founder wore a cute pastel pink number with a giant bow detail on one shoulder.
She paired this with a pair of heels with bow details, and we can’t get over how pretty this whole
Velda Tan (Day 2)
Velda did a 180 with her second-day look! While she went for a sweet pink dress with a giant bow for the first day, her second outfit was a vibrant floral co-ord to get her ready for games night. This comfy fit is such a great idea for gatherings with friends, and the auspicious floral print’s great for bringing in all the luck for games!
Not a fan of red, pink, and gold for CNY? Why not opt for a green palette, like Rachel Lim? The Love, Bonito founder wore a green strapless dress with strappy heels as her CNY outfit. Despite its simple silhouette, the dress is effortlessly chic with intricate lace detailing and an eye-catching green hue. Definitely a great choice for new mamas who prefer a fuss-free outfit without worrying about your little one tugging on any ruffles or loose embellishments.
Rachel Lim (Day 2)
Making the case yet again for chic simplicity, Rachel wore a flowy red pleated dress, matching it with a pair of sandals that would make it easy to slip on and off while visiting. Her husband and son donned similar white berms as well as matching floral shirts in different colours, both from Love, Bonito.
What’s more huat than a red outfit? Rui En increased the huat factor by accessorising her simple dress with gold bracelets. From her Instagram post’s geotag, it seems the actress is spending the Lunar New ear in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Actress Carrie Wong truly dressed to impress this year with her choice of red dress, with matching gloves, from Los Angeles based luxury fashion brand. You might find this a bit too glamorous for house visits, but you can always KIV this for CNY parties (or Christmas parties) or any more dressy event, really.
Want to make a statement with your outfit this CNY, but don’t fancy sequins? Opt for power sleeves, like Yasmine. The radio personality wore a toga top with balloon sleeve, with a ribbon wrapover detail. She paired this with red bottoms, to maximise the huat factor. We love!