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Chinese New Year: What To Know, Wear and Gift 

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Here’s our lowdown on the best clothing and gifts for the annual cultural celebration

Chinese New Year falls between January and February every year, bringing with it a whole host of traditions, celebrations and good fortune. But what does one wear for such an occasion? In keeping with the theme of change, it is very common  to wear something  brand spanking new for Chinese New Year, whether you snap up a new look for yourself or receive it as a new year’s gift from a loved one. Black and white is a big no-no, and in its place is lucky shades of red, positive colour and lashings of embellishment to ward off any bad luck and negativity. Need a little inspiration? Check out our key Chinese New Year looks to make sure your celebrations go off with bang. 

Seeing Red: The Best Chinese New Year Inspired Clothing

 

Red is the defining colour of Chinese New Year, symbolising and promoting happiness and luck to all those who wear it. Make your own luck and grab a slice of the action by taking the colour head-to-toe or just add a symbolic flash to your usual vibe with a scarlet accessory. Top tip - legend has it that wearing red underwear beneath your clothes keeps you out of site from demons! 

 

 

Something Special: The Best Red Chinese New Year Gifts For Him and Her

 

Gifting your friends and family an essential part of Chinese New Year tradition. Whether you give them something small, such as the popular red envelope filled with money, or decide to all out with an expensive piece of jewellery or a glamorous new wardrobe addition , we’ve picked out the best Chinese New Year presents everyone would love to receive. 

 

 

Bright Ideas: The Best Colouful Chinese New Year Clothing

 

Red not your colour? Don’t sweat it, there’s plenty of other vibrant shades to adopt for the event. When it comes to what to wear, there’s only one hard and fast rule: no monochrome allowed. Wearing black or white on Chinese New Year is a no-go as it represents negativity and bad luck.