COOLLY OUTFITTED: The Comme de Garcon Comme de Garcon full-black, long qipao, which the brand rolls out every season, is selling like hot cakes now, says Lani Chan
RISIS Cheongsam necklace, S$250: If qipaos aren’t your thing, meld the ‘90s choker look – which is tres on-trend, with a Mandarin collar pendant that’s a cool new take on a traditional look.
Louis Vuitton brass Vuittonite monkey bracelet with Swarovski crystals, S$915: A play on the corners of the classic Louis Vuitton trunk, the monkey design on this cutesy bracelet is minimalist enough to go with any other outfit
Pazzion patent leather flats, S$79: In an auspicious yet classic shade of crimson, this pointy-toed pump is embellished with a trendy cabochon for effortless, everyday glam.
Francais Chinese New Year underwear box set, S$120: Superstitous types, check out these new takes on red underwear for the New Year by Rue Madame and French underwear brand Le Slip Francais in lucky poker card suit prints.
Tang’ Roulou Shanshui top, S$120: From kimono shirts to qipaos and tank tops with fabric-wrapped buttons, and plenty of retro prints, check out Beijing-based brand Pedder On Scotts for fun takes on traditional dress for kids.
Thepigbakesclay pineapple tart ear studs, S$19.90: Made from polymer clay and titanium studs, these earrings from www.megafash.com are low-key enough to wear every day, long after you’ve polished off your New Year goodies.
Kikki.k medium textured leather personal planner, S$79.90: Combining the Swedish stationery brand’s signature red with touches of prosperous gold, tote around this planner as a chic business accessory for every other day of the year.
Tong Tong Friendship Store samfu top, $179, and bottom, S$169: Reminiscent of a samfu (a traditional light suit worn by Chinese women), the top features an auspicious chicken motif in a modern wood-block print
Tong Tong Friendship Store batik-panelled dress, S$359: With an asymmetrical side opening that is synonymous with cheongsams, yet without a Mandarin collar and in a low-key red batik, you know you won’t look like a walking angbao (red packet).
Last minute shoppers, don't fall into the trap of splurging out on a festive period-only ensemble that you would wear only once. Here are some picks that are lohei-appropriate yet timeless enough to rock every other day of the year.
FROG buttons, all-over lotus prints, full-on red and Mandarin collars may be all the rage every festive season. But for those of you rushing out to stock up on Chinese New Year threads, beware of impulse chinoiserie buys. Hands up if that qipao you bought during the last Year of the Monkey has