Chinese New Year is that time of year where the older relatives are handing out red pockets to the children, constantly eating out at family gatherings, the smell of firecrackers down Chinatown and of course the dragon dance around you at every Chinese restaurant. Lucky for me, it’s basically like celebrating the New Year twice but receiving red pockets for one of them! It has always been a tradition for as long as I can remember to celebrate Chinese New Year on the Eve with a banquet dinner and live entertainment at Shark Finn House – our childhood go-to restaurant for Yumcha and for celebrating the Chinese festive seasons. The dragon dance is by far my favourite part of celebrating Chinese New Year and the red pockets of course!
This year I decided not to go for the usual traditional Chinese dress called the ‘Cheongsam’ but instead mix it up with this oriental pattern satin bodycon dress from Pretty Little Things. Currently loving thin-strapped dresses with the straight cut near the top, especially one with a pattern like this. It was only fitting to wear it for Chinese New Year! I had my hair slicked back in a low ponytail to ensure I wasn’t covering the patterns on the dress. Decided not to go for statement earrings as the pattern on the dress was already a statement itself. I matched the dress with my go-to classic Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and a pair of gold strappy heels from Windsor Smith.
As the Chinese would say – Gong Xi Fa Cai!