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Lunar New Year is one of the most important traditional festivals for Chinese people around the world. It is an important time for families to gather and also a time to wish for good luck.
People eat special food, wear their best clothes and send wishes to their families, relatives and friends.
Chinese people's living standards keep rising and it is not difficult for most to buy new clothes, yet what kind of clothes to wear during this traditional festival is the key.
As the festival is a time to meet those we haven't seen for almost a year, a nice and clean look is necessary for such meetings. Nobody wants to look shabby during this most important festival.
Here are some tips about how to prepare your wardrobe for the festival, which is a combination of Chinese traditions and 2018 fashion trends.
Then, picture yourself in new clothes from head to toe - isn't that a good start for a new year?
Two most recommended colors: red and purple
For any special festival, the color of your clothes and shoes is the first thing to consider.
There is a Chinese idiom, da hong da zi, literally translated as, big red and big purple, which means "becoming very famous". This idiom could be a reference when you choose colors for the coming Lunar New Year.
For one thing, red is the most beloved and preferred color for spring festival in traditional Chinese culture. Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) even had a red costume for special festivals.
In ancient China, it was believed that women looked best in red. Thus red was always a fashionable choice among ancient Chinese women.
One of their red dresses, shi liu qun, a kind of dress in the color of a pomegranate flower, even became a reference to women's beauty and charm.
And the tone still will be one of the most fashionable colors in 2018, as leading international brands, including Max Mara, used a lot of red in their new products.
In the purple spectrum, Ultra Violet was announced as the color of 2018 by the world-renowned Pantone Color Institute. Its darker sister, purple, also is an auspicious color in traditional Chinese culture.
Purple is a beloved color of royals; you can try this color during the Lunar New Year, if you want to look more posh.
Add 2018 fashion trends in your wardrobe
When you make up your mind on colors, then it's time to prepare the basics and other items. Below are some 2018 fashion trends that can delight during Lunar New Year.
If you want to be the shining one among your relatives during those get-togethers, sequins are a must-have. You can try some clothes decorated with a small amount of sequins, or just carry a sequined bag. For such a traditional festival, remember to avoid too many sequins. They should be a shimmering accent to highlight your ensemble, rather than making you look like a bright bulb.
As one of the most fashionable fabrics in last winter, velvet would be a nice choice for Chinese Lunar New Year, a festival of the cold season. The material can add a touch of luxury to any items made from it, echoing the festive atmosphere when everyone wishes for good luck.
Many supermodels and fashion bloggers shifted to red shoes recently. For the festival, a pair of red or burgundy velvet ankle boots can go with most of your wardrobe.
If you are a not fan of pure red or purple, one of 2018's spring and summer trends, checks can save you during the festival. There are many clothes with check patterns based on red. Recently, one popular way is to wear a check shirt between a sweater and overcoat. You can try it on your way home. Be fashionable, even when you are at an airport or train station.
To wear a pair of these shoes at gatherings during the lunar New Year sounds like something romantic will happen. So why not give this 2018 fashion trend a try when you go back home and meet your old friends or school mates? Let them see how charming you have become. And maybe you will meet your Prince Charming.
Animal shaped accessories
Among the various fashionable trends for this spring and summer, one is animal-shaped earrings and necklaces. Such catchy accessories are born for parties and festivals. As Chinese Lunar New Year is identified to the 12 zodiac animals, you can try those accessories in the shape of your zodiac animals or one for the upcoming Year of the Dog.
For Dog Year people
In addition, for those who were born in the Year of the Dog, this Lunar New Year will be their special time. It is called ben ming nian, a year which will be full of challenges, according to traditional beliefs. In traditional Chinese culture, Dog Year people, even babies and young children, should wear red underwear, red socks and red belts to have a smooth and peaceful year.（news from chinadaily）