Born of Chinese blood -- one quarter pure, three quarters Malaysian -- the Lunar New Year is a tradition my family, dressed in scarlet and gold, observes on a yearly basis, a nod to the ones who govern prosperity and happiness.
Every year, the Chos fail not to dress in the auspicious hue of bright red on 大年初一 (dà nián chū yī), the first day of the new year, and this remains a chain unbroken for the year to come -- though perhaps it may have been dented slightly with my opting of a slightly grungier look this time around.
I had a hard time deciding what the central piece of the look is -- the lace romper or the tartan maxi cardi? -- but decided in the end that both were the focal pieces of two distinct styles I wanted to incorporate into the look; gunge and chic.
The black lace romper, while being a slightly controversial option on the day where bright colors are vigorously encouraged, plays the chic femme fatale, its sheer upper body laced panels an elegant segue for its counterpart; the grunge element.
The equally loud and bold tartan cardigan, viewed as a universal insignia for the style with which it connotes, is one of my favourite newly acquired item this new year. What with my predilection for anything maxi and statement, I was sure I couldn't find anything else to love about the piece until I saw it on the racks of a Malaysian concept store. Its original selling vantage: a modest three-quarters dress.
I am widely known in my personal social circles for my love of reusing pieces of clothing for purposes they are not designed for, such as wearing a maternity nightie as a dress or using a bathrobe as an outer piece, so when it dawned upon me that the button-down could be worn as a dress as well as a cardigan, it went straight into the shopping basket, no questions asked.
Accessorizing to complement both styles, my signature choker and a pair of earrings are thrown into the mix. The look is finished off with a pair of stiletto heels, the fifth piece used to outweigh one of the distinct elements and determine the final overall style.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated over a period of 15 days by the end of which a full moon shall grace the sky and families shall reunite over dinner. Between the first and the last day, house hopping, lion dances and lots of eating will be observed traditionally. Lots of OOTD shots and selfies will be observed modernly.
Whatever the case, I'm wishing all of you who celebrate a Happy Lunar New Year!
Do you celebrate the lunar new year?