Chinese New Year Red: How to Style the Year of the Horse

The Chinese do New Year’s celebrations right — with colorful parades, amazing firework displays, and a party that lasts about 15 days until the last full moon rises. Traditionally, you would wear a cheongsam — a fitted silk dress with a high neck and collar — but don’t think you have to wear that same dress year after year. In fact, now is the perfect time to add a little red (and gold!) to your closet — items that you can wear for the rest of the year, too! You can’t go wrong in choosing red and gold for the Chinese New Year. Red represents good fortune in Chinese culture, which is why it’s traditionally worn during wedding ceremonies to chase away bad luck. Meanwhile, gold symbolizes wealth and happiness!

In this round-up, we’ve got fancy chiffon dresses and glittery gold flats if you’re headed to a fancy party. If you’re just heading out to watch the parades, try a simple skater dress with pumps in the traditional, celebratory colors.

Click through to see the best ways to wear red for the year of the horse!

  • Flowy and Fancy in Chiffon 1 of 9
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    Celebrate in style with this gorgeous, flowing chiffon dress. The cut-out sleeves show off just the right amount of skin, while keeping your look chic and sophisticated. 

    Get it for $69 from Urban Outfitters

  • Versatile Red Skirt 2 of 9
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    This classic red skirt is perfect for the New Year, and you're sure to wear it many times in the months to come. A definite wardrobe staple that will go with just about any blouse! (Though steer clear of black during Chinese New Year; it can represent bad luck!)

    Get it for $22.80 from Forever 21

  • Classy Tie Blouse 3 of 9
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    Choose a festive top to pair with the bottom of your choice — a gold skirt would be gorgeous! This blouse is great for both work and play. You can dress it up and down.

    Get it for $19.80 from Forever 21

  • Skater Dress for the Casual Crowd 4 of 9
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    You don't have to wear something fancy! Keep it casual with a skater dress, and accessorize with gold and green -- both represent good luck for the coming year. 

    Get it for $19.99 from Target

  • Stunning Studded Red Pumps 5 of 9
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    I love any excuse to buy a new pair of heels. Is there a better way to ring in the New Year than with a new pair of red pumps? The gold studs on this pair are absolutely fabulous!

    Get them for $25.48 from Target

  • Lucky Gold Flats 6 of 9
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    Gold represents good luck and pairs so perfectly with your red ensemble! These flats are the perfect combo of flash AND comfort.

    Get them for $17.99 from Target

  • Gold and Red Cross-Body Bag for Good Luck 7 of 9
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    Accessorize in style with this totally cute and practical cross-body leather bag. You can never have too many colorful accessories in your closet for that pop of color!

    Get it for $26.99 from Target

  • Lucky Horse Necklace 8 of 9
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    Ring in the Year of the Horse with a cute gold horse necklace! 

    Get it for $2.80 from Forever 21

  • Year of the Horse Ring 9 of 9
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    ... Or try a more subtle approach, and represent the coming months with this mini horse ring! 

    Get it for $3.80 from Forever 21

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