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12 Lunar New Year Outfit Ideas

12 Lunar New Year Outfit Ideas

Looking for Lunar New Year outfits to give you some inspiration on what to wear this year?

My family never really did much for Lunar New Year – we just spent time with family and ate lots of food.

We did know it was good luck to wear red and to wear something brand new for the new year, but we didn’t really follow any superstitions!

I’ve actually been calling it Chinese New Year all my life, but the more appropriate term when referring to the celebration as a whole is Lunar New Year, because a number of different Asian cultures celebrate the occasion.

Without further ado, here are some Lunar New Year outfit ideas to wear to celebrate the year of the tiger!

If you’re looking to order in this Lunar New Year, order these Lunar New Year dinners from Toronto restaurants!

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Lunar New Year outfits


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia red knit sweater + black suede miniskirt + Sheertex tights + Steve Madden combat boots

Red sweater + black miniskirt

You can’t go wrong with a good sweater + skirt combo, and it’s a super easy outfit to throw on for Lunar New Year.

Wear a red sweater or red skirt and pair it with either black or gold.

Red is a lucky colour in Chinese culture, which is why you’ll see so many Lunar New Year decorations in red (and gold!)

Just don’t wear white, ’cause that’s the colour of death in Chinese culture.

If you’re looking to make the outfit more conservative, wear a pair of sheer or opaque tights!

I adore these Sheertex tights, which are nearly impossible to break, AKA you can wear them many times.


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia cropped black turtleneck + red leather skirt + Jeffrey Campbell booties

Black top + red skirt

Instead of a red top and black skirt, a black top with a red skirt works as well.

I absolutely adore this red vintage skirt, and I made it the star of the show by pairing it with a simple black turtleneck.


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia black wrap top + gold pleated midi skirt + Aldo knee high boots

Black top + gold midi skirt

Red and gold is the ultimate Lunar New Year combo if you’re looking to go all out, but if you’re not looking to be super bold, just gold will be enough.

You can’t go wrong with black and gold together, and it makes the gold stand out even more!

I’m wearing a wrap top from Aritzia and a gold skirt from M Boutique.


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | H&M floral orange & black dress + Jeffrey Campbell booties

Red dress

If you’re feelin’ fancy, throw on your best red dress to celebrate Lunar New Year.

I don’t have any red dresses myself in my closet, so I threw on this floral orange dress that actually works ’cause it’s the year of the tiger, and tigers are orange (don’t fight me on this, ‘kay!)


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia black turtleneck sweater dress + red Hunter boots

Black dress + red boots

If you’re going out for any Lunar New Year celebrations, you can just wear red shoes as part of your festive look.

I love sweater dresses with knee-high boots, and these red Hunter boots are some of my fave boots ever!

My turtleneck sweater dress is an old one from Aritzia.


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia red blouse + Levi's black denim + Steve Madden combat boots

Red blouse + black denim

If you’ve got any pretty red blouses lying around in your closet, dress it down with a pair of black denim.

I’m wearing a red blouse I thrifted on Poshmark and some old black skinny jeans from Levi’s.

Skinny jeans are functional to wear with boots, okay gen Z?!


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia black cropped turtleneck + J Brand corduroy red pants + black Vans Old Skool sneakers

Black top + red pants

If you’ve got a pair of red pants, you can wear ’em with a simple black top to let the red pants shine.

I’m wearing a cropped black turtleneck I got from Aritzia awhile ago, a pair of J Brand red corduroy pants I got from Marshall’s awhile ago, and black Old Skool Vans sneakers.


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | UNIQLO red turtleneck + Aritzia Melina leather pants + black Vans Old Skool sneakers

Red turtleneck + trousers

I literally live in turtlenecks all fall and winter season, and I love how chic and elevated they make any outfit.

Wear a nice pair of trousers for an office-friendly look!

A chic pair of leather trousers like the Aritzia Melina pants also work, and it’s a super easy outfit to take from the office to your Lunar New Year dinner celebrations.


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia oversized burgundy turtleneck + leather leggings + Steve Madden combat boots

Red sweater + leggings

Having a more low-key Lunar New Year celebration that involves eating lots of food?

In that case, you’ll want to throw on a stretchy pair of leggings for your food baby.

Of course, you’ve gotta wear a red sweater to keep it festive!

I’m wearing a cozy oversized turtleneck I got awhile ago from Aritzia and a pair of leather leggings also from Aritzia.


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Reformation activewear sports bra & bike shorts + Zara plaid blazer + Steve Madden combat boots

Athleisure + blazer

Another cozy outfit to wear: a simple red athleisure outfit.

I snagged this berry sports bra and bike shorts set from Reformation during their recent Boxing Day sale.

Throw on a blazer to make it more ~fancy~ for Lunar New Year!


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Aritzia red silk tank + Rudsak leather jacket + Levi's black denim + Jeffrey Campbell booties

Red tank top + black outfit

If you’re someone who prefers a simple pop of colour with a more basic outfit, you can easily just wear a red tank or tee underneath an all-black outfit.

A leather jacket instantly makes any outfit look more chic!


Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Alpha Industries MA-1 red bomber jacket + black cropped turtleneck + Levi's black denim + Steve Madden combat boots
Lunar New Year & Chinese New Year outfit ideas | Alpha Industries MA-1 red bomber jacket + black cropped turtleneck + Levi's black denim + Steve Madden combat boots

Red bomber jacket + black outfit

If you’re feeling a bit more bold, you can wear a red jacket over an all-black outfit instead.

I adore this Alpha Industries MA-1 bomber jacket – it’s actually reversible, so it can be worn as red or orange!


Lunar New Year outfits to wear:

  1. Black top + red skirt
  2. Red sweater + black miniskirt
  3. Red turtleneck + gold midi skirt
  4. Red dress
  5. Black dress + red boots
  6. Red blouse + black denim
  7. Black top + red pants
  8. Turtleneck + trousers
  9. Sweater + leggings
  10. Athleisure + blazer
  11. Red tank top + black outfit
  12. Red bomber jacket + black outfit

These were some Lunar New Year outfits to give you some inspiration on what to wear to celebrate the year of the tiger!

Of course, you’ll also want to throw on some gold jewelry for extra good luck for the new year.

You can wear a cheongsam (traditional Chinese dress) if you want, but tbh I think people usually wear a red one for their wedding day.

O-Mighty Chinese New Year outfit

A cheongsam is usually in a similar print to my outfit above!

I got it a bajillion years ago from an online shop called O-Mighty, and I honestly never wore it anywhere ’cause it ain’t family-appropriate or even appropriate to wear outside (maybe at a music festival?)

Anyway, hopefully this post gave you some inspo on your outfits for Lunar New Year this year!

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