You know Chinese New Year is around the corner when you hear the "dong dong qiang" music playing in every mall you go to. That said, it is time for you to start looking for your CNY outfits before your mum give you another scolding when you put on your torn jeans on CNY Day 1.
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Wearing new clothes for CNY signifies a fresh start and new hopes for the coming year. It is common knowledge to wear red as it is an auspicious colour but Fengshui masters will tell you that, in fact, each zodiac sign has their own lucky colours for the lunar year.
We spoke to Fengshui master Mr Hillary Phang from Yuan Zhong Siu to find out what are the lucky colours you should be wearing for CNY to makeup sure that you have all the luck and be successful in the year ahead.
Born in: 1936、1948、1960、1972、1984、1996、2008
Individuals born in the year of the Rat are self-discipline, hardworking and quick-witted. Going into 2018, thanks to auspicious star, you will be blessed with help from benefactors. You will see double returns for the efforts put in work, but pay close attention to loss of wealth. Elderly in the family should look out for health-related problems. Reconsider your decisions instead of jumping headfirst into projects.
Lucky Colours: Silver, Blue, Light Yellow, Pink
Try matching pink with red even if the fashion rules say no. Red accessories like shades or shoes can make a pink skirt interesting.
Silver isn't the easiest colour to pull off but you will definitely be the centre of attention for the day.
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Born in: 1937、1949、1961、1973、1985、1997、2009
Individuals born in the year of the Ox are responsible, determined and loyal. Clashing with Tai Sui in 2018, you should be careful when handling finances and doing investments. Keep yourself busy with work this year, as you tend to overthink in your free time. With benefactors backing you, interpersonal relationships will be a breeze. The efforts you put in at work will not go unnoticed. Be humble and you will receive assistance through difficult times.
Lucky Colours: Coffee, White, Blue, Black
Coffee colour is a safe option when it comes to fashion. It is almost a conservative shade so remember to jazz up the outfit by accessorizing.
A white dress with eyelet details oozes girlish charms and your elders will love you to bits.
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Born in: 1938、1950、1962、1974、1986、1998、2010
Individuals born in the year of the Tiger are confident, competent and daring. Going into 2018, there will be many obstacles along the way that will put a damper on your enthusiasm and plans. This will be a tiring year for you; fortunately, facing the difficulties head-on with strength and courage will allow these incidents to be resolved without harm going your way.
Lucky Colours: Green, Red, Brown, Pink
Go for a green dress and up your style points by picking one with prints.
Red is the easiest colour for Chinese New Year, lucky you! A high-waist red skirt with ruffle details at the hem adds lots of feminine charms.
Born in: 1939、1951、1963、1975、1987、1999、2011
Individuals born in the year of the Rabbit are skilful, alert, and patient. In 2018, you will be aided by auspicious stars and benefactors’ luck, but it is also important to do your best in what is required. It will be a year where you have to put in ample of efforts to reap any rewards; be less picky, and more accommodating, set sights on long-term goals rather than immediate profits.
Lucky Colours: Light Green, Red, Navy, Black
Pastels are big for Spring/Summer 2018 and a pastel green off-shoulder in a light and flowy fabric is your top choice.
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A preppy look for CNY to look uniquely different out of the sea of florals. Orange and navy are complements each other so try accessorizing with an orange back, or even a headband for s festive look.
Born in: 1940、1952、1964、1976、1988、2000、2012
Individuals born in the year of the Dragon are intelligent, enthusiastic and willing to take risks. Having offended Tai Sui in 2018, you will face obstacles in what you do; money will be difficult to gather and you may face loss of wealth. Big investments are frown upon and decisions should be made only after careful considerations, especially in areas that you are not familiar with.
Lucky Colours: Light Green, Red, Deep Purple, Pink, Yellow
You don't need us to tell you that Ultra Violet is THE colour this 2018, do you?
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A bright a cheery yellow definitely gets us into the festive mood. A yellow jumpsuit is great for CNY visiting and you wouldn't be feeling hot and sticky at your relative's place.
Born in: 1941、1953、1965、1977、1989、2001、2013
Individuals born in the year of the Snake are intelligent, responsible and intuitive. Going into 2018, you have the tendency to be indecisive, resulting in wrong judgments made. Without a distinct direction ahead, coupled with frequent mood swings, you will need to be extra careful and keep a clear mind when making important decisions to avoid complications in the upcoming year.
Lucky Colours: Silver, Purple, Coffee, Beige
Variations of Ultra Violet are expected to be as big as the actual shade itself so do invest in a lavendar piece.
Not keen on doing a head to toe silver? Chunky silver accessories can help you get lucky too!
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Born in: 1942、1954、1966、1978、1990、2002、2014
Individuals born in the year of the Horse are full of energy, decisive and passionate. The overall forecast for the year is stable, but you should constantly strive to be creative and encourage change in order to achieve success. For working professionals, opportunities for career progression are in sight, but you should always be sensitive about interpersonal relationships to prevent unforeseen mishaps.
Lucky Colours: Beige, Orange, Yellow, White
Try an off-white blazer. But if you are worried that you might look too plain in neutrals, put on a pair of statement shoes and always keep in mind that red lips never fail.
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A bright orange suit is perfect for Chinese New Year. Go for a crisp white cropped top Instead of pairing it with a boring shirt.
Born in: 1943、1955、1967、1979、1991、2003、2015
Those born in the year of the Goat are quick thinkers, hardworking and enthusiastic. 2018 looks to be a rocky year where gossips are omnipresent, health issues persistent, and roadblocks will slow down possible career advancement. At work, it is best to be vigilant and do what was being told; refrain from rubbing the wrong way with females as they hold the power this year. Females born in the year of Rat and Pig brings luck in wealth for you.
Lucky Colours: Brown, Green, Gold, Beige
Gold isn;t the easiest colour to use on an apparel but they are definitely easy to carry off as jewellery.
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Alternatively, dress up your handphone case in gold, or put on a pair of golden shoes!
Born in: 1944、1956、1968、1980、1992、2004、2016
Those born in the year of Monkey are easy to get along, fast learners, and creative. Going into 2018, an auspicious star will be realigning itself into your life, allowing plenty of opportunities to socialise and enjoy yourself this year. The upcoming year will be a joyous one where you can embark on new endeavours and upgrade your skills.
Lucky Colours: Purple, Light Purple, Beige, Pink
Tone down the lolita sweetness of pastel pinks and purples by going for edgier and flowy cuts.
Born in: 1945、1957、1969、1981、1993、2005、2017
Individuals born in the year of the Rooster are energetic, eloquent and efficient. Clashing with Tai Sui in 2018, it will be a year of turbulence and you should beware of incidents getting out of your control. You will have to prove your worth at work and learn to give in at times to navigate safely away from misfortunes. Patience will go a long way this year. Not being overly fussy in contributing, and being cautious in whatever you do will help tide you through the turbulence this year.
Lucky Colours: Red, Yellow, Green, Black
Chinese New Year is one of the best holidays to put on your floral outfits. Dark florals in green tones are romantic and feminine and the same time.
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One of the safest colours to wear is none other than red. Instead of doing it like the others, use red as accessories to jazz up a neutral colour outfit instead.
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Born in: 1946、1958、1970、1982、1994、2006、2018
Persons born in the year of the Dog are determined, loyal and reliable. Due to Tai Sui’s influence, overall luck forecast is less than ideal with hidden dangers and unforeseen circumstances popping up, thwarting plans at the last minute. You have to take extra precautions going into investments, and pay a closer attention to your health this year.
Lucky Colours: Mulberry, Fuchsia, Soil-Yellow, Yellow
Use different shades of the same colour to pull an outfit together.
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Yellow and blue go together very well so consider wearing a denim jacket to go with your bright yellow dress.
Born in: 1935、1947、1959、1971、1983、1995、2007
Individuals born in the year of the Pig are kind, calm, and compassionate. Lady luck is shining on you this 2018! Things are looking up for your career; there will be opportunities to receive a promotion at work. Even in times of difficulties, there will be benefactors giving you the needed boost and help to get through it unscathed. However, interpersonal relationships will be complicated this year, and malicious people will seek to send harm your way.
Lucky Colours: Gold, Beige, Yellow, Coffee
Beige is a very neutral and versatile colour. Try a beige clutch in patent material this year.
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Put different shades of coffee colour together for an interesting look.
New Trend Lifestyle (NTL) was founded in 1989 by Grand Master Hillary Phang. Since 2012, it is the only Feng Shui organisation in Asia listed in London Stock Exchange. Yuan Zhong Siu, our geomancy brand, provides professional Feng Shui, Zi Wei Life Analysis, Selection of Auspicious Date, Baby Naming Services and more. For more information, check out www.fengshuiyzs.com and www.facebook.com/yzs.sg.