Huat ah! This coming Lunar New Year – it’s on 22 January 2023 by the way – is the first non-socially distanced Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration in two years. We’re ready for upsized feasting and festivity and of course, fashion of course. After all, dressing up in new CNY clothes is a major part of the fun, isn’t it? And we love how our favourite local labels have gone all out to design the happiest looks to hop into the Year of the Rabbit in. With a dazzling array of matching fits, there’s no reason not to twin from top to toe with your mini-mes this coming Lunar New Year.
Blum & Co (Blum)
Blum is well known for well-cut, well-designed dresses and workwear that are staples in many women’s working wardrobes. This year, the local brand has released a new cheongsam (qipao) collection as well – just in time for the Lunar New Year. These blend the elegance of traditional designs with modern additions such as lace sleeves and bold patterning, all in light and airy fabrics (like cotton silk) that make them extremely wearable from day to night, even in humid Singapore.
Shop here www.blumnco.com and Blum stores islandwide
What started out as a stall at Tiong Bahru market in the 1980s is now a fully fledged shop with affordable ready-to-wear from kid size up to adult size 3XL. We like the detachable mandarin collar dresses and blouses, cheongsam skater dresses, and resort-style family collections in canvas brush prints. They also offer in-house alteration services to ensure the best fit for every body.
Shop here www.firststitch.co | 58 Seng Poh Road #01-21 Singapore 160058
Five family outfit series make it easy to go matchy-matchy for the coming new year and beyond, as versatile prints and adjustable straps give every piece longer wearability. We’re particularly partial towards the cleverly punny 兔GETHER collection, which features cheerful dresses, shirts, and rompers with mandarin collar details.
Shop here dressedingabe.com
Le Petit Society
Celebrate the festivities while clad in vibrant lion dances, blooming gardens, prosperous mandarin oranges, and oh-so-adorable bunny prints. We also love the design details – flutter sleeves, snap buttons, mandarin collars, ruffle hems and more – that keep outfits simple yet striking. Soft cotton jersey fabrics keep little ones comfortable throughout the day, and you can even personalise their outfits with their names in Chinese or English!
Shop here lepetitsociety.com | The Paragon (flagship), Downtown Gallery
Go fusion with Little Kooma’s CNY costumes that blend traditional and classic style with fun and cute elements. There are bold designs and bright colours to start the lunar year with a bang, as well as sweet pastel cheongsam dresses that little princesses will love. Finish the look with a limited edition CNY Ang Bao bag. There are four super cute designs to choose from!
Shop here littlekooma.com/
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It’s whimsy, spice, and everything really nice at Maison Q this CNY season! Inspired by the thrill of shouting “SNAP!” in the classic card game, the collection features separates and pieces in seven fun new prints. Look for little hints of prosperity in each: the lucky number eight in a rabbit’s ears, or a pineapple in the midst of Chinatown celebrations. Sizing starts from six months to 16 years for kids, so your tweens and teens can twin with you as well, if they’re up for it. Furthermore, most pieces up to size 7 are reversible, so you get two looks in one for the little ones!
Shop here maison-q.com (full range)| Takashimaya, Tangs, Motherswork, Crane, Mandai Wildlife Reserves gift stores
The Merry Bunny Baby romper in Oeteo’s award-winning Easyeo design gets our vote for the easiest baby #ootd this CNY. With no snaps, no zips, and no buttons, and a lap-shoulder design that allows for easy stretching over the baby’s head, diaper changes are a breeze whether you’re at home, or a relative’s place. There are shirts and dresses in the same fabric for older ones, and tees for mums and dads too. If you’re looking for something more traditional, the Abundance of Bloom range, which features red peonies in full bloom, is sure to bring on all the spring festive vibes!
Shop here oeteo.co/ (full range) | Tangs, Mummy’s Market, mums club, Liliewoods
Don’t forget the accessories when it comes to dressing up for the new year. Put your best feet forward in über comfy Lily Knotted Sandals which are easy to slip on and off during multiple house visits. Mums and little girls can match in fluffy Alice the Bunny Ballerina Flats as well! Need a snazzy place to stash those ang pows? The Giselle Braided Top Handle Bag will suffice very well.
Shop here pazzion.com | Takashimaya, Bugis Junction, Marina Bay Sands, Junction 8, Wisma Satria, Tampines Mall, Vivocity, JEM, Jewel and Changi Terminal 1
How to slay CNY without resembling a red packet? Think flow-y, feminine, and dreamy, with a hint of drama, made with gorgeous fabrics from Italy, Spain, Portugal. Can you tell that we can’t stop giving heart eyes to Sea Apple’s Year of the Rabbit looks? Take for instance the high collared top with a flow-y tie detail at the back, or the halter samfoo-inspired sets, or the dreamy cheongsams for little fashionistas. The mandarin collar shirts for men and boys are super nice too! For casual gatherings, there’s the Mr Bunny collection in Sea Apple original prints that’s made with GOTS certified organic cotton.
Shop here seaappleshop.com | United Square #01-68 101 Thomson Road Singapore 307591
The Elly Store
Fourteen brand new prints inspired by the brand’s past 10 years form elly’s new CNY range for the Year of the Rabbit. Look out for adorable bunnies, classic florals, and a luxe lace series. There’re more too, for tweens and mums to choose from this time. Keep an eye on this page; we’ll update with more deets once they’re available in-store for sale!
Shop here theellystore.com | 501 Bukit Timah Road #02-31/33 Cluny Court, Singapore 259760
The Missing Piece
Greet the new year in warm jewel tones, jacquards and alluring prints, all expertly designed into flow-y botanical dresses, fun tropical cheongsams, and wearable mandarin collar shorts for men and boys. But even if you’ve missed getting your hands on one of these gorgeous ‘fits from the Golden Hour CNY 2023 collection, we think that everything else from The Missing Piece – like their signature cut-out dresses – would be perfect for ringing in the lunar new year in style too.
Shop here iwantthemissingpiece.com | 501 Bukit Timah Road #03-05 Cluny Court Singapore 259760
For the ultimate in ‘chillax’ fits for the season though, look no further than your friendly neighbourhood UNIQLO outlet, which has updated its LifeWear lineup with new styles in festive colours. What we also like are the new, cool, breathable fabrics that they come in – linen blends, cotton, and extra fine cotton broadcloth – which will help us stay fresh throughout visiting. Twinning with the squad is easy as well, with his and hers polos, matching dresses for mums and girls, and of course, the ubiquitous UNIQLO U AIRism Cotton Crew Neck Oversized T-shirt in any colour. Good to know: LIfeWear offers extra sizing options available online, from XS to 3XL.
Want something fun and snappy? We love the UTme! Collection: Spring Pals collection by local design collective Aaah House which pays homage to the Year of the Rabbit. Exclusive to the UNIQLO Bugis+ and Orchard Central Global Flagship store, these are available from 6 January 2023.
P/S UNIQLO APP members who spend a minimum of $88 in-store or online can redeem a limited edition Joyous Duo Plate Set fom 6 to 20 January 2023, while stocks last!
See more at uniqlo.com/sg/en/spl/chinese-new-year
This homegrown batik brand has three new collections for the season, all with options for multi-generational twinning – so grandparents can get in the act as well. Make a statement with vibrant colours in Wildflower Poetry, or cut an elegant line with the blue hues of Spring Paradise. There are cheongsam styles to suit every body type, mandarin collar tops for men and boys, and sweet swingy dresses for girls. For added glam, the fully hand embroidered and hand embellished Wildflower cape is a must!
Shop here yeomamabatik.com | 65 Ubi Road 1 #01-87 Oxley Bizhub 1 Singapore 408729
Time to start CNY Clothes shopping!
With just about four weeks to go before Year of the Rabbit hops in, it’s time to start shopping for CNY clothes. If you haven’t already done so, get those feet or fingers moving, as stocks for some of the more popular styles are selling out fast.
Featured image: Le Petit Society