Patterns to Wear for Lunar New Year


Hi, everyone.

Lunar New Year is just around the corner so here I listed patterns to wear for Lunar New Year. While solid is always a safe option, wearing patterns for Lunar New Year is so much more fun and it also hides a lot of flaws like wrinkles on your clothes; it can also help distract people from the shape of your body so you don't get 'eh, you got fatter?' questions from noisy aunties.

First up is floral. It is a no brainer for Chinese/Lunar New Year. Since Chinese New Year usually symbolizes the end of winter, flower resembles new beginnings and  so wearing floral will definitely gives you plus points from your mom and aunties.

Second is Toile or Chinoiserie. What is the difference? Honestly I'm not sure but Google said toile is a fabric that originates in France and which pattern depicts a scene (e.g. a landscape that often involves figures); chinoiserie is similar but has a decidedly Asian (specifically Chinese) flare - patterns of which are  usually consists of pavilions, birds, and floral motifs.

For reference, my blue dress is categorized as  Toile while my red blouse is categorized as Chinoiserie.

Last but surely not least is the no fail batik pattern. I live in Indonesia so it is very common to have cheongsams in batik pattern. Batik is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to a cloth. Batik is originated from the island of Java, Indonesia. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. I personally love wearing my CNY outfit in batik pattern. It is such a beautiful way to blend both of my identity as an Indonesian Chinese.

So are you team solid or team pattern?


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