With Valentines Day just around the corner and the start of Chinese Lunar New Year, February marks an exciting yet busy time again for celebration and party dressing. In honour of such a vibrant and luminous occasion, I was inspired to create a chic East-Meets-West look to ring in the year of the monkey with grace, luck and style!
To usher in the year of the clever monkey (1) right, I visited a Chinese garden that served as the perfect backdrop to illustrate the beauty of this dress. I love a great brocade detailing for New Years Eve, which is actually why I got this dress in the first place. However, due to the colour and dye it was difficult to find an event that suited this interesting dress - until now! Very reminiscent of the Chinese traditional dress "Qipao" this short evening dress remains festive with a modern and contemporary silhouette. Definitely a non-traditional route from the signature red, I think this dress will be perfect for a themed party with friends, scrumptious delicacies and fun cocktails.
Style Tip: For a ultra glamourous take- add a fur stole in brown or a tuxedo jacket for something more formal.
For an exceptionally prosperous 2016 (2), I paired this mini teal dress with some subtle yet bold accessories that emphasized my waistline but did not overpower the detail or fabric of the dress. Keeping colours to a minimal, all the accessories were in a subdued gunmetal that added a little sparkle and edge. Since the dress is so busy, I opted for no necklace but a fringe clutch instead for some drama in the evening. Finally, I wanted to accentuate my legs with my new Stuart Weitzman sandals in a rich purple suede and soft curls on my hair for an elegant appeal that will surely lasts beyond the New Year (3).
Thanks so much for reading and I hope you will find your perfect dress to ring in the year of the monkey with great company and good fortune. Happy New Year!
Dress: Zara (love this version)
Purse: House of Harlow (similar in White)
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
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