Welcoming the Chinese New Year in Silk

Xīnnián kuàilè – Happy Chinese New Year!

Vintage Chinese red roosterTomorrow is the biggest Chinese holiday of the year, observed by Chinese communities worldwide. In modern Chinese, the holiday is also referred to as “Spring Festival” because it celebrates the beginning of the long-awaited warm season. According to the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, at midnight, we are kicking off the year of the Rooster.

What to Wear?

Are you prepped to attend a second New Years Eve party, dinner or friends gathering? And more importantly, what will you wear to welcome the new zodiac sign? My first idea was something in red because this color symbolizes happiness in the Chinese culture and is so mystic. But then I realized that silk has also deep roots in China and my kimono-inspired robe is too beautiful to only be worn inside, so I went with a recent street style trend: Silk robe.

Silk Robe a New Street Style Trend

I love to follow fashion trends and street styles from around the globe and try to incorporate them into my wardrobe no matter how extravagant they are. If you like to do the same, here is a tip:

Work with items you already have in your closet. Then you don’t necessarily have to invest in new items every time a trend emerges.

I also borrow pieces from my mom, friends or my husband. I got so lucky the silk robe trend went mainstream and I was able to break out my collection from China.

On the streets of Paris, Milan and New York you saw silk robes on It-Girls and Fashionistas pairing it with white T-shirts and jeans.

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My Interpretation of the Trend

The images from the fashion capitals inspired me to celebrate the Chinese New Year in my own interpretation of the silk robe trend.   yulya_silk_robe1I paired my piece with a Kate Spade New York bekki ruffle-trim turtleneck sweater, my mom’s S.Oliver jeans, which I altered to cropped flared, and Cole Haan ankle boots.

yulya_silk_robe_3yulya_silk_robe_5To finish the look, I threw my silk robe on and fixed it with the Louis Vuitton Pochette, serving as a belt.

yulya_silk_robe_6yulya_silk_robe_7The bright color of my silk robe matches perfectly with the navy military style coat from Valentino.

yulya_silk_robe_4In terms of accessories, I’m usually very minimalistic, however, I do like rings and bracelets. I’m wearing a jade bracelet, my wedding rings and another gold band ring.


See my picks to try it out yourself:

Floral Handkerchief Kimono
Floral Handkerchief Kimono
Classic Long-Sleeve Cashmere Turtleneck
Neiman Marcus Long-Sleeve Cashmere Turtleneck
Rag & Bone Distressed High Rise Crop Flare Jeans
Rag & Bone Distressed High Rise Crop Flare Jeans
Cole Haan Hayes Strap Bootie (75mm)
Cole Haan Hayes Strap Bootie (75mm)
Louis Vuitton Pochette
Louis Vuitton Pochette







What did you wear for the Chinese New Year celebration? And what do you think of the silk robe trend? Let me know in the comments below.

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