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What to wear this Lunar New Year inspired by your zodiac sign

Welcome to the year of the tiger. Lunar New Year is a time of change and new beginnings, and this includes your wardrobe. During the 15-day long festival, starting from the 1st of February, the tradition of wearing new clothes, in red and other bright hues is believed to usher in good luck whilst warding away spirits of bad fortune.

Another notable feature of the festivities is the Chinese zodiac. Based on a 12-year cycle, each year is represented by a different animal sign, with those born under it taking on the positive (and sometimes not so positive!) personality traits associated.

Whether you’re attending your family reunion dinner or have been invited to join the festivities by a friend, we've rounded up our top fashion tips for finding that perfect look for the celebrations, inspired by the zodiac.

1. Rat

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Industrious and ambitious, people born in the year of the rat are optimistic, energetic and likable by all. They are flawless entertainers, hosts and decorators. They tend to be obsessed with creating security and never truly stop worrying. Imaginative and curious, they like to explore new fashion-forward styles when updating their wardrobe. Think refined pieces, perfect for entertaining like pointed kitten-heels, a midi length skirt and a colourful, crisp blouse. Find these at Glassons, Country Road or Max.


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2. Ox

1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Oxen are known for diligence, dependability, strength and determination. Lean on an Ox in times of need because they love to be there for others. These individuals are rock-solid family members and lifelong friends. Having an honest and steadfast nature, Oxen will be drawn to the practicality of a two-piece pant set, sensible yet chic flats and classic stud earrings. Find these at Pandora, Walker & Hall, Jay Jays or Amazon.

3. Tiger

1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
2022 is the year of the Tiger. Tigers are brave, competitive, unpredictable, and self-confident. They are very charming and well-liked by others, often the leaders in their circle. Never shying away from a challenge, Tigers are more likely to opt for bold styles to put on a show. Think a sequined party dress or top, stacked heels and statement earrings. Find these at Max, Forever New, Dotti, Lovisa, Mi Piaci and Michael Hill.

4. Rabbit

1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
The Rabbit is the soul of grace and sound advice. People born under this sign will lead a tranquil life, as they avoid drama as much as possible. Serene and ethereal, Rabbits have a softness to their auras, much like cuddly bunnies. These sweet souls can be a little mysterious at times and keep their emotions private but have kind hearts whose true strength is to help heal others. Rabbits will be drawn to delicate fabrics such as silks, chiffon and broderies anglaise. Think relaxed slip dresses and pyjama-inspired sets, paired with elegant jewellery like tennis bracelets and pearls. Find these at Swarovski, Country Road, Goldmark, Farmers or Stewart Dawsons.


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5. Dragon

1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
The mighty and magnificent Dragon of ancient myth never ceases to enchant us. Powerful and mystical, Dragons are also the only non-animal sign of the Chinese zodiac. They are often misunderstood, even feared. Dragons are full of energy and strength, living their life through a blaze of colours. Eccentric and demanding, they never lack friends or admirers. For busy Dragons always on the go, they’ll love simple statement pieces that turn heads, like a structured, asymmetrical top, paired with crisp, tailored trousers and a contrasting, metallic bag. Find these at Sportscraft, Max, San Michelle Bags or Postie.

6. Snake

1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
The Snake is introspective and can come off as a bit of a mystery at first. Snakes are driven by intuition, and their instincts are razor sharp. Generous as they come, Snakes are also graceful and soft-spoken. For this eloquent sign, think sleek fabrics and minimalist, modern style, such as a form-fitting two-piece skirt set or a tee and leather trouser combo, matched with strappy heels and an edgy clutch. Find these at Just Jeans, AS Colour or Farmers.

7. Horse

1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
People born in a year of the Horse are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd. As mentally quick as they are physically active, Horses have fantastic social reflexes and handle pressure with ease with an unforgettable energy that reminds us all to stay young at heart. While running free and making their own rules, Horses may find themselves drawn to unrestrictive fashion that lets their spirit roam. Think billowing dresses in a print to match your personality, combined with effortlessly chic wedges, ready to be in the thick of it all. Find these at Forever New, Decjuba or Country Road.

8. Goat

1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
People born in a year of the Goat are believed to be gentle, mild-mannered with a strong sense of kind-heartedness. Often shy, they’re commonly drawn to creative fields and outlets, such as art and fashion. Kind and compassionate, they also have an inner determination that seems at odds with their gentle personality. Goats will be drawn to neutral-tone, linen combos, whether it’s a matching crop top and trouser set or bell-sleeved top and skirt ensemble. Pair these with beachy slides and pearl accessories. Find these at Decjuba, Sportscraft or Postie.

9. Monkey

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
The Monkey is the sign of the inventor; people born in the Monkey’s year love a good challenge. A natural entertainer true to their sign, they engage through creativity and charm. The Monkey can solve complicated problems with ease, always with multiple solutions. Monkeys are also naturally ambitious and can achieve things others steer clear of. With a mischievous manner, those born under the year of the Monkey are well-suited to playful, unexpected prints. Try these on a pleated, midi skirt or jumpsuits. Find these at Dotti, Forever New or Max.

10. Rooster

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Known for putting on the greatest show on earth, Roosters are supreme performers. Whether talented or simply flamboyant, this Chinese zodiac sign turns heads and rocks the crown. One of the most eccentric of the signs, Roosters are loud confident and live their life the way they choose. Naturally charismatic, the Rooster is also a gifted storyteller. Think fashion pieces that will command attention and stand out from the crowd such as bright colours or dramatic ruffles. Accessories rule here, from chunky chains to eclectic resin pieces, pair them with sky high heels fit for the stage. Find these at Farmers, Country Road or Dotti.


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11. Dog

1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
People born in the year of the Dog are intelligent and refreshingly straightforward. They have a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and equity. People born under this year naturally know how to connect people and work with others, no matter how different. Loyal and sweet natured, Dogs also do glamour well, and are drawn to slightly preppy, laid-back sophistication. Think a lightweight summer knit top or vest, paired with relaxed leather pants or jeans, finished with kitten-heels for an effortless, feminine cool. Find these at Jeanswest, AS Colour or Amazon.

12. Pig

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
The Pig symbolises honesty, simplicity, and courage and are also known to live in extremes. Whether it’s love, friendship, generosity, or fashion, Pigs never do anything halfway! With such a big personality and passion for expression, those born under this sign never have a shortage of friends or invitations as they thrive in a sense of community with ‘more the merrier’ as their motto. Pigs are drawn to soft colours such as dusty pink, washed blue grey marle and pale mint. Those born under this sign also place comfort first. Try cute twin sets that can be dressed up or down depending on your footwear of choice, or a classic suit combo for more formal evening affairs. Find these at Portmans, Postie, Merchant 1948.

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