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

Welcome to the year of the Dragon, specifically, the Wood Dragon. Lunar New Year is a joyous occasion representing hope and renewal, as well as being a celebration of cultural heritage and family ties. During the 15-day long festival, starting from the 10th 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, and those born within that year are said to take on the positive (and sometimes not so positive!) associated personality traits.

Lunar New Year is a time for change and new beginnings, and for many, this includes for their wardrobe. So, whether you’re attending a family reunion or enjoying festivities with friends, we've rounded up our top fashion tips to ensure the perfect look for the celebrations, inspired by the 12 zodiac signs.

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1. Dragon

1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

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, opt for simple statement pieces that turn heads, like a structured, asymmetrical top, paired with crisp, tailored trousers and a contrasting, metallic bag. Find these at CUE, Witchery, David Jones.

Image: Cue

2. 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, we recommend 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 a statement clutch. Find these at Kookai, Wittner.

3. Horse

1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

People born in the year of the Horse are animated, active, and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd and they are 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 on trend sneakers, so you’re ready to be in the thick of it all. Find these at Forever New, Stylerunner.

Image: Aje available at David Jones

4. Goat

1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

People born in the 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, such as a matching crop top and trouser set or bell-sleeved top and skirt ensemble. Pair these with beachy slides and minimalist jewellery. Find these at Country Road, Seed Heritage.

5. Monkey

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Monkey is the sign of the inventor; people born in the Monkey’s year love a good challenge. Natural entertainers, they engage through creativity and charm. The Monkey can solve complicated problems with ease and are naturally ambitious, achieving things others don’t even attempt to. With a mischievous manner, those born in the year of the Monkey are well-suited to playful, unexpected prints you would see on a pleated midi skirt or jumpsuit. Find these at Decjuba, Gorman, Kookai.

6. Rooster

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Known for putting on the greatest shows on earth, Roosters are supreme performers. Talented, eccentric, and flamboyant, they live their life the way they want to. Naturally charismatic, the Rooster is also a gifted storyteller. Wanting to command attention and stand out, Roosters suit bright dopamine colours or dramatic ruffles. Accessories are a Roosters best friend, from chunky chains to eclectic jewellery pieces, paired with sky-high heels fit for the stage.

7. 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 equality. They often naturally know how to connect with people and work with others, no matter their differences. Loyal and sweet natured, Dogs love a bit of glamour, and are drawn to slightly preppy, laid-back sophistication. Think a lightweight summer knit top or vest, paired with relaxed leather pants or jeans, Witchery, General Pants, Universal Store.

8. Pig

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

The Pig symbolises honesty, simplicity, and courage and is known to live in extremes. Whether it’s love, friendship, generosity, or fashion, Pigs never do anything halfway! With such big personality’s and passion for expression, they never have a shortage of friends or invitations as they thrive in a sense of community. Pigs are drawn to soft colours such as dusty pink, washed blue grey marle and pale green. They also place comfort first. Think 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 Sportsgirl, Portmans, Nude Lucy.

9. 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. They are flawless entertainers, hosts and decorators. They like to feel a sense of security and never truly stop worrying. Imaginative and curious, they like to explore new fashion-forward styles when updating their wardrobe. Think refined pieces with flair like pointed kitten-heels, a midi length skirt and a colourful, crisp blouse. Find these at David Jones, Gorman.

10. 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 Myer, Witchery, Kookai, Pandora.

11. Tiger

1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Tigers are brave, competitive, unpredictable, and self-confident. They are very charming and well-liked by others, often the leaders in their circle. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Tigers are more likely to opt for bold styles. Think a sequined party dress or top, stacked heels and statement earrings. Find these at Mimco.

12. Rabbit

1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

The Rabbit is the soul of grace and sound advice. They often lead a tranquil life and avoid drama as much as possible. Elegant and kind, 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 broderie anglaise. Think relaxed slip dresses and pyjama-inspired sets, paired with elegant jewellery like tennis bracelets and pearls. Find these at Country Road, Swarovski.

Looking for the perfect gift to give this Lunar New Year? Discover our round up of the best limited-edition pieces to celebrate the year of the Dragon here.

We sat down with Tianli Zu, the Sydney-based artist behind Westfield’s Lunar New Year creative to learn more about the ancient Chinese technique of paper cutting, and the story behind her artwork. Discover more about Tianli here.

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