Be ready to be decked out from head to toe in 50 shades of red to usher in the Year of the Goat.
It is tradition for many to wear new clothes during Chinese New Year as it symbolises having a fresh start for the year.
It is also a great excuse for shopaholics and fashionistas to scour the malls for new clothes or get it custom-made at the tailor.
Every year, you would find T-shirts with motifs of the zodiac of the year, and this year is no different with the Year of the Goat.
However, you would see more sheep motifs than goat or ram as the fluffy animal seems more attractive.
Red is the colour for Chinese New Year, just take a walk around shopping malls and you will see retailers bringing out all their red tones and displaying them on the storefront.
However, if you are not keen on looking like a walking ang pow, you can always opt to mix your red-hued outfits with other colours or go for other festive colours such as orange, pink, and yellow.
Black and white are still a big no-no for some while others are not too strict on dress codes.
But to be on the safe side, especially when visiting your older relatives, you can opt to pair your black jeans with a red top.
For something traditional, one could go for the qipao or cheongsam (despite the controversy about its Manchurian origins), be it store-bought or tailor-made.
And don’t forget your undergarments. Shops and hypermarkets have started displaying red lingerie and underwear, some even printed with auspicious Chinese characters.
Shorter hairstyles are in for this CNY.
According to Bosco Eng, the manager of Bill Code Hair Saloon in Berjaya Times Square, customers are opting for shorter hairstyles.
“Those with long hair want to crop it shorter, while those with short hair want an even shorter cut or a bob.
Eng said dip-dying was all the rage last year but because of its overwhelming popularity, some would go for “splashlights”, where you get a horizontal streak of highlights across the hair, to stand out.
Ash blonds or ash greens are popular colours for men.
Prosperity at your finger tips
For those who usually shy away from bright red nail polish, this may be the time to try it.
Maggie Lim of Amante Nail Spa & Body Care at Berjaya Times Square said customers would usually opt for CNY colours like red, gold and orange.
“Now, customers are bold enough to try shocking red or pink shades as well as neon colours.
“We also have customers who bring their children along for manicures; we cannot do nail art for them as their fingernails are too small but we would decorate their nails with nail stickers instead,” she said, adding that nail art costs around RM10 per nail.
You can also adorn your nails with designs of cherry blossoms, carp, gold ingots, Mandarin oranges, Chinese characters like fu (Prosperity), Gong Xi Fa Cai, chun (Spring) and even the God of Prosperity.
In celebration of the Year of the Goat, there are even a few sheep designs to choose from.