How to Wear Lucky Clothes for Chinese New Year, According to H&M

Ward of the bad juju with the auspicious color red and the happy mouse.
by Esquire Philippines for Esquiremag.ph   |  Jan 25, 2020
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Let us put aside the lofty goals of getting in shape for a while longer because the extended holiday season isn’t over yet until the arrival of Chinese New Year. That means it is still the moment of pants with elasticized waists, roomy T-shirts that hide a multitude of sins, and soft clothes that don’t hurt.

As well, it is the season for red. The color is auspicious for the Chinese because, according to this very informative article on Medium, it is tied to both power (a Han dynasty emperor was said to be called the son of the red emperor) and protection (it is believed to ward off a mythical beast that eats people during the new year).

So, yeah, wear red to assert your authority and not be eaten by a monster. This season, H&M releases over 100 pieces for men, women, and kids for the celebration. Most are drenched in a rich cherry hue and also emblazoned with the original mice—Mickey and Minnie—to coincide with the Year of the Rat.

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Here are our picks for your night as a lucky red mouse.

Not red, but a mouse. This bomber jacket heralds “The True Original.” Mickey Mouse!

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Bomber Jacket, P3,490, by H&M

Photo by H&M.
Photo by H&M.

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Not only red but also gold—a gold Mickey. 

Hoodie, P1,690, by H&M

Photo by H&M.

Another gold mouse.

Striped pullover, P1,190, by H&M

Photo by H&M.

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For those who are really averse to red, but want in on the festivity.

Pullover, P1,690, by H&M

Photo by H&M.

Good fortune, happiness, prosperity, and longevity—all best wishes for the new year.

Pullover, P799, by H&M

Photo by H&M.
Photo by H&M.

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Finally, a cool bucket hat to protect your head from errant sparklers.

Bucket hat, P499, by H&M

Photo by H&M.

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This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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