Everyone knows that the New Year begins on January 1, but for nearly 4.3 billion Asians and Asian-Americans, it really starts on the 31st. That is when the moon enters into a new phase of its 12-year cycle, marking the start of the Lunar New Year – a 15-day celebration that makes NYE look like child’s play.
OK, so maybe there isn’t a ball drop, midnight kisses, or backless minis. But there are red envelopes filled with $$ (cha-ching!), firecrackers going off in the day, eight-course meals paired with strong cognac, and ancient traditions that might not always quite make sense (but you follow them anyway).
This year’s zodiac sign is the horse (I’m taking that as a very good omen for my year ♥, as I’m sure all of us horse-lovers are).
A symbol of strength and energy, those born in the Year of the Horse are clever, talkative and stubborn, characterized by their bright, hard-working spirit and tendency toward patience (freethinkers Jennifer Lawrence and Oprah Winfrey were both born under it).
What does this mean for the rest of us? A chance to indulge in the new fashion trends, which have officially slithered away from the Year of the Snake and galloped their way into the Year of the Horse!
So, even if you don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year, per se, channel this year’s spirit animal in these fun fashions – perfect for us horse-loving fashionistas!
From cool tops emblazoned with horses and subtle, equestrian inspired accessories, these picks will for sure get you in the spirit of things (they won’t, however, get you those lucky red envelopes – sorry!). And there is even a makeup element: Chantecaille’s warm earthy hues for eyes and cheeks like Palomino and Mustang are imprinted with stallions (a portion of whose sales benefits the efforts of the Humane Society of the United States to conserve land for wild horses).