The Lunar New Year happens a week from now on February 12 and this time, we’re celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Ox. In the Chinese zodiac, In the Chinese zodiac, the ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of the signs and those who are born in the Year of the Ox are believed to be “strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others,” as per the Victoria and Albert Museum. Other characteristics attributed to those born under this Chinese zodiac sign are calmness, patience, trustworthiness, and being methodical. In celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Ox, we’ve rounded up five looks so you can exude the strong, reliable woman that you are through fashion. Check out these contemporary fashionable looks for the Lunar Year of the Ox.
The Cozy, Laid-back Look
1. CECE Speckled Ottoman Stitch Sweater in Bright Rouge
Whether for spending Valentine’s Day in with your loved one binging Netflix and sharing a bottle of wine or celebrating the Lunar New Year with loved ones, the Cece Speckled Ottoman Stitch Sweater is a cozy choice for staying in. It features speckled flecks that elevate the ottoman-stitched sweater, perfectly framed with a funnel neck and rib trim. The sweater also features stylish ribbed cuffs. It is crafted from 60% cotton and 40% acrylic. Shop at Nordstrom.
2. LIVERPOOL LOS ANGELES Liverpool Abby High Waist Skinny Jeans in Maple Wood
Meet your favorite pair of jeans: the Liverpool Los Angeles Liverpool Abby High Waist Skinny Jeans, made from 40% cotton, 32% polyester, 27% rayon, and 1% spandex. It features a five-pocket style, zip fly with button closure, and a 28-inch inseam. Shop at Nordstrom.
3. JEFFREY CAMPBELL Scholar Platform Loafer
Go retro with this gorgeously shaped Jeffrey Campbell Scholar Platform Loafer that features a towering heel, wrapped platform and a sophisticated, clean-lined strap at the vamp for a boost of color. It is equipped with a 3.5-inch heel and 1-inch platform. This pair is crafted from leather or leather and genuine calf-hair upper, a leather lining, and a synthetic sole. Customer TwymanKL gave this pair a 5-star review, writing, “Back again…History truly repeats. I loved these when I wasn’t old enough to wear them and now they’re back again for the second time! Here in the 90, I had a pair, now in 2021. I loved them and believed it or not really comfortable. These are cute with wide leg pants or a funky dress! And if you play it up right with some shorts, that will be cute. Have fun with them.” Jeffrey Campbell loafers have an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars at Nordstrom.
4. MADEWELL The Mini Leather Circle Pouch in English Saddle
The circle is believed to be the shape of luck, especially in Feng Shui. It is associated with wealth, which is why if you’re looking to increase your luck in health this year, you should incorporate more round shapes and circles in your home or wardrobe, just like this mini leather circle pouch from Madewell. This charming pouch is made of rich leather. It is just the right size to hold your cards and keys and can easily be attached to your belt loop or hooked onto your bag strap. It also features a zip around closure and a wrist strap. Shop at Nordstrom.
5. GORJANA Azul Crescent Stud Earrings
This Lunar New Year, pay homage to the moon with these chic Gorjana Azul Crescent Stud Earrings, which are 18-karat gold-plated for a chic shimmer. These stud earrings feature frond engraving that evokes a summer vibe no matter what the season. This contemporary pair is great to wear for everyday. Get 50% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
The Office to Evening Look
1. JULIA JORDAN Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit in Red
Featuring a gorgeous, rich red hue, the stretch-woven jumpsuit from Julia Jordan is highlighted by a beautifully draped surplice V-neck, a waist-cinching tie, and a trend-forward puffed sleeve that adds a touch of femininity to an otherwise structured suit. Perfect for office to evening rendezvous, this jumpsuit offers just the right amount of elegance this Lunar New Year. The jumpsuit is partially lined and has a back zip closure. It is made of 97% polyester and 3% spandex. Get 40% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
2. TREASURE & BOND Two-Button Double Breasted Blazer Coat in Grey-Black Plaid
This Lunar Year, layer up and keep warm when stepping out with this blazer coat from Treasure & Bond, which offers pulled-together styling with its longline silhouette that provides extra coverage and warmth. This double breasted blazer comes in a classic plaid that is easy to mix and match with the rest of your Winter wardrobe. Add a sophisticated finishing touch to your daily office wear or simply add this to your going out arsenal. This blazer features a front button closure, peaked lapels, and front welt pockets. Get 50% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
3. NINE WEST Pruce Ankle Strap Sandal in Black Patent
This is a piece that will never go out of style. The Pruce ankle strap from Nine West is a chunky-heeled pair that elevates the on-trend style of a chic sandal, paired with a slim, adjustable ankle strap. With a 2.5-inch heel, this sandal is comfortable to wear thanks to its moderate heel and lightly padded footbed. Great for both office or casual outings. Shop at Nordstrom.
4. BOSS Mini Nathalie Leather Wristlet Clutch in Bright Red
Featuring the red and gold colors of luck, the BOSS mini Nathalie leather wristlet clutch is a fun add on to any casual outfit. It features a logo-embossed elongated stud that complements the textured finish of this gorgeous Italian calfskin clutch that is so versatile you can wear it two ways: as a wristlet or carried by hand. The mini Nathalie wristlet clutch features a magnetic-snap flap closure and removable chain strap. It also features interior zip and wall pockets and up to six card slots. Shop at Nordstrom.
5. AKOLA Small Horn Circle Drop Earrings in Cranberry
Finally, adorn your ears with these dramatic circle drop earrings from Akola. Beautifully handcrafted by African women from carved horn, these circle drop earrings are made in Uganda. Akola prides itself with manufacturing all of its jewelry through the brand’s nonprofit manufacturing partner called Akola Project, which employs about 200 women in extreme poverty in eastern Africa to help provide them with living wavs and access to support services. Shop at Nordstrom.
The Spring-ready Casual Look
1. ALL IN FAVOR Ruffle Tiered Lace Minidress
This romantic, Spring-ready minidress from All in Favor is a great choice for brunching with girlfriends or date nights with the significant other. The ruffled tiered lace minidress features a cotton-blend that’s easy to wear paired with ruffled straps and a flipped tiered skirt that are both playful and fun. The dress features a feminine V-neck and a hidden back-zip closure. It is made of 65% cotton and 35% nylon. Get up to 66% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
2. MADEWELL Denim Jacket in Pinter Wash
Definitely a summer staple you should invest in, the Madewell Denim Jacket is perfect for layering any outfit. Made with softly distressed cotton denim, the Madewell Denim Jacket features classic felled seams and glistening metallic buttons. It also features a relaxed silhouette that’s perfect for layering looks with dresses, jeans, pants, shorts, and more. This versatile denim jacket features a spread collar, front button closure, chest-button-flap pockets, and bracelet-length sleeves with one-button cuffs. Shop this wardrobe staple at Nordstrom.
3. PELLE MODA Ritter Platform Wedge Sandal in Platinum Gold Suede
Add a touch of modest shine to your feet with this pair of wedge sandals in platinum gold suede from Pelle Moda. Complete your Lunar New Year date night outfit with this pair, which features espadrille braiding as accents paired with a strappy style for a contemporary, chic look. It features a 4.25-inch heel and a 15-inch platform, a 2-inch strap height, and adjustable strap with buckle closure. Get 39% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
4. TED BAKER LONDON Amerrah Branded Strap Leather Crossbody Bag in Red
Welcome the Lunar New Year with a stylish look complemented with this Ted Baker London crossbody bag. Featuring the color of wealth and good luck, this grainy leather bag comes with two straps: a traditional leather one and a more contemporary bold webbed strap with stripes and logos. The versatile bag features a top zip closure and interior zip pocket so you can bring your essentials with you wherever you go. Shop at Nordstrom.
5. THE ACCESSORY JUNKIE Nora Hoop Earrings in Red
Complete your Spring-ready casual look with these Nora Hoop Earrings from The Accessory Junkie, which features chain-patterned silk fabric entangled in a shimmering 22-karat gold plated hoop that has a 2.5-inch drop. Make a major style statement this Lunar New Year with the Nora Hoop Earrings. Shop at Nordstrom.
The Grunge Chic Look
1. 1.STATE Flutter Sleeve Drop Waist Knit Dress in Berry Spice
Armed with fluttery cap sleeves and a tiered skirt, the 1.STATE drop waist knit dress is a versatile piece that features a smocked panel just below the waist. Its flutters add playful movement to this dress, which features a slip on style for easy wear. It also features a mock neck. Great for wearing on its own or layering up during Spring/Summer. Made in the USA from imported fabric, 95% polyester and 5% spandex. Get 40% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
2. BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket in Black
Easily transition from Winter to Spring with the BlankNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket, which is perfect for layering in any season. It features rugged zip details that level up the edgy, moto-inspired vibe of this jacket which has a faux-leather material. Add a dose of contemporary cool with this Life Changer moto jacket, which you’ll love to wear all year long. It features an asymmetrical front-zip closure, notched collar, long sleeves with zip cuffs, and front zip pockets. This jacket is lined and made of 50% polyester and 50% polyurethane. Shop at Nordstrom.
3. LONGCHAMP Veau Foulonne Continental Wallet in Red
This Lunar New Year, keep what’s most essential in this Longchamp Veau Foulonne Continental Wallet that is made of softly grained leather. Featuring a streamlined design of a classic Longchamp wallet, this piece is designed with an understated logo embossing. It features a snap-flap closure, 12 credit card slots, and interior zip and currency pockets. Shop at Nordstrom.
4. MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Lawson Open Toe Bootie
Step up your game in the Year of the Ox with the Lawson open toe bootie from Michael Michael Kors, which features side cutouts that add contemporary drama to the usual open toe bootie. The Michael Michael Kors lofty open-toe bootie also comes embellished with a buckle strap and logo motif at the stiletto heel. This bootie has a 4-inch heel, a 3.5-inch shaft, and an adjustable ankle strap with buckle closure. Shop at Nordstrom.
5. ISABEL MARANT Leather Drop Earrings in Red/Silver
Reminiscent of traditional Chinese folding fans, these leather drop earrings from Isabel Marant come in a half-moon shape and feature a rich red fringe made from supple lambskin leather. These striking red earrings are equipped with French wire for easy wear. These earrings from the rebellious Isabel Marant brand are made in Poland. Shop at Nordstrom.
The Elegant Modern Day Woman Look
1. VINCE CAMUTO Ruffle Sleeve Blouse in Deep Red
The modern day woman is always ahead with fashion trends. This Lunar New Year, level up your style with this ruffle sleeve blouse from Vince Camuto, which features statement sleeves, which are on trend this season. Featuring a mock neck and long sleeves that end in eye-catching statement ruffles, this blouse is sure to turn heads. It features a back keyhole with a button-and-loop closure and is made of 98% polyester and 2% spandex. Get 40% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
2. SPANX® Faux Leather-Like Ankle Skinny Pants
Make more mindful fashion choices by going for faux leather in the Year of the Ox. This pair of skinny pants from Spanx® feature the look of leather, the fit of denim, and the comfort of leggings so you stay comfortable yet fashionable no matter what you match it with. It brings both texture and edge to any ensemble all year round. It features a pull-on style, faux front pockets, back patch pockets, and a partial lining. It also comes with a hidden shaping panel flattens and tones the tummy for a better silhouette. Made of 96% rayon and 4% elastane with 100% polyurethane coating. Shop at Nordstrom.
3. SAM EDELMAN Hazel Genuine Calf Hair Pointed Toe Pump
Lengthen your legs with this classic stiletto from Sam Edelman, which is elevated with genuine calf hair from China. The elegant Hazel pointed toe pump features a 3.25-inch heel that adds a timeless appeal to your everyday ensemble. Get up to 60% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
4. SAINT LAURENT Kate Tassel Calfskin Leather Shoulder Bag
Continuing on with the calfskin theme for the Year of the Ox, this Saint Laurent Kate Tassel Calfskin Leather Shoulder Bag offers an iconic and functional addition to your everyday wardrobe. It features a golden chain-link tassel that gracefully suspends from the YSL insignia in front. This shoulder bag features a magnetic snap-flap closure, cotton and leather lining, calfskin leather, and an interior wall pocket. Made in Italy. Shop at Nordstrom.
5. THE ACCESSORY JUNKIE Peri Drop Earrings
Finally, complete your Lunar New Year look with the Peri Drop Earrings from The Accessory Junkie. Crafted from french wire, textile, and 24k-gold plated over sterling silver, this pair features pleated accents against a smooth teardrop centerpiece made from 24-karat vermeil. Add a touch of chic elegance to your ensemble with this pair that are handmade in Greece. Shop at Nordstrom.
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