CNY shopping doesn’t always come naturally to everyone. Some of us (i.e. me) love the excuse to buy new clothes. But for the rest of us, sometimes the sheer thought of having to purposefully buy new clothes for the occasion just tires us. It takes the fun out of shopping and essentially becomes a chore. And is buying new clothes all there is to maximise our huatness for the new year? Why do we need to buy new clothes anyway? And what if your new clothes happen to be in all of your inauspicious colours? Does the negative now cancel the positive effects?
To prevent any of this from happening, we enlisted the help of Mark Tan—a fourth-generation Feng Shui Master and the CEO of Way Fengshui Group. In part one of our series, Mark actually sat with Editor Sophie Hong, Digital Editor Hidayah as well as myself to read our bazi to help us find out what should we be wearing in 2020 in order to have the best year possible. Read about part one here.
The challenge? While Mark would be dispensing us invaluable advice, we will still have to choose our very own CNY outfits…and bring them back for him to judge how well we did. So with luck on our side, the three of us set out to the Pomelo store at 313@somerset to go shopping Watch the video to find out how we did.
Here’s how huat Mark thought our outfits truly were.
Cheryl Chan, Fashion Editor
Cheryl’s comments: “So, I made a teensy weensy mistake when I went shopping. Because I looked at my overall chart instead, I thought blue and red were auspicious colours for me to wear this year. But because I asked Mark on what I should do to improve my love life this year, it was better if I implemented more white and gold into my look. So to compensate, I tried to incorporate them into my accessories. That still counts right? Right??!”
Mark’s comments: “I don’t quite like the blue, I think it’s a bit too overwhelming. Cheryl already has a lot of water and metal elements in her chart so she shouldn’t be adding more. But she does manage to combat it by having oranges and circular shapes in her outfit which does add some fire energy. I do like her bag and shoes as white and gold will help her to attract more romance luck into her life
Overall huatness: 75%
Sophie Hong, Editor
Sophie’s comments: “I love a good breezy fruit prints shirt (I currently own 5)—there’s just something about it that lifts my mood. My top priority for CNY is to be comfortable so that I can stuff myself with as much bak kwa and pineapple tarts as possible. Since Mark told me that it’s bad luck to be schlepping around in a black baggy t-shirt, this bright mandarin orange print shirt in all the CNY colours are my next best alternative. Though I might switch out the shorts for looser denim shorts or something that is more stretchy to accommodate my food baby.”
Mark’s comments: “Sophie is wearing mostly red which is really good, it will add more warmth to her personality. She’s a water-heavy person and she’s born in winter so having red will make her a lot more approachable. But in terms of increasing her wealth, she does need to add more grey and brown. Her bag is an earth-toned colour so I’ll give her some points on that but it could be better.”
Overall huatness: 85%
Hidayah Idris, Digital Editor
Pearl headband (similar here), $14, polyester blazer dress (similar here, the one pictured here will be out in Feb), $64, satin bodysuit, $34, polyester pants, $49, canvas sneakers, $79, all from Pomelo. Necklace (similar here), $51.35, Way Fengshui Group.
Hidayah’s comments: “I’m generally kiasu, so if you tell me I have three huat colours, I’m gonna try to include at least two because, the more huat, the better, right? That said, I also didn’t want to stray too much from my usual style of blazers. I picked a blazer dress because I can wear it both as a dress and outerwear beyond CNY. It also helped to tone down my all-red outfit, which was a bit too bright for my liking. But admittedly, this outfit was hot—literally. I clearly didn’t take Singapore’s hot weather into account while putting it together, but never mind lah, I can just carry a portable fan around.”
Mark’s comments: “To be happier in 2020 I told Hidayah to wear more red, brown and green and I see that she has a lot of green on her so that is very good! I think it’s perfect, the colours look nice on her and I think this is very auspicious—I like it!”
Overall huatness: 100%
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