How To Get A Chinese New Year Outfit On A Budget

Not only is the Chinese New Year the time of celebration, family gatherings and feasting, but it’s also full of traditions. One of them is to wear a red outfit, as this colour is associated with good luck and scaring spirits of bad fortune away. The clothes for CNY should also be new, symbolising a fresh start of the lunar new year. However, a new dress doesn’t come cheap. Fortunately, there are ways to get an awesome Chinese New Year outfit even when you’re on a tighter budget.

Thrift Shops

One of the easiest ways to get a budget outfit is to head for a thrift store. Although these types of shops have some disadvantages such as limited availability of sizes, but you can usually find lots of choices of clothes at affordable prices. Whether you are a shopaholic or a budget-conscious person, second-hand stores are a perfect place to find your CNY dress. And what about the symbolism of new clothes? Well, these ones will be new for you and that counts!

Online Marketplaces

If you want to save money on your outfit but you’re not into browsing through piles of clothes in thrift shops, you can find our dream pre-loved outfit online. There are various online marketplaces where you can get an original dress for a lower price than in a store. The mobile app Carousell is one of the more popular marketplaces around. It allows you to see available items in catalog-like view and sort them according to price, location and other criteria. You can also become a seller and earn some extra money for the new year. Win-win!

Outfit Rentals

Renting an outfit is a perfect way to get something special to wear without having to pay an excessive price. In Singapore, you can find various dress rentals, be it online, offline or both, including RentADress and Covetella. Just pick one that suits your budget and you will find a dress you love for sure.

Clothes Swap

Is your closet full and yet you still have nothing to wear? If you have friends who are in a similar situation, there’s nothing easier than to organise a clothes swap. Get together in a group and bring clothes that you don’t want to wear anymore. In the name of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, your unwanted outfits can become someone’s favourites again and you have a chance to get something new without paying a single cent.

Making use of promo codes

If you still desire a brand-new outfit but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it, you can save by browsing various Chinese New Year discounts and also using promo codes to get an extra discount off your purchase. Not keen on paying the delivery fee? Order together with your friends and get your items shipped for free!

Enjoy the Chinese New Year 2017 with a fresh (and cheap) outfit!

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