CNY Survival Guide 2014: 8 ways to wear horse-themed items without looking tacky


Interested in celebrating the Lunar New Year in style? Why not check out these eight horse-themed items that pay sartorial homage to 2014's reigning animal.

1. Horse pendant

You might think wearing jewellery in the form of animals might be reserved for children, but this horse pendant proves that wrong. In an elegant, minimalistic shape, the gold-plated silver piece is a fresh, modern and mature take on the trend.

($239 from Modajar at

2. Horse pocket square

Dapper gentlemen can freshen up their wardrobe with the addition of this unique silk pocket square.

Designed in collaboration with Singaporean illustrator Edward Chan, the horse print comes with a lovely blue trim that will peek out of pockets to create the perfect pop of colour.

($60 from Vanda Fine Clothing at

3. Horse notebook

Stationery buffs, delight! Retailer Shanghai Tang and notebook maker Moleskine have joined forces for another limited edition set of notebooks celebrating the Chinese New Year.

The horse-printed hard cover notebooks and diaries are a fun, subtle nod at the equestrian motif.

($60~75 from Shanghai Tang at 03-06 Takashimaya Shopping Centre or

4. Horse dress

Love all things bright and vintage-inspired? This empire waist sleeveless dress from Future State comes in yellow and blue, with quirky horses printed all over. It is an easy to wear dress, which can make an impact on its own or be toned down under a cardigan.

($49.90 from Future State at

5. Horse cufflinks

Those galloping their way up the corporate ladder might fancy these sterling silver cufflinks from Alfred Dunhill. The horses are captured elegantly in motion and the colour is neutral enough for you to wear them over and over.

($395 from Alfred Dunhill at 01-42 Paragon)

6. Horse watch

This black and white watch from Swatch is all about the sleek and sporty. The graphic design throughout the band and watch face is reminiscent of Chinese calligraphy with its bold brushstrokes, and the red clock hands add a nice touch of contrast.

($109 from Swatch at B2-37 Ion Orchard)

7. Horse cheongsam for girls

The little ones can get in on the equestrian action too, with this adorable buttoned cheongsam from home-grown children's label Elly. It features an all over horse print (white on red, or red on white) for those aged nine months to four years old.

($69.55 from Elly at Rockstar by Soon Lee, 22 Orchard Road)

8. Horse sneakers

Sleek kicks by Puma offer a nod to the horse motif in quiet ways. The two-tone brown sneakers, which come in a suede upper, features the Chinese character for horse as well as insoles with the pattern of a Chinese chessboard.

($159 from Puma at B2-23 Ion Orchard)

Do you know? Singapore Turf Club’s horses brightened Chingay Parade 2014 and collaborated with Singapore Philatelic Museum for the ‘Horses for Courses’ Exhibition (31 Jan to 26 Aug 2014)Please click here for more information about Singapore Turf Club.

Win Risis figurine and jewellery! Straits Times readers, a gold-plated Risis horse figurine and silver jewellery worth about $1,200 in total are up for grabs.To stand to win the prizes, all you need to do is answer the following question:1) The first baby born in the Year of the Wooden Horse will be a: a) Boy b) GirlSubmit your prediction with your full name, NRIC and contact numbers to Contest ends on Jan 30 at 6pm.