• The 2018 feng shui guide to style


    The Year of the Earth Dog is officially underway and by now, superstitious Filipinos have most likely equipped themselves with an arsenal of feng shui knowledge to last them the next 12 months. But even if you’re not superstitious, and don’t necessarily believe in predestined fate or welcoming positive vibes (as well as eliminating negative ones) with furniture placement or wearing charms, surely there’s nothing wrong with incorporating a little bit of “lucky colors” into your wardrobe.

    And we’re not just talking about red. While red is indeed an auspicious color according to Chinese culture, each sign in the Chinese zodiac has its own set of luck-attracting hues. Famed feng shui master Marites Allen breaks it down for us. Here are her fashion-oriented readings:

    (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
    Element: Water
    Colors: Blue, gold, green
    Outlook: “Consider taking some time off. Rest and give yourself that much-needed break. Avoid afflicted energies by travelling, going on holidays, and spending time with happy people.”
    Photo: Diesel

    (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
    Element: Earth
    Colors: White, yellow, green
    Outlook: “Watch out for misunderstandings at home. Be more reasonable, patient, and try to promote a harmonious environment. There is pleasant news related to promotion at work.”
    Photo: Lacoste

    (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
    Element: Wood
    Colors: Blue, gray, orange, white
    Outlook: “Expect a good year provided you control your temper and avoid confrontations and fights. You will have to do more than expected. You will need more friends this year. Take better care of your health.”
    Photo: Givenchy

    (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
    Element: Wood
    Colors: Red, pink, purple, blue
    Outlook: “Monetary gains are possible. Opportunities in business and romance are present. Keep your eyes open and be ready to grab them when they present themselves.”
    Photo: Marc Jacobs

    (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
    Element: Earth
    Colors: Gold, silver, cool white
    Outlook: “This is your conflict year, so you will feel that progress is elusive. Take it easy and take calculated risks. Get into charity work and avoid inviting complications.”
    Photo: Marc Jacobs

    (1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
    Element: Fire
    Colors: Black, red, yellow
    Outlook: “Travelling, training abroad, and receiving promotion at work are among the blessings you will receive. Reciprocate the love and care you receive. This will attract more blessings.”
    Photo: Tory Burch

    (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
    Element: Fire
    Colors: Yellow, green
    Outlook: “This year will finally be rewarding especially in love. The auspicious influence of the peach blossom stars will bring so much happiness into your life. Play your cards right and there will be more reasons to celebrate.”
    Photo: Diesel

    (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
    Element: Earth
    Colors: Green, red, purple
    Outlook: “Refocus on yourself. The presence of the Heavenly Luck Star may bring in unexpected income. Single Sheep will have plenty of opportunities for relationship luck.”
    Photo: Tod’s

    (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
    Element: Metal
    Colors: White, gold, blue
    Outlook: “It will be a hectic year with the possibility of windfall luck in the form of cash inflow. There are many positive events to look forward to, but there will still be threats to physical wellness.”
    Photo: Coach

    (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
    Element: Metal
    Colors: Gold, brown, yellow
    Outlook: “Beat the threat of the Illness Star! Manage stress at work and business; prioritize your health and well-being, as well as those of your family. Throughout the year there will be threats to your health.”
    Photo: Tory Burch

    (1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
    Element: Earth
    Colors: Red, green, purple
    Outlook: “New beginnings are in the horizon and better income this 2018 is very possible. Make sure you spend within reason. Politicking or jealousy at work are likely, so be extra careful.”
    Photo: Michael Kors

    (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)
    Element: Water
    Colors: Yellow, gray, brown, gold
    Outlook: “Time for new beginnings! Let go and forget about past mistakes that brought about anxiety. Betrayal is possible, so be prepared for anything and always keep your cool. A strong friendship may come to an end.”
    Photo: Coach


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