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Saint Laurent studded jacket Hermes Birkin bag Boohoo bralet Social media personality Mae Tan says she is now in a “throwback to the 1970s” phase, which includes bell bottoms, suede and crop tops. Image: Dios Vincoy Jr for The Straits Times

Q & A


How would you describe your sense of style?

I would say I am a fashion chameleon. Ultimately, what I put on depends on my mood and what I’m about to do that day. I’m never afraid to try new things and I can be rather indecisive, which is why I don’t keep to just one style. But recently, I’ve really been in a “throwback to the 1970s” phase. I absolutely love the bohemian vibe, bell bottoms, suede and crop tops.

Who are your favourite designers and what are your go-to brands?

They change all the time. I am now obsessed with Saint Laurent, Christian Dada and Gucci.

I especially love this Saint Laurent studded jacket (photo 1), which I got in Paris at half price at a sale.

Do you admire any style icons?

I admire Rihanna’s sense of style and how she plays a lot with pieces. She pulls off trends in an unconventional way.

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What are your favourite three pieces in your wardrobe?

I love this Hermes Birkin (photo 2) because it’s small and easy to carry. It’s more spacious than it looks and I can put many items inside. It has become one of my everyday bags.

Another favourite piece is this bralet from British online store Boohoo (photo 3). I like that it’s very versatile – it can be dressed up or down. I can wear it under a T-shirt or under a jacket.

I am also a sucker for denim. As much as I love dressing up, I love dressing down in denim shorts. My favourite pair is this one from Topshop (photo 4). Topshop carries great denim at affordable prices. I really like this because of its rugged, oversized and straight cut. I pair it with an oversized shirt.

What is your weakness when it comes to shopping?

I tend to fall in love with seasonal things which are out of the ordinary and very quirky. I am especially attracted to novelty items, home decor and headgear.

What is your favourite splurge piece?

I think generally all the items I have are splurge pieces, but one that I purchased which I have no regrets about is this Fendi Peekaboo Micro (photo 5). It cost $2,060. It was a splurge because it is really expensive for its extra small size.

Is there a purchase you’ve really regretted?


What is your most recent fashion purchase?

My Christian Louboutin Iriza pumps (photo 6). I had another pair, but they were ruined due to an unfortunate escalator mishap. They were my favourite so I had to buy a new pair.

What is the best shopping or style advice you live by?

Wear what makes you happy and feel comfortable in. The best shopping advice I have is to sleep on it and if the next day you are still thinking about it, then head back and buy it. At the end of the day, I believe in “Que Sera, Sera” (whatever will be, will be).

This story was first published in The Straits Times on August 27, 2015. For similar stories, go to

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