Despite being an A-lister celebrity and reportedly one of the highest-paid actresses currently, Lin Li-hui, who goes by her stage name Shu Qi, is surprisingly normal.
The Hong Kong-based Taiwanese actress does not shy away from revealing snippets of her life through her Instagram and Weibo accounts, and has no qualms sharing everything from skin allergies to dinners with fellow celebs (that’s normal right?) to bad-hair-no-makeup days and little grievances such as her husband (who is Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung, by the way) not giving her any attention.
The couple, who first met on set in 1998 gay romance film Bishonen, got married in a secretive low-key wedding in 2016, which was reported to have taken place at the Bouzov Castle in Czech Republic with fewer than 20 people in attendance. Her wedding gown of choice? A H&M dress she had gotten two years ago.
But beyond her humble and frugal ways, it’s undeniable that Shu Qi is absolutely stunning. Besides her radiant complexion and sexy lips (which had earned her the accolade of Sexiest Lips in a 2008 survey by E! Entertainment, beating out competitors such as Angelina Jolie), the actress has an amazing sense of style. She swings from girlish charm to sophisticated goddess with ease, as seen in her myriad of ensembles.
We’ve scoured through her Instagram for 10 style tips you can easily pick up from her. Now we just have to fake sensual lips with some lip gloss and liner.
1. Throw a hat on it
Even a knock-out like Shu Qi is a mere mortal like us, and suffers from bad hair days too. Her solution? Throw a cap on it. Scroll through the actress’ Instagram and you can find that her cover of choice consists of snapbacks, baker boy caps and mid-brim hats, which makes sense because they help balance her angular facial features. Whatever style of headwear you choose to don though, make sure to pick one that flatters your face shape.
Get: Corduroy nautical cap, $39.90 from Zara
Nautical caps, also known as baker boy hats, are a dressy option compared to the snapback that Shu Qi wore in her photo. You can wear it on off-days with T-shirt and jeans or for work and social occassions with a crisp suit.
2. Own statement jewellery? Flaunt it
Note how Shu Qi places the bracelet as the centrepiece while the earrings, ring and necklace are more delicate and serve a more complementary purpose. Pair the bling with a simple and minimalist outfit to go bold without looking OTT.
Completedworks Angry Intellectuals ceramic, gold vermeil and topaz earrings, US$377.16 (S$495.47) from Net-a-Porter
Chunky, statement jewellery can still look classy and elegant. Take this Completedworks earrings for example. White and yellow gold is an enduring colour pairing and its unique yet clean silhouette makes it a great conversation starter.
3. Match the tones
Nura Reef stacking ring, $155 from Monica Vinader
People with warm skin tones flatter yellow gold while cool tone skin tones favour silver and white gold. Rose gold, on the other hand, flatters all skin tones and will look good on anyone. Moreover, this Monica Vinader ring can be easily slipped into your outfit either on its own or stacked with multiple pieces.
4. Back to school chic
Chakra 032, US$320 (S$453) from Gentle Monster
Another way to score the geek chic look is to don a pair of glasses. We suggest taking it a step further by going with these angular Gentle Monster cat-eye sunnies that are fitted with 100 per cent UV protected lenses to shield your peepers from the sun.
5. Cool in black
Veronica Beard ruched stretch-cotton poplin midi dress, US$498.11 (S$705.14) from Net-a-Porter
Don’t let the ruching scare you off. Together with the button placement, it was crafted masterfully to complement the feminine silhouette of the body-hugging dress. Moreover, it was made with lightweight cotton-poplin so it wears great for Singapore’s weather.
6. Family knows best
She layers slightly different tones from the same family of colours — ie. pinkish trousers juxtaposed against a deeper orange trench and finished with pumpkin orange heels — so the look doesn’t look staid. This is another way to style a monochromatic look, if you are daring enough.
Emilia Wickstead point-toe gingham-jacquard twill slingback pumps, $900 from MatchesFashion
We can’t guess what are your favourite colours that you wear most frequently so it is difficult to recommend a shopping pick based on this point. However, for those who loves whites, blacks and greys, these gingham-patterned slingback pumps are for you.
7. Don’t be afraid to try colours
Versace jungle-print pleated midi skirt, $1,655 from MatchesFashion
We knew we had to stick to the green theme when we saw this Versace pleated skirt. If the print looks familiar to you, that’s because it is the same iconic pattern that Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammy Awards that led to the creation of Google Images. Wear this with the matching top or pare it down with a plain shirt.
8. Keep it printed
The result: A softer, more pleasing ensemble. This principle works when you’re wearing bold solid coloured pantsuits and other co-ords as well (such as a flaming red pantsuit, for example).
Giuliva Heritage Collection houndstooth linen short-sleeved jacket and The Altea houndstooth linen trousers, $1,805 and $925 from MatchesFashion
Bored of the usual suit sets you find in the market? Head to Giuliva Heritage Collection for the refreshing co-ord pantsuit. We love the interpretation of the traditional menswear attire by the luxury Italian label and the irreverence of the short-sleeved jacket.
9. Not all heroes wear capes
Double-breasted blazer, $59.90 from Mango
We deliberately chose this statement fuchsia blazer because it would look great juxtaposed against the sea of neutral-coloured shirts and outfits you sport for work. You could also get the matching trousers for a killer pantsuit combo.
10. Casual, but chic
Isabel Marant Étoile Drussell striped mohair-blend sweater, US$385.36 (S$545.53) from Net-a-Porter
The wrong oversized jumper can quickly make you look slouchy and sloppy – not a look you want to achieve. This multi-coloured design reads both casual and unbothered while showing that you gave two thoughts about your purchases and styling.