Celebrities know best how to look effortless and stylish at any occasion. So who better than these stars to glean some #inspo for your next ensemble? For this piece, we drew insights from famous names who are celebrating their birthdays this month.
From Girls’ Generation’s Sunny’s trick to look taller to Cecilia Cheung’s way of making a grand and memorable entrance, here are some cool style tips to cop from these May birthday babies. Plus we show you easy ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe with shopping picks.
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Hong Kong superstar Cecilia Cheung showed how a red carpet appearance should be done at the Star Awards 2019 when she turned up in a silver Alberta Ferretti fringed backless dress. With every step she took, the dress moved with her, while adding shimmer and shine. With such a head-turning dress, Cecilia stole the show even with simple makeup and minimal accessories.
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Halpern is known for his gorgeous sequin creations and this black-and-white number hits all the right notes without looking gauche. Its highlight — a va va voom slit that runs all the way up to the thigh. Plus, its simple colour palette means you can re-wear this across all your parties without people calling you out as a outfit repeater (as compared to a loud outfit that you can only wear once). Slip into a jaunty pair of silver sandal heels and top it off with a pretty minaudière.
This one is for the women who want a little drama to their apparel but are looking to keep it tame enough for the office. Silver metallic threads are woven into this maxi design from Mango to add a touch of shine and dynamism to the outfit. Pair this with a drop pendant to bring attention to the v-neck and finish with black pumps.
She’s been known to kick butt as a martial artist in many Hong Kong dramas, but actress Grace Wong knows how to nail the fashion game as well. Her weapon of choice? A good ol’ trusty pair of statement earrings. Take your pick: Add bling with jewels and gems or go with something eye-catching such as geometric shapes and hoops. Or inject colour with pieces that sport floral-themed designs. Regardless what you pick, you’ll still come out on top — just make sure that your accompanying accessories are on the simpler side.
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Channel Sailor Moon vibes while looking stylish with these tri-toned Swarovski crystal earrings from Roxanne Assoulin. These are clip-ons so they should be your go-to fuss-free jewellery on lazy brunch days. Pair with your favourite ruffled dress for a Sunday date.
Add style points while warding off bad mojo with these evil eye drop earrings from Lovisa. Plus, its playful heart design might help you attract a little luck in the love department too. Pair this with an off-shoulder dress and go with a simple chain necklace to finish.
Melissa Koh made a name for herself as a homegrown fashion blogger and style influencer, so it should come as no surprise that we’re gonna be learning a tip from this fashionista. Here, on the streets of New York City, Melissa looked radiant in a simple get-up of a white shirt with plaid pants. But what took her outfit to the next level was her shearling coat. Not only did it serve to keep her warm, its neutral beige colour complemented her outfit while adding texture and visual interest. Of course, her hat gave her look extra panache.
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A shearling coat might not be a viable option for Singapore’s warm weather, which is why we’re proposing a denim jacket instead. Not only can you add texture, this distressed style from Ksubi adds that cool, street style cachet too. Wear with skinny jeans and finish with a bucket hat.
Look expensive for less and go with Zara’s iteration of a tweed jacket. This dark-coloured number is easy to pair with your work wardrobe — just pop it over a cream dress or a slinky slip dress and get ready to be the most stylish employee in the office.
Like us, busy actress Dawn Yeoh has places to go and things to accomplish. So while heels and wedges might look pretty, Dawn always counts on a good pair of sneakers to deliver on both the style and comfort front (say no more to achey soles from heels!). Plus, it adds a touch of sporty chic that’s still on trend. If you’re afraid of looking too masculine in a pair, swap out the chunky dad sneakers and go for sleeker, simpler court sneakers.
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These Gucci embroidered sneakers have gained a cult following since they were first released for Pre-Fall’16. They’re elegant and stylish, but with a touch of personality thanks to the iconic coloured stripes and embroidered gold bumble bee. Wear this with an indigo denim jumpsuit and finish with a pair of cat-eye sunnies for a polished street style look.
This pair of white Converse is as simple as it gets, and many of us probably grew up wearing these to school. Even after the clean, pristine quality of this pearly white pair gets dirtied, it adds character and a lived-in quality with scuffing and greying. Wear them with your favourite athleisure wear or go with a white lace dress to channel a pure, ethereal style.
For all you petite girls, or those wanting to use clothing to fake a taller height, Sunny from Girls’ Generation is one person to cop style tips from. Coming in at 1.57m, we love how the affable singer uses a mini dress to elongate her stature. Showing off parts of her thighs and calves, the mini dress is a great way to create a taller illusion. Of course, finishing with a pair of towering stilettos will give you added boost.
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A simple LBD is taken up a notch by Tom Ford with the use of ruched details. The gathered details and a v-neckline makes it look like a tuxedo dress, so you might be able to pull this off for work too. We suggest slipping into a pair of ankle boots for a chic rock star look.
Photo: Tom Ford
Need a dress for that weekend picnic party? Go with this summer-inspired palm print Topshop mini creation and top it all off with a straw hat and bag and espadrilles. Remember your sunblock and sunnies and you’re good to go.