Personal Style: Yi Ping Teo
The fashion PR and marketing executive has sheer confidence, and she makes it look good.
“To me, style speaks of confidence and personality," says Yi Ping Teo. “It’s more than following fashion or trends – it’s about being who you are, what you want to express in the way you dress and live.” In that regard, the 25-year-old Melium Group PR and marketing executive lets her persona shine through her clothes. She is stylish without trying too hard, and exudes a zencalm demeanour that totally complements her cool-girl vibe.
Arriving at her expansive home tucked in a lofty enclave in Petaling Jaya, she greets us with recently dyed gradated hair (which took her a whole three days to achieve, such is the attention to detail), denim cut-offs, and a grey tee that reflects her minimalist mantra. “I gravitate towards monochromatic pieces – white, blacks, and greys,” she says, gesturing towards a selection of ensembles chosen for the day’s shoot. “But with that, I like to shake things up with pops of colour and daring textures.” A leather shift dress by Australian label Shakuhachi stands out, as with a pair of statement metallic silver wrap trousers – a bargain find from her travels across Asia. “I love mixing high street pieces with designer labels,” Yi Ping explains. “I bought these trousers from a market in Bangkok, and would you believe I actually bought them for less than RM20?”
It certainly takes a certain type of girl to pull off metallic silver wrap “market trousers” with fluorescent yellow heels, but Yi Ping makes it look like a no-brainer. Indeed, it’s that same air of je ne sais quoi that reflects her personal style – a casual nonchalance that adds to Yi Ping’s effortless look, reminiscent of her current style crushes. “When it comes to minimalist dressing, Charlotte Groeneveld and Julie Sariñana have got it down to a T,” she shares. “It’s interesting to see how they’re able to take something so basic and casual look so dressed up. It’s all about the minimum effort, with maximum impact.” Perhaps that’s also the reason why she owns at least 50 pieces of classic
white tops. “They’re all different, and yet so timeless at the same time. It’s like wearing a white canvas that can be dressed up or down.”
Don’t be fooled, though. Yi Ping’s idea of a white staple is anything but boring. Case in point: a daring cropped white top that she wore for the day’s shoot. “I love pieces that are unique, with clean cuts and solid construction,” Yi Ping reveals. It’s no wonder then that she’s got a weakness for designers such as Dion Lee, Josh Goot, and Alexander Wang – designers known for their architectural and bold aesthetic. “For me, the way a dress fits on you is the most important thing, and nothing makes a woman more confident than a well-structured dress,” she explains. As a style tip, Yi Ping suggests always dressing according to your body type and not for the latest trends. “Always play with pieces that suit or flatter your figure,” she quips.
Unsurprisingly, her knack for knowing what’s best when it comes to styling for herself probably came about as a child. “Growing up as the only daughter in the family, my mum would always encourage me to dress in different styles until I understood what suits me most,” Yi Ping reveals. “I’ve experimented with many different trends, from animal prints (that I truly and deeply regret), to my current state of minimalism,” she adds. But when you’ve gone through that long path, only to emerge triumphant at the other end of it, you have to admit, parents do know what’s best. “It’s true!” she exclaims. “I got it from my momma.”
“The way a dress fits on you is the most important thing, and nothing makes a women more confident than a wellstructured dress.” – Yi Ping Teo
Working a metallic silver wrap trousers with a cropped top and neon heels
Pairing her Giuseppe Zanotti heels with casual greys and blacks
“You can definitely call me a bag girl. The Chanel 2.55 reissues are one of my favourite go-tos.” – Yi Ping Teo
Dressing up a comfortable jersey dress with barely-there heels and statement earrings
Dress, Stella McCartney
Accessories make the look
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T S E ’ S G N I P I Y Heels, Jimmy Choo Necklace, Louis Vuitton