Per­sonal Style: Yi Ping Teo

The fash­ion PR and mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive has sheer con­fi­dence, and she makes it look good.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - News - By Amy Yas­mine.

“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

Wal­let, Kenzo

Ac­ces­sories make the look

V O UR FA I

T S E ’ S G N I P I Y Heels, Jimmy Choo Neck­lace, Louis Vuit­ton

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