My wardrobe

Big style on a small budget

Janelle Yeo’s interest in fashion was inspired by her fashion-forward mother.
Janelle Yeo’s interest in fashion was inspired by her fashion-forward mother.ST PHOTOS: LAU FOOK KONG

Marketing executive Janelle Yeo believes one does not need to break the bank to look good

Janelle Yeo, 24, marketing and communications executive at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, engaged to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilot in the air force, 28

How would you describe your sense of style?

Feminine, modern and uncomplicated. Simplicity is key in creating an everyday look.

When did your interest in fashion start?

It started when I was really young as I have a fashion-forward mother who placed emphasis on matching the colours or shoes and bags of my outfit. It was always fun dressing up with her, especially when it came to borrowing her collection of bags and accessories from luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

What are your go-to brands?

Apart from Zara and H&M for a mix of basics and trendy pieces, I shop online from Singapore fashion brands such as Love, Bonito and MDS for their affordable clothes. For jeans, I always buy them from American clothing brand American Eagle as the cuts are amazing.

What is your favourite splurge piece?

My leopard print dress from Australian brand Keepsake The Label, which has a fitted bodice and flared bottom (photo 1). I bought it last year and it cost about $200.

What are your favourite pieces in your wardrobe?

My Topshop floral jumpsuit (photo 2) which gives me an effortlessly chic look; a pleated top from Thai label Innitbangkok (photo 3) as it is easy to match; my high-waisted ripped jeans from American Eagle (photo 4) as it is so comfortable; my heart necklace from my fiance (photo 5); and a Santos de Cartier watch from Cartier (photo 6), given to me by my mother.

What is your most recent fashion purchase?

A flared tube top from Love, Bonito (photo 7). I bought it to wear during Chinese New Year.

Do you have any weaknesses when it comes to shopping?

Definitely swimwear. I have five one-piece swimsuits and two two-piece ones (photo 8), and I do not even swim that often. I suppose it is because there is always a new print or design for swimsuits and I like the idea of swimming or going to the beach.

Is there a purchase you have regretted?

A denim high-waisted skirt that I bought for about $50 last year. I realised that I could have bought the same thing for half the price when I was shopping online after.

Who are your style icons?

My style icon is American socialite Olivia Palermo because every outfit of hers is inspiring, yet not too exaggerated.

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

If you do not feel confident and comfortable, change. Also, you do not have to break the bank to look good - always shop within your budget.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2016, with the headline 'Big style on a small budget'. Print Edition | Subscribe