Sean Chen Liu, 28, single, business English lecturer at East Asia Institute of Management
How would you describe your style?
Steampunk. I was fascinated with Japanese illustrator Hayao Miyazaki's famous animations such as Castle In The Sky (1986) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004) when I was in university doing film studies, so I guess that was my starting point.
I dress in that style and wear a vest, blazer and houndstooth cap when I go to work every day. Students and colleagues have commented on my style, saying that I look unique and stand out from the crowd.
When did your interest in fashion start?
I cannot really remember. To me, fashion is a means to an end.
Who are your favourite designers and go-to brands?
I like Hong Kong brand G2000 for its polo shirts and shirts and online retailer Asos for accessories such as rings (photo 1). I also love picking out gems at flea markets in Australia, where I used to live for eight years.
Who are your style icons?
I am more influenced by actors from the 1920s to 1960s film era, such as Humphrey Bogart. He seemed to be a person of authority and charisma. I like the fedoras, shirts and jackets that he wore. I find that men dressed a lot more gentlemanly back then. These days, men are not properly attired for occasions.
What are the favourite pieces in your wardrobe?
It depends on the weather and location. When I was living in Australia, I was a huge fan of suspenders (photo 2), blazers (photo 3), sweaters and waistcoats.
Here, I wear my cotton and polyester two-in-one polo tees (photo 4) from G2000. It has a shirt-like collar and vest-like body so it gives the illusion that it is layered, but is breathable in the hot weather.
Do you have any weaknesses when it comes to shopping?
I have a soft spot for accessories such as hats, ties, rings and shoes because I believe one can create new looks just by varying accessories.
What is your favourite splurge piece?
Skinny neckties (photo 5), bowties, socks and hats (photo 6) - these are essential to the gentleman's wardrobe. They are the finishing touches for office attire. I am disappointed that ties are not as prevalent in Singapore. If a shirt is made of the right material, such as cotton that is woven less densely, then you wouldn't feel that hot wearing a tie.
Is there a purchase you have regretted?
I bought polo shirts from G2000 in a rush and did not notice some had different fabric patches sewn onto them until I got home. The patches had different textures and prints and that was the style, but I did not like it. I have worn them only once or twice.
What is your most recent fashion purchase?
A suede bowtie (photo 7) from Asos. It cost about $20.
What is the best shopping or style advice you live by?
Be yourself and be presentable. People judge by first impressions. Before others get to know me for who I am, I want to make sure the opportunity to do so exists through my dressing.