Right before her July wedding, Generation T lister (and scion of the Jean Yip empire) Cheryl Wee spent a day with the Singapore Tatler team shopping up a storm. Fittingly, we were at her favourite boutiques at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands; Cheryl has a Sands Rewards LifeStyle membership which gives her unlimited rewards on purchases and up to 9% back instantly in Reward Dollars, amongst others. In between racks and hats, we chatted about her fiancé Roy, bespoke wedding shoes and shopping philosophies.
So glad we’re hanging out and putting together a capsule wardrobe today! Let start with your style. Masculine or feminine?
People expect me to be girly. That’s sort of true: You’ll see me in sweet, girlish dresses on weekends, especially when I’m headed for brunch, and I do like pink—baby pink—to be exact! Like this Miu Miu dress paired with the retro sunnies and Miu Click bag; I just love them. But when it comes to dressing for work, I pick more tailored, masculine pieces.
Like the 3.1 Phillip Lim look?
Yes, and the tiny pearl trim on the shirt is amazing. I own a number of 3.1 Phillip Lim pieces—his shoes, his bags. And of course, his white shirts! They’re great wardrobe staples with a twist.
As my style evolves, I’ve learned that it’s essential to be comfortable in the clothes that I wear. I don’t follow trends blindly; I pick pieces that work with my body. I’m proud of my legs, so I gravitate towards high-waisted pants like these. They make my legs look longer and define my waist.
The jewellery’s a perfect fit with it.
I feel like a baller in this outfit, especially when we layered the Tiffany & Co. pearls with Hardware silver. I’m definitely in love with the Hardware necklaces and ring—they’re very cool, very versatile.
We all have that person we go to for a second opinion when shopping. Who’s yours?
I always check in with my mum before I buy anything at all. I trust her taste. She always doles out good advice: Whether it’s a worthy investment or if it’s well-made; and it’s not always about the price. Just the other day, I wanted to get the Garden Party bag by Hermes, but she dissuaded me and said, “You should invest in a Birkin instead, it’ll be a better purchase in the long run.”
Roy knows my wardrobe and in fact, he likes shopping, maybe more than I do. He’s aware of fashion trends and the latest collection drops—be it watches, clothes or shoes. I’m a quick shopper, while he goes through the racks in the stores. He’s into design, and I’m into food. He takes the time to shop... I take the time to read the menu!