Amidst a palette of autumnal colours, learn how you can take the fast lane to looking fab all day, every day with these clever fashion tricks.
PEGGY CHANG, 34
Founder of The Tiramisu Hero & Butter My Buns
Bigger Is Better
Count on statement jewellery to dress up a casual look. “I have a penchant for big earrings!” Peggy professes. “They help dress up every outfit.”
Earrings, $999, from Mary Katrantzou x Atelier Swarovski. Dress from Loewe. Jeans, $395, from Sandro.
When you’re busy running two cafes, it’s a challenge finding time for yourself. Yet Peggy makes it look so easy. Whenever we’ve spotted her at soirees, this girl boss is always turned out stylishly that it’s hard to imagine she was behind the counter making hot coffee for cafe patrons only an hour before. So we had to ask Peggy for her shortcuts to chic and here she shares how you don’t have to sacrifice style for time.
Can you take us through a regular work day in your life?
“Sometimes I work from home, but you’ll also find me sitting at one of my cafes having meetings. We are pretty hands-on at my cafe – there might be times where I’d be running errands, doing deliveries, or personally behind the counter making coffee too. Occasionally, I do head out to evening events.”
When you shop for clothing, what do you look for in your purchases?
“I always mentally skim through what I already own and consider if this purchase works with my wardrobe. That said, sometimes when my heart rules over my head, no amount of justification will help!”
What’s a style mantra that all women should have?
“Don’t be afraid to shop anywhere. Labels do not make you look cooler or more stylish. Keep your eyes peeled at thrift stores, flea markets, second hand apparel shops or when you’re travelling. There are lots of treasures to be found in these places. It also always makes me feel extra special knowing that the chances of me running into someone else wearing the same thing is lower as compared to me shopping in the few leading fashion outlets.”
The New Black
Layer up on this season’s star colour: Brown. Peggy’s advice is to play around with different prints and cuts, as they help balance out masculine and feminine elements within a look.
Earrings from Swarovski. Jacket, $54.95; and top, $54.95, both from H&M. Kimhekim corset, $439, from Society A. Skirt, $470, from Sandro. Shoes, $69.90, from Charles & Keith.
It’s A Wrap
Need a quickfixing piece? Try on a headwrap for a dramatic flourish.
Earrings, $699; and ring, $449, both from Peter Pilottox Atelier Swarovski. Jumpsuit from Bottega Veneta. Top (worn underneath), $320, from Maje. Headwrap, Peggy’s own.
"I love head dresses – from hats to turbans. I think a suitable head dress can efficiently elevate every look!"
FASHION STYLING: AARON KOK, ASSISTED BY JULIET SUEN / PHOTOS: FRENCHESCAR LIM / MAKEUP: HONG LING, USING ARMANI BEAUTY, ASSISTED BY SHARON POW / HAIR: JASON WONG/SALON NU / LOCATION: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE