How To Be Stylish In 2 Suitcases

Fashion influencer Yoyo Cao has personal style and packing secrets down pat

Is there anyone who hasn’t lusted after something that’s been showcased in Yoyo Cao’s social media feeds? The globally recognised fashion influencer (who was born in Macau and is now based in Singapore) is mistress of her own style...and conductor of many, many other people’s.

But how exactly does she do it? Ahead, Asia’s fave fashion It Girl lets us in on what she takes into consideration before dressing for the day, how to pack for Fashion Week, and more. 

My personal style is…

Minimalist, easy and detail-oriented.

My fave designer hands-down is…

Phoebe Philo of Celine! Minimalist yet statement-making, her pieces are incredibly well-tailored and fit perfectly. Trust me when I say that wearing Celine gives you a boost of confidence.

What I wear daily depends on…

My mood. If I’m in a good mood, I’ll be in a colourful ensemble. If I plan to have a relaxed day, I’ll be in denim shorts and a shirt.


One wardrobe staple I can’t live without is…

A white shirt. It’s not easy to find the perfect one that’s crease-free and lightweight enough for our humid weather.


My five travel must-haves are…

La Mer’s Crème de La Mer, lip balm, facial masks, a portable charger for my phone and of course, my camera!

I plan my outfits for Fashion Week based on…

Comfort as I’m always on the move. And of course, everything has to fit into two suitcases.


An essential for a wardrobe update this season is…

A white top with exaggerated details like a Vetements shirt with oversized cuffs and extra-long sleeves.

I often mix high street with high fashion pieces because…

I believe style can’t be bought but comes from one’s ability to make the simplest piece of clothing look luxe.

The power of the street-style phenomenon and social media is…

Beneficial for the fashion business as feedback. The desirability of fashion goods can be determined by reactions from potential customers who follow style influencers on Instagram. Sometimes, a fashion brand may dress a style influencer in what might be the only sample piece and this heightens the demand.


A style influencer has to…

Inspire their followers, have a good knowledge of fashion, a positive attitude - and a unique and creative way to put your message across!

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