Harpreet Bedi, 50, CEO of The Garcha Group 

These women prove that age is just a number when it comes to great style
Bedi wearing her own custom jewellery, Bvlgari watch, Veronica Beard dress, belt and Prada boots. (Photo: Wee Khim)

What are your go-to accessories? 

I wear the same things every day. There’s this tiger claw, which came from a tiger that belonged to my uncle in India; I wear it with a strand of coloured stones—it symbolises, to me, that you can lead as a woman with a type of calm and also power. The “Boss” ring is part of a pair that says “Lady Boss”. When I started The Vagabond Club, everyone called me that and I was like, why am I not just a boss? So I decided to own it. This “Crazy” bracelet represents how I feel and what my life is like always. There’s a bracelet that symbolises Africa too—I lived there for a long time. Traditionally, this kind of bracelet is made with elephant hair, but I had it made in gold. The panther represents my feminine side. The pieces are a combination of power and femininity— that’s how I would describe my style. 

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What has shaped your style? 

I do want to be feminine, but I also have to be taken seriously in my job, so I’ve had to develop a style that is a combination of strength and femininity. I love pantsuits, but sometimes, they drown me, so shirt dresses are my uniform. It’s good for the weather, it’s forgiving, it’s one piece so you don’t have to think too much in the morning—you just do the matching shoes and belt, plus a bright red lip, and you’re good to go. 

How has your style evolved with age? 

What I’ve learned is that if it’s not comfortable, you’re not going to wear it. So comfortable, stylish shoes are a must if you want to go from dawn to dusk. My daughter made me buy these Prada boots, which are one of the more extravagant things I’ve bought, but damn, they’re comfortable! I could run in them.

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Chin Bottinelli, 50, Entrepreneur 

These women prove that age is just a number when it comes to great style
Bottinelli wearing her own Van Cleef & Arpels earring and bracelet, Audemars Piguet watch, Chanel cuff, Tiffany & Co. bracelet and rings from Tsura and Pomellato, with her Dior bag. Sweater; shorts, Loro Piana. (Photo: Wee Khim)

What’s your go-to accessory? 

A bag, and not just any bag but a sizable bag. With three kids, there’s a lot to put in—diapers, toys, books. And it works as a shopping bag too. I’m quite conscious about using plastic. 

If you had to pick a favourite accessory, what wouid it be? 

My Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 1972 watch, which I stole from my husband. It’s a limited edition, so it was very precious to him, but I love it so much I “inherited” it. 

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What do you collect? 

I love jewellery and with three girls, I have a very good excuse. I have a soft spot for Pomellato—the pieces are easy to wear and it became a thing that I rewarded myself with after a year of hard work. I’ve also been buying Van  Cleef & Arpels’s Alhambra pieces in different colours. 

How has your style evolved with age? 

It hasn’t really evolved that much, but I definitely think more about practicality now. I don’t necessarily follow fashion or call myself trendy. With age, I’ve become more particular about details—things like fabrics, the way they fall, the sustainability aspect. I’m not going to buy something I’m only going to wear once. When you’re younger, you might be okay with that, but today, I want to invest in pieces I get greater mileage from. 

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Tina Tan-Leo, 60, Founder of Privato, and Lead Curator and Retail Consultant for Design Orchard 

These women prove that age is just a number when it comes to great style
Tan-Leo wearing her ownHat of Cain hat, vintage Bvlgari earring, vintage Franck Sorbier scarf, vintage Cartier watch, vintage cuff and ring,and Malone Souliers shoes, carrying her vintage Philip Treacy bag. Top, and trousers, both by Loro Piana (Photo: Wee Khim)

What’s your go-to accessory? 

I wear a lot of scarves. I think it’s an essential accessory—I never leave home without one. You can dress it up, dress it down, use it for anything. It just gives you that final touch. I can be running around like a mad woman, but I can throw on a scarf and look put together. I also always carry a bag. My favourites are my Tom Ford saddle bag and my Philip Treacy Marilyn Monroe bag. 

What’s your guiding philosophy in fashion?

For busy people, you really need to be comfortable. And because you don’t have much time, you want accessories that are easy, look good, great to mix and match. Most importantly, don’t be mutton dressed as lamb. If you can carry off certain things, by all means, do it. To each her own. 

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How would you describe your style? 

I’m pretty simple, in the sense that I don’t wear really fussy clothes. I like layering. I love vintage because it’s unique, it’s one of a kind. I’m not a follower—I don’t like to copy and wear what other people are wearing. I do love quality, which is why I work in luxury. But luxury doesn’t mean it has to be expensive—it could just be something that is well made, special or meaningful. I wear pieces from high street—why not? It’s all about that personal touch; how you put it together. That’s why accessories are so important. A fabulous bangle, a beautiful watch, a scarf in your hair—they make all the difference. 

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Astrie Sunindar-Ratner, 41, Founder of A – The Etiquette Consultancy 

These women prove that age is just a number when it comes to great style
Sunindar-Ratner wearing her own vintage MIKIMOTO earring, vintage Cartier watch, Cartier ring, bracelets from Carolina Bucci, Dior and Van Cleef & Arpels, other custom jewellery and AG Jeans. Top, by Loro Piana (Photo: Wee Khim)

Which of your accessories are most meaningful to you? 

My pearl earrings. They’re from my mum and were given to her by my dad—it was one of his first gifts to her. Pearls are also my birth stones. I like to wear things that have meaning. Especially as I get older, when I buy things, I think about whether I can pass them down to my children later on. When something special happens, such as births or the start of a new career, I usually get a little piece of jewellery to commemorate it. This Cartier Trinity ring is also meaningful to me because it represents my three children. 

What pieces do you collect? 

Family heirlooms. We have a lot of vintage jewellery from my great-grandfather. Eventually, I want to have like a little museum and create a story about those pieces for the children. 

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How has your style evolved with age? 

I think when I was younger, I tried to follow what’s in, whereas now, I really stick to what I’m comfortable with and what looks good on me. 

How would you describe your style? 

Feminine, but also effortless. I like to look put together without looking like I’m trying too hard. 

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Photography: Wee Khim
Styling: Jeffrey Yan
Makeup: Wee Ming
Hair: Christvian
Producer: Cindy Ow
Photographer’s assistant: Alwin Oh
Stylist’s assistant: Nadia Lim