Style Evolution: Romeo Tan

Happy birthday, Romeo Tan! In light of Romeo's 32nd birthday, we look back at the artiste's iconic looks over the years. 

Style evolution: Romeo Tan
Style evolution: Romeo Tan
01 Mar 2016

Style evolution: Romeo Tan

Happy 32nd birthday, Romeo! Romeo's personal style has been so consistently dapper as of late (hello, designer suits!) that it's easy to forget that he too once fell victim to the fashion trends of yesteryear. 

Keep going to see Romeo’s transformation from Star Search finalist to leading man. 

Pictured above: Romeo at the Dream Makers 2 road show in 2015

Star Search 2010 finals
Star Search 2010 finals
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Star Search 2010 finals

The tacky trench screams “flasher” but thankfully Romeo distracted us with abs-tastic bod.

Star Search 2010 finals
Star Search 2010 finals
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Star Search 2010 finals

Baby-faced Romeo looked like he was ready to seal the deal in holy matrimony at the Star Search finals in 2010.

Star Awards 2011 Show 1
Star Awards 2011 Show 1
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Star Awards 2011 Show 1

This purple...thing...is a far cry from the fitted jackets Romeo wears today. 

Star Awards 2011 Show 2
Star Awards 2011 Show 2
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Star Awards 2011 Show 2

Just when we thought it could not get any worse, Romeo turned up for Show 2 in this caped cowl neck top. *Facepalm*

Photos: The Juliet Club

It Takes Two press conference (2012)
It Takes Two press conference (2012)
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It Takes Two press conference (2012)

With his faux hawk, ashy brown hair, and oversized specs, we’d say that this is the most quintessentially 2006 Romeo has ever looked, except that this photo was taken in 2012. Poor guy threw on too many trends at once and ended up looking fashionably confused.

Don’t Stop Believin press con (2012)
Don’t Stop Believin press con (2012)
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Don’t Stop Believin press con (2012)

Romeo’s got the nautical look down pat with the striped top, white bottoms and navy jacket.

BIGBANG pre-launch party (2012)
BIGBANG pre-launch party (2012)
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BIGBANG pre-launch party (2012)

What’s going on here? There’s a weird pleated shirt, ill-fitting pants and gasp moustache necklace!

Photo: Romeo Tan’s Instagram

Drama 30th Anniversary (2012)
Drama 30th Anniversary (2012)
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Drama 30th Anniversary (2012)

Romeo’s caption for this image was “Go Go Power Ranger!” but we think he is more Kpop star than superhero.

Photo: Romeo Tan’s Instagram

Countdown Show (2012)
Countdown Show (2012)
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Countdown Show (2012)

We love Romeo in suits but pink isn’t his most flattering colour.

Photo: The Juliet Club

96C Café press conference (2013)
96C Café press conference (2013)
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96C Café press conference (2013)

Everything about this look screams 1990s... and that’s not a good thing.

Star Awards 2013 Show 1
Star Awards 2013 Show 1
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Star Awards 2013 Show 1

Romeo not only won the Rocket Award, he also won the red carpet with this bright blue suit – though we wish it was less crumpled!

Star Awards 2013 Show 2
Star Awards 2013 Show 2
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Star Awards 2013 Show 2

Romeo’s good looks shine through clearer than ever when keeps it simple in a sharp suit.

Idol Chit Chat at National Museum (2013)
Idol Chit Chat at National Museum (2013)
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Idol Chit Chat at National Museum (2013)

We loved this jacket initially, but someone in our office commented that it looks like a Band-Aid and now we can’t unsee it. 

Photo: The Juliet Club

Sudden press conference (2013)
Sudden press conference (2013)
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Sudden press conference (2013)

As a lawyer on Sudden, it was only natural for Romeo to attend the press conference cleanly groomed and in a preppy suit.  

Star Awards 20 Show 2 (2014)
Star Awards 20 Show 2 (2014)
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Star Awards 20 Show 2 (2014)

There were a lot of Great Gatsby-inspired looks during Star Awards 20, and Romeo’s Art Deco-inspired suit is no exception – even if it did make him look like he’d come straight out of a Vegas gambling den. 

Mystic Whispers preview (2014)
Mystic Whispers preview (2014)
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Mystic Whispers preview (2014)

Is it just us or does Romeo look kind of retro with the super slicked side part and printed shirt?

Photo: The Juliet Club

The Journey: Tumultuous Times press con (2014)
The Journey: Tumultuous Times press con (2014)
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The Journey: Tumultuous Times press con (2014)

Chiselled abs or not, this marble sweater makes our dashing Romeo look like he was carved from stone. 

The Journey: Our Homeland press con (2015)
The Journey: Our Homeland press con (2015)
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The Journey: Our Homeland press con (2015)

Aside from the combination of high-waisted pants and a bomber jacket, which makes Romeo look a bit paunchy, this outfit is pretty inoffensive. 

Singapore Fashion Week (2015)
Singapore Fashion Week (2015)
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Singapore Fashion Week (2015)

We only have one word for Romeo: suave.

Photo: Romeo Tan’s Instagram

PPCTV Mediacorp Awards (2015)
PPCTV Mediacorp Awards (2015)
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PPCTV Mediacorp Awards (2015)

We would have given Romeo an A+ if not for that hideous tiered chain necklace.

Photo: Mediacorp

Read also: Local stars honoured at PPCTV MediaCorp Awards

The Dream Makers 2 Charity Gala (2016)
The Dream Makers 2 Charity Gala (2016)
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The Dream Makers 2 Charity Gala (2016)

And here we have Romeo looking like an Asian Hugh Hefner in his velvet jacket at the Dream Makers charity gala earlier this year. 

Photo: Mediacorp

Read also: HOT OR NOT: Dream Makers 2 charity gala

The Dream Makers 2 press conference (2015)
The Dream Makers 2 press conference (2015)
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The Dream Makers 2 press conference (2015)

Now that he's 30, it looks like Romeo's favouring timeless wardrobe pieces, such as this brown leather jacket, over trendy ones. 

Bonus: Teen Romeo
Bonus: Teen Romeo
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Bonus: Teen Romeo

There's nothing like an old IC photo to show how far you've come in the past decade. 

Photo: Romeo Tan’s Instagram

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