Style Evolution: Zoe Tay

The fashion hits and misses of this year’s Star Awards Best Actor and Actress nominees. This time, we're taking a look at Zoe Tay.

Style evolution: Zoe Tay
Style evolution: Zoe Tay
05 Apr 2016

Style evolution: Zoe Tay

Zoe Tay is not only the Queen of Caldecott Hill, the chameleon actress is also known for her versatility and ever changing style, so it might surprise you when the Star Awards 2016 Best Actress nominee and mother-of-three says her motto when it comes to fashion is simplicity, preferring to stick to monochrome tones. Check out her style evolution over the years.

Star Search 1988
Star Search 1988
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Star Search 1988

We wonder how much hairspray went into creating that gravity-defying quiff.

1990s
1990s
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1990s

“Oh, no biggie, just standing looking like a goddess in my boyfriend’s oversized work shirt.” 

1991
1991
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1991

Zoe’s head of unruly curls and her turn as the sexy and materialistic Bobo in Pretty Faces catapulted the actress into iconic status.

Watch past episodes of Pretty Faces on Toggle.

1990s
1990s
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1990s

Zoe wowed in a sleek bob with a low neckline. And get a load of that oh-so-Nineties choker!

Mid-1990s
Mid-1990s
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Mid-1990s

Zoe looked like she was 27 going on 47 with those curls.

1990s
1990s
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1990s

Crimped hair was all the rage in the 90s. Too bad it aged Zoe by ten years.

Zoe's wedding (2001)
Zoe's wedding (2001)
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Zoe's wedding (2001)

This may have been 15 years ago but Zoe’s timeless and elegant gown would not be out of place at a wedding today.

Photos: Instagram/zoetay10

Star Awards 2005
Star Awards 2005
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Star Awards 2005

Was Zoe trying to copy Nicole Kidman’s 2005 Golden Globes look, which the Hollywood actress decorated with peacock feathers herself, because the similarities are uncanny. 

Zoe’s first son Brayden’s full month party (2005)
Zoe’s first son Brayden’s full month party (2005)
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Zoe’s first son Brayden’s full month party (2005)

Zoe flaunted her new curves (and flat stomach!) in a smocked dress just one month after giving birth. WOW!

2006
2006
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2006

Not only did Zoe regain her figure after giving birth, she exercised her way to a six-pack.

Star Awards 2007 Show 1
Star Awards 2007 Show 1
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Star Awards 2007 Show 1

Even Zoe wasn't immune to the belt craze in the mid-2000s.

2008
2008
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2008

It’s so annoying how we didn’t even look this good at the age of 25. 

Star Awards 2009 Show 2
Star Awards 2009 Show 2
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Star Awards 2009 Show 2

Who needs elaborate hair and million-dollar accessories when you look this hot in a simple mini?

2010
2010
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2010

Zoe’s Barbie pink bodycon dress was the must-have party dress in the late 2000s. 

Love Cuts press conference (2010)
Love Cuts press conference (2010)
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Love Cuts press conference (2010)

The usually sunny actress dabbled in goth motifs at the Love Cuts press conference in 2010.

Love Cuts meet-the-cast session (2010)
Love Cuts meet-the-cast session (2010)
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Love Cuts meet-the-cast session (2010)

 Zoe may be basking in pregnancy glow, but we can’t help but cringe at that coral satin pussybow dress that she is wearing. 

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

While we love the zesty colour and simplicity of this gown, the cinch at the calves reminds us of a sweet wrapper.

Double Bonus press conference (2011)
Double Bonus press conference (2011)
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Double Bonus press conference (2011)

We may be five years late but we’re so going to try this camisole-toga look.  

Star Awards 2012 Show 2
Star Awards 2012 Show 2
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Star Awards 2012 Show 2

Zoe and her Donna Karan geometric gown look like a work of art on the red carpet.

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

Zoe stole the show when she arrived in this sexy metal bustier gown from Versace that cost and weighed a tonne.  

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

Zoe made a bold fashion statement when she skipped her usual gowns for this edgy androgynous outfit.

Telemovie Recipe press conference (2013)
Telemovie Recipe press conference (2013)
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Telemovie Recipe press conference (2013)

Now this is how you wear gingham without looking like a picnic mat.

Photo: TODAY

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

Despite keeping it simple, Zoe was a picture of grace in this strapless canary yellow Gucci gown at the Star Awards 2013. In fact, she liked this look so much that she had her Madame Tussauds wax figure styled in the same way.

FIDé Fashion Week (2013)
FIDé Fashion Week (2013)
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FIDé Fashion Week (2013)

Star Awards' worst hair alums Jade Seah and Ben Yeo, this is how you wear a bowl cut.

Asian Television Awards 2013
Asian Television Awards 2013
05 Apr 2016

Asian Television Awards 2013

Zoe looked plenty comfortable in a peach-coloured Grecian gown at the Asian Television Awards in 2013. 

Star Awards 2014 Show 2
Star Awards 2014 Show 2
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Star Awards 2014 Show 2

Zoe looks stunning in her pixie cut and studded Gucci dress. Hands down one of our favourite Star Awards looks.

Yvonne Lim’s wedding (2014)
Yvonne Lim’s wedding (2014)
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Yvonne Lim’s wedding (2014)

Zoe shines in this sparkly midnight blue deep V gown that is sexy, elegant and edgy. 

Star Awards 2015 Show 2
Star Awards 2015 Show 2
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Star Awards 2015 Show 2

Zoe’s Carolina Herrera gown was not just one of our favourite looks at last year’s Star Awards, it was one of our favourite looks of the year. It’s fresh, it’s mature, and the skirt is a feast for the eyes.

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