Style Evolution: Rebecca Lim

Happy birthday, Becks! A look back at the 32-year-old star's most memorable getups. 

Style evolution: Rebecca Lim
Style evolution: Rebecca Lim
19 Apr 2016

Style evolution: Rebecca Lim


Rebecca Lim has come a long way since her Miss Singapore Universe days. Once low maintenance and risk-averse when it comes to fashion, these days, Becks has complete faith in her glam squad and is “keen to try everything at least once”, though that hasn’t always paid off. Case in point: her Maleficent-esque look at Star Awards 2016 Part 1 that landed her on some worst dressed lists. 

As the actress turns 32 today (Sep 26), we take a look back at some of her most memorable looks.

Miss Singapore Universe 2005
Miss Singapore Universe 2005
19 Apr 2016

Miss Singapore Universe 2005

Rebecca’s arched eyebrows, excessive eyeliner, and ugh - kitten heeled slippers – are a far cry from her current red carpet couture looks. 

Star Awards 2006
Star Awards 2006
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2006

Clearly, a lot can happen in 10 years. 

Mobile World Magazine (2006)
Mobile World Magazine (2006)
19 Apr 2016

Mobile World Magazine (2006)

In what is the most 2000s magazine cover we’ve ever seen, Rebecca fell victim to “the Rachel”…almost 10 years after it stopped being relevant. Oops. We’d also love to know how she resurrected her eyebrows after the egregious over-plucking. 

2007
2007
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2007

Rebecca looked like any other schoolgirl on the set of drama My Dearest Kin, where she showed off burnished highlights and excessive under-eye concealer. 

Star Awards 2007 Show 2
Star Awards 2007 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2007 Show 2

This look has prom written all over it.

Mr. and Mrs. Kok Press Conference (2009)
Mr. and Mrs. Kok Press Conference (2009)
19 Apr 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Kok Press Conference (2009)

Seatbelts as suspenders? Who signed off on this? 

2009
2009
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2009

We can’t say that this mini dress, seemingly constructed by party streamers, was a significant improvement.

Photo: Keith Png's blog 

S.League Awards Night (2010)
S.League Awards Night (2010)
19 Apr 2016

S.League Awards Night (2010)

Rebecca looks like she is cosplaying Rui En.

Photo: 2010 S.League Awards Night

Star Awards 2010 Show 2
Star Awards 2010 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2010 Show 2

Yikes, this satiny, rumpled mess looks like it came straight from the post-Halloween bargain bin. 

No Limits Press Conference (2010)
No Limits Press Conference (2010)
19 Apr 2016

No Limits Press Conference (2010)

Oh, Rebecca – we too owned a collection of plasticky waist belts for our equally large collection of shapeless cotton dresses. 

Asian Television Awards (2010)
Asian Television Awards (2010)
19 Apr 2016

Asian Television Awards (2010)

Despite its crunchy-looking texture, this shortcake-like dress is actually kind of cute – until you look down at Rebecca’s accompanying footwear (no nude heels in her shoe closet? Really?). 

2011
2011
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2011

Ah, 2011, a year when Rebecca still had her baby fat, and her stylists hadn’t figured out that the classy look suits her more than the cutesy one. 

Photo: Instagram/@thebeckersteam

Prosperity press conference (2011)
Prosperity press conference (2011)
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Prosperity press conference (2011)

While this look hasn’t aged as badly as some of the rest, we can’t help but think her frock was a little tacky with that diamante belt disaster.

SKII 2011 Event
SKII 2011 Event
19 Apr 2016

SKII 2011 Event

We definitely wore a version of this dress – purchased on a blogshop, naturally – to a reunion dinner many, many Chinese New Years ago.
  

Star Awards 2011 Show 2
Star Awards 2011 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2011 Show 2

This boho-inspired maxi dress looked okay until we zoomed in and noticed that the skinny waist belt had struck again. Was no one safe from this trend? 

Star Awards 2012 Show 1
Star Awards 2012 Show 1
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2012 Show 1

And for the Star Awards 2012, Rebecca upgraded her boho garden dress to one with 3D flowers.

Star Awards 2012 Show 2
Star Awards 2012 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2012 Show 2

Rebecca’s fuschia dress is one of our favourites. Look at how radiant she is in this cut and colour!  

Drama 30th Anniversary Show (2012)
Drama 30th Anniversary Show (2012)
19 Apr 2016

Drama 30th Anniversary Show (2012)

The dress looks like something a tai tai in her 50s would wear.

Star Awards 2013 Show 2
Star Awards 2013 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2013 Show 2

Rebecca’s feathery (or is it furry?) blue tube dress may bear an uncanny resemblance to the skin of a Sesame Street character, but she managed to pull it off with aplomb. 

Celebrate TV50 Show (2013)
Celebrate TV50 Show (2013)
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Celebrate TV50 Show (2013)

While Rebecca doesn’t usually show a lot of skin, she looked poised and natural in this plunging gown on New Year’s Eve in 2013. 

Star Awards 2014 Show 1
Star Awards 2014 Show 1
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2014 Show 1

Yellow is a tricky colour for Asians but Rebecca dazzles in this canary Stella McCartney gown.

Star Awards 2014 Show 2
Star Awards 2014 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2014 Show 2

Rebecca and her sparkly haute couture Giambattista Valli gown look like a work of art.

Star Awards 2015 Show 1
Star Awards 2015 Show 1
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2015 Show 1

Rebecca’s Naeem Khan gown was one of our favourites from last year’s show: not only was it memorable, but it was truly one of a kind – no one else wore anything that even resembled it. 

Star Awards 2015 Show 2
Star Awards 2015 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2015 Show 2

Rebecca’s pristine Zac Posen gown and statement jewellery were one of the highlights of last year’s red carpet. 

Star Awards 2015 Show 2
Star Awards 2015 Show 2
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2015 Show 2

It’s hard to go wrong in Zac Posen. Forest green, an oft-forgotten alternative to black, suited Rebecca well when she accepted her award for Best Actress. 

SKII event (2015)
SKII event (2015)
19 Apr 2016

SKII event (2015)

Sorry Becks, but blush isn't really your colour - it makes your skin appear washed out and pale. And are we the only ones disturbed by the ah ma-esque hair?

Photo: Instagram/@thebeckersteam

Birthday celebration with fan club (2015)
Birthday celebration with fan club (2015)
19 Apr 2016

Birthday celebration with fan club (2015)

This is probably the closest we’ll ever see Rebecca get to the “hipster” aesthetic. 

Photo: Rebeca Lim's Facebook

Mediacorp Campus Opening (2015)
Mediacorp Campus Opening (2015)
19 Apr 2016

Mediacorp Campus Opening (2015)

Rebecca turned heads at the Mediacorp Campus Opening in that eclectic Tiger Balm dress, and not in a good way. 

Lions Charity Show (2016)
Lions Charity Show (2016)
19 Apr 2016

Lions Charity Show (2016)

Feminine and demure, Becks looks gorgeous like a porcelain china.

Photo: Instagram/limrebecca

Star Awards 2016 Show 1
Star Awards 2016 Show 1
19 Apr 2016

Star Awards 2016 Show 1

At long last, we’ve arrived at Rebecca’s latest Star Awards look, which is much more avante-grade than her usual red carpet gowns. Could this be the beginning of a new style era for Becks? 

Read also:
HOT OR NOT: Star Awards 2016 Part 1

Fendi store reopening (2017)
Fendi store reopening (2017)
25 Sep 2017

Fendi store reopening (2017)

Despite favouring classic looks, Rebecca isn't averse to avante-garde fashion nowadays. 

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
25 Sep 2017

Rebecca Lim

Rebecca was tres chic in this Parisian-inspired getup for Longchamp. 

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Panthère de Cartier event (2017)
Panthère de Cartier event (2017)
25 Sep 2017

Panthère de Cartier event (2017)

You can never go wrong with a military look. 

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Star Awards 2017
Star Awards 2017
25 Sep 2017

Star Awards 2017

Becks’ Old Hollywood-worthy Oscar de la Renta gown has us green with envy. 

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Chinese New Year countdown show (2018)
Chinese New Year countdown show (2018)
25 Sep 2018

Chinese New Year countdown show (2018)

Rebecca almost stole the spotlight from the God of Fortune at the Chinese New Year countdown show in this dazzling gold frock from Stella McCartney.

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Star Awards 2018
Star Awards 2018
25 Sep 2018

Star Awards 2018

Best Actress winner Becks not only shone bright on stage, but she looked like a real-life jewel in her emerald green Elie Saab dress.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Launch (2018)
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Launch (2018)
25 Sep 2018

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Launch (2018)

We're pretty sure Becks made an entrance in that stunning brocade gown from Carolina Herrera. Green is definitely her colour this year. 

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

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