Style Evolution: Shaun Chen

Happy birthday, Shaun! To celebrate the actor's 39th birthday, we take a look back at his style over the years. 

Style evolution: Shaun Chen
Style evolution: Shaun Chen
21 Apr 2016

Style evolution: Shaun Chen

Happy 39th birthday, Shaun Chen! Over the past decade or so, Shaun's style has evolved from amateur, to sharp, to...fatherly, now that he's sired two adorable little girls. He sure has come a long way! 

2007
2007
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2007

It’s not hard to believe that the Best Actor winner was once a simple kampung boy, consider this uber-casual outfit. 

2007
2007
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2007

Maybe it’s the fluffy hair, the innocent expression in his eyes, or the fact that this photo was taken almost 10 years ago, but Shaun is almost unrecognisable in this shot from Live Again in 2007. We’ll admit to being slightly envious of how well he has aged.  

Star Awards 2007
Star Awards 2007
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Star Awards 2007

While the black suit still holds up today, Shaun’s short fringe and spiky hair are horribly outdated.

2008
2008
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2008

Remember what we said about how well Shaun aged? He looks like he was 30-going-on-18 in this photo.

2009
2009
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2009

Shaun’s oversized checkerboard T-shirt is a far cry from his current habit of wearing fitted tees. 


Star Awards 2009
Star Awards 2009
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Star Awards 2009

That oversized suit is in need of some tailoring.

Star Awards 2010 Show 1
Star Awards 2010 Show 1
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Star Awards 2010 Show 1

Apparently, Shaun’s “hipster intellectual” style phase was so short-lived, we forgot it even happened. 

2011
2011
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2011

What’s up with the ‘Aladdin’ look? We’re definitely not used to seeing Shaun this naked.

Photo: Shaun Chen's Facebook

2011
2011
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2011

Ah, 2011, when Shaun rocked the “dad” look before even becoming a dad.

Star Awards 2011 Show 2 (Red carpet)
Star Awards 2011 Show 2 (Red carpet)
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Star Awards 2011 Show 2 (Red carpet)

Shaun looks like he is cosplaying Hugh Hefner. 

Star Awards 2011 Show 2 (Awards ceremony)
Star Awards 2011 Show 2 (Awards ceremony)
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Star Awards 2011 Show 2 (Awards ceremony)

Shaun may have changed into something more subdued (thank goodness!) for the awards ceremony, he did not forget to display his quirky side with his blinged-out man brooch.

2012
2012
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2012

V-neck cardigan with no undershirt, “woke up like this hair” – today’s Shaun certainly seems a lot sharper than his 2012 counterpart. 

Photo: Shaun Chen's Facebook

2012
2012
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2012

Perhaps we’re having style amnesia, but was wearing a jacket without a shirt (at least a visible one) trending in 2012? 

2012
2012
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2012

Effeminate top, jacket with "horns" ... Shaun donned some oddly feminine clothes for his bio photo.

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

Though we are not fans of guys in floral shirts, we thought Shaun looked hot in his paisley shirt and rolled up blazer. Little did we know it was the start of his paisley phase.

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

The print returned with a vengeance at Star Awards 2013 with Shaun turning up in a loud paisley suit for Show 1. Who knew he could carry off that much paisley?

Photo: TODAY

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

Okay we take that back. And what's with the silk décor?

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

Shaun kept it classy and simple in a black tux while accepting his award for Best Actor. 

Star Awards 2016 Part 1
Star Awards 2016 Part 1
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Star Awards 2016 Part 1

Well, this meme says it all. Better luck in the fashion game at Show 2, Shaun! 

2016
2016
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2016

Is it just us, or does Shaun look more stylish in this retro getup than he does in any of his photos from 10 years ago? 

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

2016
2016
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2016

Shaun and his wife Celine, who frequently dress in couple outfits, took their matchy-matchy sensibilities to the next level once Nellie was born. We can only imagine how cute they'll all looks now that Nellie's little sister, Neia, has entered the world! 

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

2017
2017
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2017

Shaun posed in a business casual Cerruti suit while asking his fans to vote for him ahead of the Star Awards. 

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

2017
2017
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2017

"I like this outfit," Shaun wrote on Instagram, posing in Cerruti and Cole Haan. Well, that makes two of us. 

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

Star Awards 2017
Star Awards 2017
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Star Awards 2017

Shaun looked sharp and spiffy in a classic black tux from Dolce & Gabbana. 

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

The Lead (2017)
The Lead (2017)
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The Lead (2017)

Shaun donned plenty of interesting costumes while filming The Lead, where he played an actor. 

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

2017
2017
02 Nov 2017

2017

And here we have Shaun's "dad style": athletic wear, white trainers, and a cooler full of frozen breast milk. 

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

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