1. Don’t underestimate the power of a white shirt
There’s nothing quite as simple and easy as a white shirt to make you look clean, crisp and polished. And Joanne knows that too, as she frequently sports this wardrobe staple. There are many ways you can style this — full tuck, French tuck or even knotted like what she did here for a smart casual look. It’s easy to pair too. Go with a nude midi skirt like her, or with skinny jeans for an edgier effect.
Shirt, $450, from Anne Fontaine
Up the ante on your usual plain white shirt and wear this Anne Fontaine number to work instead. It comes adorned with a girly knotted tie detail, giving it a vintage preppy vibe. Wear it over a sleek pencil skirt or sharp tailored trousers and finish with black mules and delicate drop earrings.
2. Show some shoulders
Joanna sports great shoulders, which we had first seen when we watched her play beach volleyball in 2008 Chinese idol drama Beach.Ball.Babes, and she isn’t one to shy away from flaunting it. After all, if you got it, you better flaunt it. If that’s you, off-shoulder or cold-shoulder tops are your best bet as they help accentuate your best feature.
Top, $29, from Pomelo
Unwind this weekend and dress this striped off-shoulder top with a pair of sandals and a denim skirt for a date. Throw on your favourite highlight to emphasis your collarbones and put your hair up in a messy pony for a devil-may-care vibe.
3. Keep it fitted
A pair of well-fitted pants can make you look slimmer and taller. Not that the 1.73m actress needs it, but why not?
Pants, $49.90, from Zara
Bored of the usual black slim trousers you wear to work? Then switch to this feminine dusty pink pair from Zara that is so cute, yet still profesh. It’s also made with at least 50 per cent recycled polyester so it’s great for the environment. Finish with the matching blazer for a monochromatic pantsuit ensemble or go with a navy blue cowl top.
4. Don’t skirt the issue
Besides sharp trousers, Joanne loves pairing her shirts with a skirt for an easy, stylish look. With a myriad of colours and styles available for your choosing, this fool-proof ensemble is great for the weekends and for work. Just remember to pick a hemline that suits your body type.
Skirt, $89.90, from Topshop
Add a pop of colour and a touch of soft elegance with this bright gold-yellow satin skirt and make it truly shine with a navy blouse and black strappy heels. Finish with delicate gold accessories.
5. No time to get dressed? Jumpsuits are your answer
Whether you’re a busy working mum like Joanne or would rather take a few more minutes to snooze and stay in bed in the mornings, a jumpsuit is a quick, all-in-one outfit that you can quickly slip into for a fuss-free look. Jumpsuits also make you look trendy and sassy, again, with minimal effort.
Jumpsuit, $155, from COS
Sweating under the hot weather? Not with this sleeveless Cos number made of lightweight satin. Fake an hourglass figure by cinching your waist with the belt and dress this with a pair of knife heels for an effortless work look. Add some statement earrings to jazz up this simple silhouette.