As the country's first female prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra is accustomed to having her wardrobe put in the spotlight, and in 2012, the premier's style choices - from makeup, hair styles to outfits - often ended up in the news.
The dress which Ms Yingluck wore during the reception of US President Barack Obama in November.
Her style can be deemed a combination of her background in business - Ms Yingluck was a top executive at SC Assets before she entered politics - and years of growing up in a silk manufacturing empire owned by her family.
Ms Yingluck has evolved her choice of wardrobe from business skirt suits in conventional navy and black wool, to coloured Thai silk.
"I think it's a good transition," Maruwut Buranasilpin, a fashion blogger and designer, said.
"She chose to communicate Thainess through the use of Thai silk, which is an effective way to communicate visually," he said.
Ms Yingluck may have a penchant for traditional materials like Thai silk for both daytime and evening events, but her design choices are nothing close to conventional.
Ms Yingluck has successfully mixed a business-like feel with tradition-inspired fabric, creating outfits made from silk that strive to be modern enough to befit an active career woman, rather than senior high-society ladies with whom Thai silk has long been associated.
A few outfits stand out as examples.
When Ms Yingluck received Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao at Government House last month, she stepped out in a collarless patchwork skirt suit in which she combined ikat or pattern-dyed silk, with solid grey fabric for the jacket.
When she welcomed United States President Barack Obama, Ms Yingluck teamed a burgundy silk skirt with another jacket in silk ikat.
The top features what appears to be a cross between a Queen Anne neckline and a sweetheart neckline, a patchwork of solid red fabric, finished with metallic and mauve trimmings plus a portion of brownish-gold scarf inserted through a large buttonhole.
Another prime ministerial way with silk, which marked her mid-2012 signature style, is layering a silk blazer over a solid-colour blouse, with only one button of the blazer fastened.
While some observers noted that this look best complemented Ms Yingluck's statuesque figure, the premier seemed to forsake it after she wore a nude blouse under an orange silk skirt suit with lace details on both sleeves during her visit to Germany.
However, the ensemble drew mockery from Democrat MP Thepthai Senapong.
Ms Yingluck turned to a silk jacket and skirt ensemble with particular attention to collars and elaborate details after that.
"I think she's trying to modernise the fabric with details like big collars and ruffles. She wants to make silk younger and less conventional," said T-ra Chantasawasdee, founder of the fashion brand T-ra and a university lecturer.
While Mr T-ra admired the PM's choice of Thai silk, he suggested it would look even better if Ms Yingluck were to focus on the immaculate pattern of a dress instead of adding over-the-top details.
"I'm happy she has switched from business skirt suits to silk ones but modernising a suit isn't about giant collars or splashy details. She should hire designers with a good sense of tailoring and pattern-making, those who can create suits from silk that look both modern and elegant."
The premier arrives for a cabinet meeting in a plain but elegant suit.
Ms Yingluck’s business background can still be seen in the selection of her outfits.
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- Writer: Samila Wenin
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