It’s the start of 2018, which means it’s time to welcome new adventures, reignite work or school goals, and perhaps try a fresh new look. Whether it’s a simple haircut or a drastic, full-on head-to-toe makeover, facing the new year is definitely going to feel different once you change a thing or two. If you’re thinking about investing in a few new things to wear and looking for ideas on how to update your look, we’ve gathered some inspiration from Korean fashion, its stars and their cool essentials to hang in your closet!
Modern luxe: Ultraviolet
Pantone’s official color of the year is ultraviolet and there’s a lot of Korean stars already cashing in on this luxurious hue. As Pantone puts it, “Lush velvets in the color suggest intrigue for evening, but are also unexpectedly modern in athleisure or sneakers. In accessories, jewelry, and eyewear, ultraviolet suggests the complexities of natural gems, textures, and florals.” In short, ultraviolet is a very versatile color you can either dress up or dress down.
Kim Yoo Jung looked simple, fresh, and sophisticated in a lilac gown
Seolhyun and Block B’s Zico in striking sportswear
Seohyun’s bag makes a cute addition to any outfit!
K-pop is a thriving place for ultraviolet-inspired hair. Hani had pink and purple undertones, model Irene Kim sported a deep purple shade, and RM had candy hair
WINNER’s Mino had gray and faded purple shades
Padded long coats
This trend is probably too ubiquitous, but if you live in a country with a winter season, long padded coats are not only “in” but they’re also extremely helpful in warding off the cold.
TWICE’s Tzuyu and Sunmi
Wendy, Joy, and Seulgi of Red Velvet
Knits and textured pullovers
Speaking of cold, there are several ways to add some fun to your winter wardrobe like bright knits, argyle, and patterned pullovers.
ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo
Dresses for going out
Sheer and lace dresses are a no-fail choice for a night out, so it’s always good to have at least one in your closet. Velvet dresses may be a bit harder to pull off because of the heavy fabric, but it’s definitely a trend item for the stylishly bold and brave.
SinB, Jisoo, Nayeon
DIA’s Jung Chaeyeon, HyunA, and Han Ye Seul
Cross-body and statement bag
A small yet interesting bag can take you from day to night, while a standout bag can make a plain outfit extra special!
Sunmi always carries nice bags and she has great OOTD styles all over her Instagram!
Sooyoung is also known for her impeccable taste in style and her designer bag definitely took her look up a notch higher.
Checks, plaids, and patterns
It was all about the checked suits in the latter half of 2017, and it seems like the “it” textiles aren’t dying down, while plaid outfits are making a comeback!
Sonhee and Dawon of Cosmic Girls, BLACKPINK’s Jennie, and Shin Se Kyung
Lee Sung Kyung and Seohyun
Sungjong of INFINITE
Invest in comfy yet cool sneakers.
A leather beret is a nice addition to top off any look.
HyunA and BLACKPINK
This year, don’t be afraid of wearing colors! Make the year so much brighter and more fun, not just with a new style but also with a new outlook in life!
Hey Soompiers! Which Korean fashion trend item do you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!
DP_Kim is an English magazine and online writer and former stylist based in South Korea. Follow her Korean adventures at instagram.com/dianne_panda.