Ever thought about wearing jogging pants on a day out with friends? What about wearing sneakers instead of heels on a date? Or trying on an all-pink outfit? These pieces may be completely basic and unimaginable when put together, but Koreans have a way of styling them that makes a whole new modern look out of anything ordinary. Here are some popular styles you need to try if you’re looking for some Korean fashion inspiration:
Koreans take their ripped denim seriously. It’s the perfect casual wear that can take you from day to night. Unsure on how to keep your tattered look polished? The key is to keep everything simple and make the jeans the highlight of your outfit. But then again, they are jeans, and there’s no concrete rule on how to wear them. But one thing’s for sure, wearing them with confidence will take your look to the next level.
Dress over blouse
This trend dominated last Spring/Summer and it seems like it’s not dying down any time soon. In Korea, exposing your shoulders or chest area is considered to be quite inappropriate, and most women find it uncomfortable to wear even if the weather is scorching hot, which is why this ’90s trend is making a comeback. K-celebrities also love this look!
Momo of TWICE
Pastel is big in Korean style because light colors are cute, youthful, and easy on the eyes. It also brightens up any look and matches the Spring season perfectly.
In Korea, the uniform has transformed from being a daily school wear to a modern every day look. An A-line skirt is a must, and is paired with a button down shirt or a simple long-sleeved top, beret, and loafers.
From beanies, baseball caps, berets, to bucket hats, and newsboy caps, head gear can complete any outfit, adding a little something extra to top off your look.
What’s great about Korean fashion is that it’s incredibly comfortable. Most of these essential pieces are non-restrictive and easy to wear. Over-sized pullovers make for an effortless, casual look.
Modern feminine blouse
Ruffled and lacy blouses are on trend in Korea because they add a soft, feminine touch to jeans. If you’re not the type who likes to wear dresses but still want to look “dressy,” then this item is a must in your closet staples.
Korea’s fashion trends are mostly inspired by streetwear, and athleisure is every young Korean’s first choice when it comes to daily or off-duty looks. Sweat pants and hoodies can be dressed down or up depending on the occasion. It’s also the perfect go-to outfit for the airport so you can travel comfortably and in style.
If you haven’t noticed already, most of these looks come with one essential item: sneakers. Whether it’s a feminine dress or wearable denim, sneakers add that cool Korean style factor to any look.
A nicely tailored plaid or black blazer is a good item to have in your wardrobe because you can wear it casually over jeans or bring it just in case you have an important work or school meeting.
For Koreans who are in relationships, fashion comes in two. For those who are unfamiliar with K-fashion, this might look a bit odd, cheesy, or too much. But for Koreans, this is just another way for lovebirds to show that they’re a perfect match while walking around the streets. All you need to do is wear a similar shirt, bottom, or either sneakers and coordinated colors with your special someone.
Koreans are experts at layering basics, mixing and matching whatever’s in their closet. So once you have these items, play around with basics and statement pieces to create a unique, chic outfit!
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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.