What is Korean Style?
Since Psy’s “Gangam Style” music video went viral in 2012, the world has fallen more and more in love with all things Korean. In 2017 we all have a basic understanding of Korean food, Korean makeup and skincare, and Korean pop music (Taeyeon, Jay Park, Crush). But there still seems to be a bit of confusion about what constitutes Korean style. Why, you ask. Koreans are obsessed with physical appearance, and therefore clothes are secondary and almost uniform-like (as you will see many women wearing the same ‘style formula’ over and over again). In this post, I aim to demystify Korean style, and help you put together a Korean outfits to wear this week.
Korean Style Vs American/European Style
- Korean fashion doesn’t rely on embellishments and accessories as heavily as European and American fashion.
- The average Korean outfit consists of classic wardrobe essentials.
- Western style focuses on layering; the most fashionable outfits in European and American culture are made up of multiple layers. Based on what I’ve seen, Koreans don’t layer more than two pieces of clothing.
- European and American fashionistas are often fixated on the visibility of logos, while Korean women prefer not to wear branded clothing as much (unless it’s a classic and understated logo like Nike or Adidas).
- The only prints that are present in K-style are nautical stripes, traditional plaids, and the odd floral print. In the Eurocentric fashion prints are celebrated, but solid coloured pieces are preferred in Korean streetstyle.
- Koreans have a more casual approach to fashion, and so you will see that many Korean outfits rely on canvas sneakers and practical footwear like classic loafers and boots. Don’t expect to see your favorite K-pop star in a pair of gladiator heels anytime soon!
Korean Outfit Style Formula
1. Sweatshirt +Denim Skirt + Canvas Sneakers
Wearing : Adidas Sweatshirt (similar) | River Island Denim Skirt (old) (similar – luxe) (similar – less)
2.Off the shoulder Top + Drop Earrings + Flared Jeans + Canvas Sneakers
Wearing: Queens Park Top (similar) | Vintage Drop Earrings |Flared Jeans (similar – luxe) (similar – less) | H&M Canvas Sneakers
Slacks + T-Shirt + (Cap) + Canvas Sneakers
Wearing: Zara Slacks (similar) | Topshop T-Shirt | H&M Canvas Sneakers
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