What do we have in common between Milan, Paris, New York, London and Tokyo? They are all part of the most important cities in terms of fashion.
But nowadays, more and more fashion hubs are forming around the world to challenge these cities. Among them is Seoul , the capital of South Korea .
It hosts the hugely popular fashion week twice a year. Fashion has always been a part of Korean culture , but it has never been more important (or popular) than it is today. Its creators are increasingly known around the world and to the general public in Seoul and elsewhere in Korea? They are known for their impeccable sense of fashion in everyday life for both men and women.
Harmony and a sense of community are important traditional values in Korea and you can see the crossover even in Korean fashion . This means that although there are hundreds of thousands of stores all over Korea, many of them sell the same style of clothing . In any case, very similar clothes. This is also partly due to the fact that many clothing stores , especially smaller ones, use local manufacturers. This can limit the variety of stores.
But that doesn't mean everyone on the streets of Korea wears the same outfit. While many share the same sense of Korean Style , there are also marked differences in this style. Let's look at the different types of Korean style in Korean fashion.
While this particular style is not limited to those hanging out in the Hongdae area, it is the most common. In general, it is more common in young people in their twenties. It's kind of a casual streetwear look, blending the aesthetics of rock and hip-hop . The top, in particular, is often wide and tall in an oversized style, but men also like the relaxed pants and shorts to go with it. Although it's a very unisex look, the girls wear dresses and skirts that go well with the ulzzang look, too. Girls also like to mix more colors in their outfits instead of sticking to the predominance of black every time. Otherwise, this look is popular with both men and women. You can easily buy this look at the many stores on the streets of Hongdae, or order our Korean Style collection online from the KPOP Store.
Although Koreans are not deeply religious, their values are rooted in conservatism. So, to some extent, women are expected to act and look pure, or at least have class . This means that it is frowned upon for Korean women to dress too revealingly, especially in the upper part. In other words: cover your shoulders, chest and belly. Better yet, don't wear clothes with bare backs.
Of course, the rules on this are becoming more lax as Korean fashion and trends for Korean women evolve. Even though you won't see many women wearing backless tops or tank tops, a lot of them still love this style these days. And although the chest remains covered, tops like this have become a big trend. They are especially popular for pairing with high-waisted pants, shorts, and skirts.
On the other hand, the trend has been absolutely towards miniaturization of the lower body in Korea for many years. And there doesn't seem to be any short-term change! Mini skirts, short shorts and mini dresses are definitely in style. Unfortunately, this poses a problem for girls with slightly wider hips or bigger buttocks, as the hemlines may even be too short for them to wear. But if Korean women like to show their legs, they usually wear underwear (or skirts are equipped with them), to protect themselves from showing a little too much.
Skirts are usually either tennis skirts or bodysuit skirts, in either case they are usually high waisted. For shorts, denim shorts are particularly popular.
From tops to coats, and pants to dresses, Korean women love to wear big and baggy clothes to hide their shapes. They are particularly popular for casual wear, existing even in the form of pant dresses, and focused on maximum comfort. They also provide a cute yet effortless look . Many women like to combine oversized Korean clothing with something tighter , usually a loose t-shirt, blouse or sweater, with jeans or a tight skirt. Others may wear an oversized top with a loose bottom, which is another popular type of Korean style that is gaining popularity among Koreans.
By following the idea that you should not show the shoulders or show a little too much in the chest area, thin clothes were born. And by thin clothing, we mean wearing a simple t-shirt or long-sleeved top under a strappy dress . Girls can either mix and match however they like or find easily doable sets on sale at any boutique, usually at low prices. And that's not the only way they do this ensemble style. You can do it any way you can imagine! Even lace dresses over pants are possible!
As you may already know, in Korea you wear a school uniform for all your school years. But this school uniform is also part of everyday Korean fashion, especially for women. The integral part of this look is the lined skirt , which can be in a single color or in a plaid pattern . The possibilities of combining it are almost limitless, from a simple T-shirt to a cardigan over the shirt.
And of course, it's a fashion statement in its own right when a couple in Korea wear matching clothes . It is quite normal in Korea for couples to not only buy one item to match the other , but also complete outfits, from backpacks to shoes! So if you ever get a Korean bae, maybe that's a trend you'll be part of too?
What is your favorite Korean style and what is the most stylish Korean you know?