We’re going to call this post KOREAN FASHION WEEK! I’m so excited to share some Korean fashion trends with you. It felt like everyone I walked by on the street in Daegu had consulted the same catalogue while they got dressed in the morning. And I loved pretty much all the outfits I saw. Here we go!
Bows :: Bows in the hair, bows on the shirt, bows on the rain boots (check out last week’s Sunday Reflection).
Short shorts :: Koreans love to show off their legs. Whether that’s because they have great looking legs (they really do), or because they aren’t very “busty” up top (sorry, just a generalization!), I’m not sure.
High heels :: HIGH heels take on a new meaning in Korea. They were high, and some of them were a bit outlandish.
Loose, shapeless tops :: I RARELY saw a girl in a tight-fitting or low-cut shirt. Instead, they often wore really big, baggy shirts (usually paired with short shorts or tight pants). My guess is they’d prefer the emphasis to be on their legs. Also, they rarely showed their shoulders. Even in the high heat and humidity, you’d see a long-sleeved shirt way before you’d spot a tank top.
Baby doll-like tops :: This goes with the “cutesy” thing I talked about last week. There were lots of high-collared, pastel-colored blouses.
Neon :: The color palette was either really soft or really loud. Americans like neon workout clothes but Koreans like neon on anything and everything. Sometimes it was a small accent – other times it was a whole backpack or pair of pants.
Bangs :: I haven’t let my bangs down for a really long time. They were about 2 inches too long but I trimmed them and let them back down while I was in Korea because it felt like EVERYONE had bangs!!!
Thick-rimmed glasses :: Whether you need glasses or not, you need a pair if you live in Korea. And they sell fake glasses everywhere (I had to buy some!). Frame shapes varied – many would be considered oversized or goofy by American standards.
Like I said last week, Koreans are great at being adorable. If I had to describe the female look, I’d say it’s: “classy feminine cutesiness.” It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue but it’s all I’ve got. I didn’t have space to cover the men’s fashion, but I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into Korea:-)