If you’re a lover of K-Dramas, you must love everything about Korean street fashion. These guys aren’t only talented at producing Netflix blockbusters. They’ve got a style sense evident in their movie costumes and culture as a whole.
Now, Korean fashion is gaining traction, spreading its tenets into the world. And we have the proliferation of Korean movies and music, the Internet, and the fast-growing pace of the Korean fashion industry to thank for that.
As the world keeps crunching into one global village, one good way to become a part of it is fashion.
And if Korean street style has been on your fashion bucket list, get ready to tick it off.
Right here in this article, you’ll learn how to pull off your favorite K-drama actor’s look.
So, get ready to take notes and keep your screenshot button active.
Let’s dive in.
A Sneak Peek Into Korean Street Fashion
Korean street style evokes comfort and youthfulness. It’s relaxed like most streetwear outfits and doesn’t in any way constrict your body movements.
Many of the clothes that make up this style are androgynous as both sexes can wear them anytime, any day. They aren’t gender-specific. Also, they fit into hip hop, punk, rock, and other music genres.
As K-dramas, K-movies, and K-pop continue to spread, K-fashion is becoming one of the world’s best.
You can tell Korean entertainment stars love fashion. A look at the music bands, BTS and Black Pink, proves this. in fact, they, alongside K-drama actors, contributed to K-fashion going mainstream.
But their contribution would be non-existent but for the efforts of Korean fashion designers ruling the dress-up industry.
These designers fuse western styles with contemporary Asian culture to birth pieces that gain global acclaim. As a result, Seoul has become one of the top fashion capitals around the world. Little wonder the best street style at Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2021 comprised fashion-forward outfits.
An important word to keep at the back of your mind when expressing this style is comfort.
Now, let’s see how it plays out.
10 Wardrobe Staples Needed to Pull Off Korean Street Fashion
Bored of your regular mode of dressing and would love to imitate your favorite K-Pop stars? Not a problem then.
Simply add any of these items to your wardrobe and combine them as you’ve seen.
1. Ribbed Shirt
This is one unisex top popular in Korea. Ribbed shirts are tops covered in rows of vertical lines. They mostly come as T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans, or jackets.
These shirts are stretchier and more fitted than other knitwear.
You can go for a tight or loose-fitting one depending on your style. And pair them with jeans, skirts, or any kind of bottom.
Every type of jeans fits into K-fashion street style. From baggy to ripped, boyfriend, straight-cut, etc., a nice pair of jeans is a must-have staple to pull off an urban Korean look.
3. Denim Dungarees
Yes! Korean fashionistas love denim dungarees and they sure know how to style them.
With a nice shirt, crop top, or even a ribbed shirt, you can create a denim overall look that depicts K-fashion style.
Ready to give this a shot? Look up our style guide on dungarees for inspo.
4. Neutral Colors
One thing I’ve come to admire about K-stars is the way they rock white, beige, black, and other neutral colours like they are actually wearing more colors.
Although Koreans aren’t afraid to wear more colors, be they bold or pastel, they love neutrals.
So, if you’re ready to emulate them, give neutral colors a chance. Wear more all-white outfits and black ensembles. You’ll have an aura of K-style surround you.
5. Oversized Clothes
Since Koreans love things comfy, they opt for loose clothing such as oversized sweatshirts, tees, pants, hoodies, jackets, sweaters, etc.
They are breathable and offer you comfort and style at a go.
Wanna head to the gym or take a walk down the street? Wanna go on a vacation or even a date? If it’s Korean street fashion, then joggers are multifunctional activewear.
You can even wear them to sit out with your date. It doesn’t matter when it comes to K-fashion so long as the dress code is casual.
It’s street style, remember? And sneakers are a major part of streetwear outfits.
As you know, sneakers keep you on the go. And when the style is Korean street fashion, pair your sneakers with any item on this list and get going.
8. Ankle Pants
Pretty sure you must have seen your favorite Korean male celeb rock this. Ankle pants are great for men looking to give onlookers a sneak peek at their legs.
Moreso, they’re fashionable and can be paired with any shirt or even donned as a suit.
Wear them with any of the formal shoes for men and be sure to leave the ladies drooling like they do to Lee Min Ho, Cha Hyun-woo, and other suave K-celebrities.
9. Long Coats
This list wouldn’t be complete without trench coats and other long coats. Koreans love to layer and this is one outerwear that comes in handy when it’s time to layer your outfits in cold climes.
Koreans know this and always have at least one in their wardrobe. You too should do the same.
Speaking about layering, blazers are a must-have not just to pull off Korean style but to also look good.
Other must-have fashion items to pull of Korean street fashion are chunky shoes, tees, cargo pants, crop tops, ruffle tops, hats, wide-leg pants, mini skirts, statement sunglasses, etc.
Also, women in this part of the world love to pull off a schoolgirl look. And to achieve this, they pair their mini A-line skirts with a beret, a pair of loafers, and a button-down shirt, turtleneck, or a long-sleeved sweater.
They also layer their tops with a dress underneath as exposing your shoulders or bust region is inappropriate in Korea.
Furthermore, another thing peculiar about Korean street style is their love for public display of affection.
And no, I don’t mean they just hold hands and hug in public. Their display of affection goes beyond that as lovebirds wear matching outfits for couples.
This itself, is a definite yet subtle way to express love without speaking.
Would you love to wear coordinated outfits with your lover or any of your loved ones? We have a style guide on matching outfits as a whole. Feel free to check it out.