Even though not everyone is a fan, we’ve all heard about this. The iconic Korean pop culture or most commonly known as “K-Pop.” First, it was just a genre of popular music originating from Korea, being sung and danced to by K-Pop groups. It spread throughout Korea and in a few years, the whole world. What was once just a music genre became a worldwide phenomenon.
Now, we are seeing the impeccable rise of Korean pop culture. They’ve top local and global charts, sells of a 90,000-seater stadium, performed at international music shows, and has become a large asset of Korea’s economy and culture. Their influence didn’t stop on music alone and has ventured into something equally popular and universal. Fashion.
They didn’t just enter mainstream fashion but have completely dominated luxury brands, like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, and Armani, by becoming their “face” and ambassadors and being invited to sit front row on international fashion weeks. Face, personality, and clothes, K-Pop idols all seem so expensive. But if you’re interested in their fashion style, you don’t need to pressure yourself into these luxury brands. Remember, K-Pop idols are humans too, and despite being dressed head to toe by overly priced clothing items for events and music shows, they too have their own personality and style in terms of casual fashion.
Casual K-Pop Fashion Trends
This particular fashion trend is actually fairly easy to style. These are actually the clothes that you can find and purchase easily mainly because they are so basic and most probably cheaper than any other fashion style out there.
Still heavily influenced by the ulzzang culture way back in 2000’s, a K-pop idol’s casual wear is actually just… simple clothes. Sure, their face and bodies make it feel like as if it’s not casual, but really I’m telling you, the clothes you have in your closet right now doesn’t stray that far from what they have in theirs.
I’m going to give you the most commonly seen basic clothing items that K-pop idols have as their everyday staple.
A White T-shirt
I personally don’t believe that you have truly gotten down to the basics if you don’t have a few dozen pieces of white shirts in your closet. You can wear them every single day and no one will bat an eye. It’s the easiest to style and is a perfect match for all kinds of bottoms and footwear.
The best thing about Korean fashion is that it prioritizes comfort the most. You rarely see a trend that makes you feel uncomfortable just by looking at it. And of course, here comes the most comfortable piece of clothing mankind has ever made. Oversized sweatshirts. Yup, the kind that drowns your entire frame. And who in the world doesn’t love sweater paws? They warm your hands and they look absolutely cute!
Ripped jeans have been around since forever but have hit the millennial fashion market back in 2018. Since then it has been a permanent occupant of everyone’s closet. It can be used for both night and day looks and since ripped jeans are still technically, jeans, it looks great paired with every possible shirts and blouse.
The term “athleisure” hasn’t been around for long but the trend has actually been thriving for a few years now and is defined as a hybrid clothing. Athletic wear such as sweatpants, sweatshirts and sportbras, which are commonly seen at gyms and are used for exercising are now present at casual outings.
Who doesn’t love a good pair of sneakers for everyday, every occasion use? I know I do! Even though there are instances that you might see a different footwear from your favorite K-pop idols, most of the time they just use their trusty sneakers for going out with friends or for even flying out of the country.
See? It doesn’t take that much too dress like your favorite Kpop in a casual day! After all, like all of us, they would want to wear simple and basic clothes too after all of the glitz and glam. But, if you’re feeling a little extra, a little bit more inspired than a usual day and you want to dress up completely in a different style. I got you! After all the casualness of airport fashion and that photo-op right before a music show, our Kpop idols are glammed head to toe in clothes completely different from what they wore.
Here is a list of trendy Kpop stage outfits that might inspire you.
Colors and Summer
If the weather looks extra fine, why not go for the whole summer look? Grab your perfect fit short shorts and rock that crop top! A thin floral cover-up is perfect to spice up the look. Watch as you turn heads and claim that summer is yours.
Go back and go Retro
It might not be an easy outfit to pull off but with the right mix and match of bold colors and pattern, a retro themed outfit is an absolute game changer. For elders, you are a walking memory down the lane and will help them relieve their young tender moment where they used to party all night.
Sexy and Classy
You might be getting ready for a night-out with the girls and you are feeling confident, sexy and alluring. Short wrap-up dresses are perfect to accentuate your waist and show off that long legs. Paired it off with a bold eye make-up and be the belle of the ball.
Maybe you’ve been a few years out of university but it always feels good to look back. It might be weird to wear your uniform but you can always recreate it! Grab your handy-dandy button up white shirt and paired it off with either a varsity jacket or a knitted vest.
All that Lace
Do you want to show a bit of skin but not really? I bet lace is the perfect one for you! It’s enough to be considered sexy but not exactly showy. If you’re the type of girl that’s a bit conservative but wants to show a bit of your other side, a lace blouse or dress is enough to tell everyone that you are not who they thought you are!
Inspired? Not yet? Well, I have more for you!
If you’ve ever travelled, you’d know that your outfit will make or break your flying experience. If it’s a short flight, you can dress up all you want, it’s not going to be that bad. But If you’re going to sit for hours on end, you have to make sure your clothes are as comfortable as possible. That is supposed to be case with Kpop idols however, there’s this thing called “airport fashion” in the Kpop realm.
Kpop idols travelling out and in back to the country often has fansites and news channels’ waiting for them with cameras at hand. That’s why it has become a trend for Kpop stars to still dress up as casually but stylishly as they can.
If you want to turn heads at the airport, here are some airport fashion styles inspired by your favorite Kpop idols.
You can never go wrong with an everyday sweatpants, jeans, tees and sneakers for your travelling outfit. It’s comfortable and you won’t be feeling bothered all throughout your flight.
If you’re not the cold type and can withstand the freezing air condition from the airplane, go ahead and bare those legs! Not only is it super casual but is lowkey fashionable too.
Now, you might be thinking. Isn’t that a bit too uncomfortable to be wearing inside the plane? How will they survive sitting for long hours with that? Kpop idols who go all out with their airport fashion usually have very strong reason to do so. Some, are on their way to a brand event and the glammed airport fashion can be considered a teaser or a simple way of endorsing the brand.
For others, it might just be pure airport fashion. But worry not! It is believed that Kpop idols would usually change into more comfortable clothing once they are inside the plane and change back when landing to their destination. Sometimes, it’s all just for the cameras.
Are you now feeling inspired? I hope you are! Be inspired and dress to impress! Have heads turning for you with these Kpop inspired fashion style.