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Moving to Korea: Different Fashion Trends

Posted on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

The fashion of Koreans is extremely versatile and different compared to other countries. For starters, sometimes you may not find a difference with men and women clothing in stores. The reason for that is because a lot of couples in Korea, not too far into their relationship together, will get couple outfits. This means that they are matching whereever they go. You would think that it would only be a matching tee shirt, but it goes as far as a whole matching wardrobe from head to toe. I mean from inner, outer to athletic wear. This may be a little too much for those who are not accustomed to the culture, especially for those who HATE matchy matchy. Quite frankly. I have a few friends who are against it, but I'm totally for it. I think it is the cutest thing ever, especially that a guy would be willing to do such a thing.

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Breaking free from the coupleswear, the fashion trends of Koreans is unique in its own way. Men and women are big fans of wearing frames without lenses. This is an extreme fashion sense that many do not understand, but it is totally cute. In fact, a lot of locals wear non-prescripted glass just for the style. After getting Lasek, I'm not going to lie, I am considering myself! In addition to the eyewear, they have extremely versatile fashion trends. One day you may see someone dress extremely professional, preppy, and the next you'll see a more street version, punkish look.


As we gear away from the unisex fashion senses and touch on the more individual fashion senses, for those of you who are in Korea, you will realize the unique culture of menswear. A lot of the men here are extremely skinny and tall and for this very reason, skinny jeans are their number one fashion go to. I'm talking extra skinny jeans, extremely tight fitting. It's a bit of a culture shock to those who are not used to it, but with time, you will adjust and see how men can be extremely fashionable with these skinny jeans. 

Women on the other hand are more likely to wear skirts, short skirts and shorts as a matter of fact. You will find that a lot of women in the work place wear skirts to work with high heels. It is extremely common. Occasionally you will see a woman wear an extremely short skirt for work, which is not that acceptable, but in Korea, it is a different story. For some reason, they would much rather show off their legs but cover up on top. In fact, you will even find that in the summers, there are rarely any arms showing from Koreans. If you should wear something sleeveless, you will see a lot of locals staring at you.

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In addition to the short bottoms, you will also notice that a lot of women dress up in a "cute" way. What I mean by this is accessorizing with headbands, pearls, and cute collared tops. The culture prefers more of an innocent look in contrast to a sexy look. Before you jump into a state of shock, just be ready for the extra cute, extra girly girls and skinny jeans of Korea. If these are your fashion trends, you'll definitely fit right in! I do recommend though, going for a couples outfit if you should have a significant other. It's definitely more acceptable here so you don't have to feel embarrassed at all!

Teach in South Korea!

Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.

Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer.

Tags: fashion in Korea, fashion trends, Korean trends, skinny jeans, couple outfits

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