You have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of the impact Korea has had on music and entertainment and fashion trends and cultures in the last few years. With more and more fans gained by the K-pop community and more and more viewers of the endlessly engaging K-dramas, Korea has been taking the world by storm.
Because of all the attention that Korea has garnered due to its popularity on mainstream Western and Asian media, Korean fashion and makeup have also emerged as wildly popular among internet-savvy users of today, as is visible to anyone who owns a mobile phone and likes to scroll through Twitter, Instagram and the widely popular Korean trends on TikTok.
Korea is a land of diverse styles, where every individual adapts the trends into something that suits their quirky selves. This is why the country is big on quick fashion, where fads go big for a month or two and disappear as quickly as they emerged. It’s a lot to keep up with, but Korea is a fast-paced industry, and nothing stays the same for too long, not even their fashion trends.
Western pop culture has influenced Korean fashion greatly. This popularity is also hugely due to the popularity of K-pop idols such as BTS. Jungkook from BTS made headlines in 2019 when he wore a Hanbok, a traditional Korean outfit at the airport. The brand Zijangsa faced several server issues as their website was jammed by the surplus orders received. Clearly, fans couldn’t get enough.
This article is a primer of the Most Popular Korean fashion trends coming in 2021 so that you can be all set to look your best, most trending selves this year!
- The Traditional Hanbok- but make it Modern
It only makes sense to begin the article with a traditional Korean staple, especially after its shooting popularity since Jungkook donned it himself! While the traditional Hanbok is only worn on special occasions such as weddings, it’s the modern, spiced-up version of the Hanbok that people can’t get enough of.
The traditional Hanbok, while gorgeous, is very difficult to put on and uncomfortable to be in. It’s not exactly a practical outfit to wear. Modern fashion trends strive to change this same drawback, and the various modern interpretations such as the one with dainty skirts have us gawking. No kidding.
- Tennis Skirts outside of Sports!
Although tennis skirts existed way before and didn’t start in Korea, Korea was responsible for bringing these skirts’ popularity to life. But Seoul was where these pleated skirts gained popularity as a fashion trend.
Korean street fashion features tennis skirts extensively, as they can be styled in endless ways. They are comfortable and evergreen and a wardrobe must-have! Some people wear it with sweatshirts for a laid-back, casual look, and others prefer to go all bubbly with a cute crop top and plaid tennis skirts. Adorable!
- Street-Inspired Grunge
Korea’s streetwear trends have only shot up in the last couple of years, and all the credits go to popular K-pop idols the country knows and loves. It’s a common sight to spot not just fashion influencers but also common folk nailing streetwear trends.
These trends mostly contain baggy pants, oversized t-shirts, classy jackets, fanny packs, and even trendy bucket hats. The oversized fad has only begun recently because earlier Korean streetwear was very different. It’s an ever-changing fashion trend that people keep coming back to for how raw and direct it is.
4. Cargos and Joggers, Oversized is the hit!
Another heavy impact Western culture has had on Korean fashion trends is through the oversized joggers and cargo pants that have become a favorite among Korean youth. The best thing about this Fashion trend is that it’s androgynous, and gender has no restriction when it comes to pulling these off!
These Gorgeous Unisex Pants can be worn on any occasion, as casual loungewear, bold streetwear, and even special occasion wear.
Another popular trend that cargo pants have appeared in has been futuristic techwear which started gaining popularity this past year.
5. Elegant Puffed Sleeves
Puffed sleeves have a retro vibe that one just can’t resist. Korean fashion trends have taken them up a notch. This age-old trend has made a successful comeback. The style is very feminine and accentuates the upper female body elegantly.
There’s no denying that simplicity is one trait that the Koreans pull off effortlessly. Puffed sleeves are a sleeve style that can spruce up the daintiest of blouses and dresses.
Their fashion certainly makes no compromises when it comes to comfort.