If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you might have at least seen a K-Drama or heard a K-Pop song or two. With the internet making K-content just readily available to stream (with subtitles!), we can’t help but fall in love with Korean fashion, beauty, or media.
One thing that stands out when you get sucked into the Hallyu wave is the fashion. Korean actresses and idols have such a distinct sense of style that’s undeniably trendy but chic. If you’re looking to dress like one of your biases, here are a slew of looks you should definitely consider trying for your next OOTD. We promise you, your friends and followers would definitely double-tap these!
Make it Sweet, Wear a Sweater!
Because of Korea’s weather, our favorite actors and idols wear a lot of sweaters. Casual or dressy, sweaters of different styles are always a staple. Whether it's a knitted, collared, tight, or loose iteration, our favorites are always seen wearing one, and they never run out of outfit combinations!
Red Velvet’s Joy
Joy is seen wearing a gray collared sweater with jeans and a white baguette. A classic “off duty” look anyone can cop!
For a pop of color, you could opt to go for a colorful sweater like Solar. An orange sweater underneath a brown turtleneck looks especially cute when paired with a plaid printed skirt and boots. A warm splash of color for a chilly day!
Another look you could go for is a sweater dress with a tank top underneath. Add a belt to cinch your waist to create a more hourglass shape—although this ‘fit looks equally as good without it.
Care for a Cardigan?
Similar to sweaters, cardigans are always worn by your fave Korean stars. It’s a chic transitional piece that can take you from cool days out to relatively warmer climates that aren’t too humid. The beauty of this outerwear is that you can wear it alone when buttoned up! Luckily for us, these celebs have such clever styling tips to cop so you’ll never run out of ideas.
Known for her powerful dancing, Lisa also has a cool personal style. Wear your cardigan as a top like the Thai idol and pair it with a classic pair of blue jeans, white sneakers, and a fuss-free baguette bag.
Kim Yoo Jung
Known for her work with actor Ji Chang Wook for Backstreet Rookie fashioned a cardigan in a different style. She wore a short-sleeved cardigan that matched her top and paired it with jeans. For another look, she went with another coordinated cardigan look. This time over a short tie-dye cotton knit dress and chunky white boots.
Park Min Young
Known to most as Secretary Kim, actress Park Min Young in real life dresses quite similar to her iconic on-screen character. Very lady-like, she paired her green cardigan (that she also wore all buttoned up as a top) with a long floral green skirt.
Boss It Up with a Blazer!
Blazers will never go out of style, and for a good reason. Any outfit you pair with a blazer will instantly look put together. A testament seen and proven by your fave actors and idols. Don’t believe it yet? Let these looks convince you.
Lee Sung Kyung
Actress and model Lee Sung Kyung best known to most as Kim Bok-Joo has quite the personal style. Among the many stylish OOTDs she’s posted on her Instagram account @heybiblee, this tailored suit with a white bandeau definitely stands out.
You don’t have to wear your blazers just to formal events. This was proven by Sowon of Gfriend as she wore her pink blazer with a white shirt and denim bermudas.
F(X)’s Krsytal Jung
Actress and idol Krystal Jung is undeniably one of the IT girls of K-pop. Hence her style is well-loved by a lot of fans. For this formal look, Krystal wore a vest as a top under her structured blazer and finished off the look with matching high-waist trousers.
Leave the Leather Jacket On
Leather jackets may not be the most affordable, but it will always be worth it to invest in one if you want to make a statement. These stars know exactly how versatile this iconic jacket is, and they’ll definitely convince you to find one for yourself!
Lee Ho Jung
The actress and model most known for her recent portrayal as Yoon Sol in Nevetheless is an underrated style icon. One of the items she’s often seen wearing is a leather jacket. In one of her posts, she paired her leather jacket with a plain white shirt, Adidas track pants, AF1 sneakers, and aviators giving her that strong girl crush vibe.
You can’t go wrong with an all-black ‘fit if you’re not a fan of color! The trick is to show off a sliver of skin with a cropped top like Karina.
Han So Hee
You can’t go wrong with an oversized leather jacket! The best part? You can wear it as a dress if it’s long enough, too! We love how Han So Hee opted for this dressed down look that’s both cool and classy.
No Sweat with Sweater Vests
If you’ve been following a couple of actors or idols on Instagram, you will come to see they have a knack for layering sweater vests over shirts or wearing them as is. Safe to say we love the comeback of this preppy piece!
Known to have a very elegant and feminine style on stage, that eventually led her to become one of Dior’s ambassadors, the star opted to style her sweater vest over a crisp button-down shirt. She then finished off the look with a structured handbag and a pair of white sneakers.
Red Velvet’s Seulgi
Seulgi is one of the many idols that’s been seen wearing a sweater vest on multiple occasions. But for this specific look, she’s styled her orange sweater vest with a white button-down underneath and a black skirt that gave off a strong “preppy academia” vibe.
A boxy sweater vest can transform your ‘fit entirely! Here we see a version of Seulgi’s outfit combo but with more relaxed pieces. We love Yerin’s youthful take that matches her adorable beauty look.
Never Over Oversized Tees
Korean oversized streetwear is one of the most prominent trends that both actors and actresses have sported over the years. Take notes from these ladies if you want to bring out your inner cool girl.
The Twice members all have a distinct personal style unique to their own, but Momo is one of the members known to dress comfortably which is why it is not a surprise she's been seen sporting an oversized shirt with sweatpants on the daily. But to balance out the nonchalance of her look, she always opts to keep her hair and makeup put-together to avoid looking drab.
An oversized shirt just looks so good when tucked into high-waisted wide-leg jeans. The silhouette is ultimately flattering and gives more attention to your midsection while elongating your legs. And who wouldn’t want that?
Feel Flirty in Flowy Dresses
A pretty midi dress can take you places. The best part? They’re easy to throw on and are so comfortable to wear. Just be sure to pick one that allows you to move around freely no matter what you’re doing for the day. As far as Korean celebs are concerned, a piece with puff-sleeves or a floral print is always a good idea.
Moon Ga Young
A true beauty indeed, the actress looked like a vision wearing her long sleeved flowy floral dress by the beach. What do we love about her look? The ruffles that add some interesting details to the ‘fit!
Jennis has an undeniably badass personal style on and off stage. But there are days she chooses to dress sweet. And when she does, she still pretty much nails it. This cinched summer dress definitely makes the star look all grown-up, and it’s the perfect summer ‘fit to try for a chill weekend out!
Playfully Sweet Peter Pan collars
Another key-item Korean actors and idols are seen to wear often are Peter Pan collared blouses for a playful and sweet look.
If you want a look that shows off some stylish innocence, a mini dress with a Peter Pan collar will definitely do the trick. Cop Nancy’s style formula and keep your beauty look simple for a more youthful appearance.
Ji Jin Hee
The actress known for her role as Yoo Jenny in the smash hit Penthouse: War on Life looked so cute in her powder blue long-sleeved Peter Pan collared top that she wore with a floral printed skirt and a white canvas bag.
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