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How to Dress Like the Rich People in K-Dramas

"Artista shades" are a non-negotiable!
How to Dress Like the Rich People in K-Dramas
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"Artista shades" are a non-negotiable!

Apart from the interesting plots, what we love about K-dramas is, of course, the FASHION. Sure, most characters have a cool sense of style, but it’s really the wealthy characters you have to watch out for. They’re always sporting the trendiest clothes straight off the runway, making K-dramas fun fodder for every fashionista. But did you notice that they actually have a certain “look”? Just like in Western shows, the rich and famous in K-dramas wear certain pieces as a sign of their power and influence.

Here, we round up 10 essentials that rich, K-drama characters always wear:

1. Suits

Nothing spells power and influence like a good old suit for the gentlemen and a pantsuit for the ladies. It shows that you mean business—especially when the shoulders are a little oversized!

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2. Designer clothes 

No matter what their personalities are, you can bet that chaebols have wardrobes stocked with designer goodies, from classic finds to the season’s freshest picks. We usually see brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Bottega Veneta, among others. In fact, they love designer goods so much that they’ve had matchy-matchy instances numerous times!

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3. Fancy hair accessories

For some reason, posh and elegance are associated with fancy hair accessories—maybe it’s to do with preppy fashion. Well, there’s definitely no shortage of that in K-dramas! From headbands, barrettes, to luxurious hairpins, these accessories give off a dainty vibe that only solidifies their female prowess. Go get ‘em ladies!

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4. The ‘man perm’

Why is that monied male leads always sport wavy hair? We don’t know, but we’re guessing it’s because they have a lot of time on their hands for primping and such, or maybe it’s to present a fine, fancy appearance. Whatever the case, they love it and that’s all that matters! But then again, maybe it’s because their hair is full of secrets…

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5. Jacket draped over the shoulders

Whether you’re as rich as a chaebol or not, we’re pretty sure you’ve tried casually draping your jacket over your shoulders like a cape. Heiresses probably love doing this trick because it exudes an insouciant yet aggressive aura—how else will they ward off those who would dare stand in their way?

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6. Fur and pearls

Perhaps as a nod to the quintessential classy look of the early 1900s and beyond, the wealthy ahjummas in K-dramas love wearing the fur and pearls combo. It totally works because it gives off that “I’m not easy to please” vibe that they’re trying to evoke. It’s the only way to get your daughter to marry the right man!

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7. Winged eyeliner

Speaking of ahjummas (and maybe crazy mothers-in-law), one crucial element to nailing that look in K-dramas is a fierce cat-eye or winged eyeliner. The thicker, the better. How else will you stare down the guy trying to woo your daughter? You’ve already got someone else in mind for her!

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8. Oversized sunnies

Whether they’re out to make a business deal or are going undercover for a secret mission, one weapon that the K-drama elite can’t leave the house without is a pair of dark sunnies. You know, those large, bug-eyed ones that are often associated with celebrities. It’s the only way to conceal their covert affairs!

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9. Designer bags

Of course, a fabulous outfit isn’t complete without a designer bag to boot! It’s practically a non-negotiable. The bags, like the rest of their expensive belongings, may act as status symbols, but it’s also a way for them to express their unique styles! (This is where they get to carry their secrets, too.)

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10. Jewelry

As Marilyn Monroe once sang, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Well, our favorite K-drama rich kids surely take this to heart. So much so that they even wear expensive jewelry with their “casual” outfits! Guess it’s a way for them to outshine the other chaebols across the street.

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