If you’ve fallen into the rabbit hole of K-dramas or K-pop, you’ve most probably noticed how important fashion is to success of the character, series, or a singer/rapper’s career or overall image. There’s no denying Korean fashion has become quite the behemoth in the global fashion scene—whether it's brands like Gentle Monster or Yuul Yie, and stylish celebrities like Song Hye Kyo or girl group BLACKPINK, who have become important ambassadors for luxury labels.
The beauty of Korean fashion is that it has many aesthetics. There’s obviously a distinct streetwear look, which most K-pop stars flaunt, while actresses opt for a daintier sense of style that’s still quite modern and fresh. Without a doubt, this soft feminine look that’s been coined in K-dramas has become a big hit among Pinays. So much in fact that local actresses like Anne Curtis and Kristel Fulgar have bought in and have tried to mimic it for their daily OOTDs.
One K-style formula that keeps popping up on Pinterest and Instagram is an outfit featuring a pretty dainty dresses. There’s a lot of reasons why this look has won the hearts of many. Who doesn’t want to look like a real-life K-drama lead? Or dress like it’s always a beauty summer day out in a flower field? But if you have no idea how to put together a sweet ‘fit like this, we’ve got you covered.
10 Stylish Korean-Inspired Outfits in Dresses
Remember, the key to pulling off an outfit like this is to keep things simple. Opt for silhouettes that are less sexy and more cute; modest versus something revealing. And when it comes to shoes, store those high heels for a sec because flats and low heels are much preferred.
1. T-shirt + Strappy Dress + Sneakers + Canvas Bag
This is a quintessential K-style formula that you should definitely try. This is perfect for summery days when you don’t really want to show off too much skin.
2. Cardigan + Thin-Strapped Dress + Sneakers + Tiny Bag
Sneakers will definitely come up in this list a lot! Koreans value comfort as much as style and they wouldn’t want to sacrifice one for the other. We recommend this combo for petite girls if you want to look a little taller, since the key to this look is picking a mini dress that falls right by your mid-thigh.
3. A-Line Puff-Sleeve Dress + Ballet Flats
Though one can say that this outfit is perfect for the summer, we’d like to suggest that you can actually wear it any time of the year! This look is a foolproof way to look put-together and fresh without trying too hard. Be sure to pick a frock in a sweet gingham or dainty floral print in a pastel or muted hue.
4. Collared Tent Dress + Sneakers
A tent dress is the way to go if you’d like to look fresh and comfy the whole day! Pair with white sneakers for a casual look you can wear any day of the week.
5. Floral Midi Dress + Low Heels
If you want to nail this K-style aesthetic, you better invest in a pretty floral dress! Be sure to shop for one with frilly trims and puff-sleeves for an overall romantic look.
6. Wrap Midi Dress + Shoulder Bag + Slides/Sandals
The key to pulling off this look is to pick a dress in a nice pastel hue! Opt for lavender, baby blue, and muted pink to look more sophisticated rather than juvenile. Be sure that the skirt also flares out into an A-line for a flattering shape!
7. Button-Down Midi Dress + Chunky Sneakers + Backpack
Koreans love creating a slimming silhouette using oversized pieces. Opt for a button-down dress that’s loose and flowy but can be cinched by the waist if you prefer to create more of an hourglass shape. A backpack and chunky sneaks then makes the ‘fit more casual and cool.
8. Printed Midi Dress + Shoulder Bag + Boots
Midi dresses are a closet must-have in this round-up, if you haven’t noticed yet! This style aesthetic values modesty a lot so be sure to shop for frocks with sleeves. A great way to modernize this classic dress silhouette is to pair them with sock boots or boxy Chelsea boots to keep your outfit from looking dated.
9. Turtleneck + Mini Dress + Beret + Socks + Flats
Luckily, there are times in a year when you can wear this outfit in Manila! When the amihan winds come around, whip out your favorite turtle neck and midi dress! For warmer days you can forego the socks, but be sure to keep the beret on for a sweet look!
10. Button-Down + A-Line Midi Dress + Beret + Boots
This is a clever way to layer with your typical office button-down shirt! Dress up by throwing on a strappy or tube midi dress that flares out. Add on na beret and finish with a pair of sleek boots to complete your look. Trust us, all eyes will be on you.
Where to Shop for Korean-Style Dresses
This aesthetic requires you to broaden your list of stores when it comes to shopping. Luckily, these three websites will provide you with no fail options to complete your look.
The internet favorite shopping destination for Korean-inspired fashion can’t get more authentic than YesStyle. The site ships straight from Korea and carries the latest trends that are straight out your favorite K-dramas.
Though SHEIN is a western site, their in-house brand DAZY carries styles inspired by Korean streetwear and casual wear! This is the brand to shop if you want those adorable babydoll dresses at an affordable price but great quality.
This local domain promises to deliver authentic Korean-made pieces straight to your door step! Though the styles to shop are a little limited, you can be sure of the quality.
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