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5 Different K-Fashion Aesthetics

5 Different K-Fashion Aesthetics

Korean fashion is a broad term, and there are many styles and aesthetics that can be found within the spectrum of K-fashion. While most of us should be familiar with the hypebeast and elegant chic styles, let’s take a look at 5 other style aesthetics that can be seen in K-fashion.

Retro

When it comes to retro fashion, bright colours immediately come to mind. The more colourful your outfit is, the better—and don’t be worried about mixing colours that aren’t usually worn together. 

Colourful retro jacket

An explosion of colours fits the retro 80s aesthetic. Doesn't it remind you of the Reply 1988 kdrama? / Image: Pinterest

A bright coloured t-shirt underneath an equally bright coloured sports jacket is a classic retro look.

ADLV Retro Track Jacket White

ADLV Retro Track Jacket White, retailing at sgd185 at StyleupK

Retro striped top

Stripes of different colours and thickness give off a retro vibe / Image: Pinterest

Stripes are not only in trend for the summer, they also have a distinctly retro vibe.

Guess Retro Stripe Semi Oversized T-shirt

Guess Retro Stripe Semi Oversized T-shirt, retailing at sgd75 at StyleupK

Grunge

If retro is all about colour, then grunge is all about the lack of colour. All-black outfits are a defining characteristic of the grunge aesthetic.

Grungy all-black outfit

Decked out in black from head to toe / Image: Pinterest

Bucket hats and cargo pants are staples in the grunge style for their mysterious and tough vibe.

ADLV x Simpsons Bart Bucket Hat Black

ADLV x Simpsons Bart Bucket Hat Black, retailing at sgd89 at StyleupK

ADLV String Cargo Pants Dark Grey

ADLV String Cargo Pants Dark Grey, retailing at sgd145 at StyleupK

Grungy scuffed sneakers outfit

Scuffed and dirty sneakers only add to the grunge vibes / Image: Instagram

If you’re not a fan of wearing hats, you can wear a black hoodie instead. IAMNOTAHUMANBEING is a Korean streetwear brand that has a distinctively grungy style, and throwing on any one of their hoodies is the first step to achieving the grunge look.

I Am Not A Human Being Logo Oversized Hoodie in Black

I Am Not A Human Being Logo Oversized Hoodie in Black, retailing at sgd89 at StyleupK

I Am Not A Human Being Pocket Detail Sweatpants in Black

I Am Not A Human Being Pocket Detail Sweatpants in Black, retailing at sgd85 at StyleupK

Boyfriend Look

The boyfriend look is all about wearing clothes that look like they belong to your boyfriend, so oversized fits are essential for this aesthetic.

Cosy oversized hoodie

Oversized hoodies look cosy and huggable / Image: Pinterest

For optimal boyfriend vibes, wear your oversized hoodie untucked while wearing shorter length bottoms (either shorts or a skirt). While it may look less put together than tucking it in, casual is what the boyfriend look is all about!

CPGN Studio Pinocchio Puppet Oversized Hoodie in Grey

CPGN Studio Pinocchio Puppet Oversized Hoodie in Grey, retailing at sgd75 at StyleupK

If you’re a fan of Seo Kangjoon, CPGN Studio’s Pinocchio hoodie is perfect for you, as he has been seen wearing that exact hoodie before.

Seo Kangjoon in CPGN Studio’s Pinocchio Hoodie

Seo Kangjoon wearing CPGN Studio’s Pinocchio Hoodie in Grey / Image: Daum

Oversized outershirt boyfriend look

Put on an oversized outershirt for a more put together look while retaining the boyfriend vibes / Image: Twitter

Checkered shirts are also popular boyfriend looks—but make sure that they’re oversized! The looser the clothes are, the more effective the boyfriend vibes will be.

AQO Studiospace Bear Retro Checkered Shirt in Black

AQO Studiospace Bear Retro Checkered Shirt in Black, retailing at sgd80 at StyleupK

Dark Academia

Dark academia is a darker twist on the preppy look. As it is partly influenced by gothic architecture, dark academia can be thought of as a cross between preppy and goth aesthetics. 

Dark colours for a dark academia look

Dark neutral colours are the go-to for the dark academia aesthetic / Image: Pinterest

Regarded as a more artsy aesthetic, it’s no surprise that berets are popular within this aesthetic.

Kangol Korea Wool Beret Hat in Black

Kangol Korea Wool Beret Hat in Black, retailing at sgd155 at StyleupK

Vests are essential for the dark academia aesthetic

The preppy aesthetic’s darker cousin / Image: Pinterest

And just like the regular preppy aesthetic, vests are also an essential clothing item in the dark academia aesthetic.

Romantic Crown Woman Knit Vest in Oatmeal

Romantic Crown Woman Knit Vest in Oatmeal, retailing at sgd75 at StyleupK

High Teen

Inspired by late 90s and early 2000s movies such as Clueless and Legally Blonde, the high teen aesthetic is all about looking youthful and rich. BLACKPINK’s Jennie is well-known for embodying the high teen aesthetic.

Jennie embodies the high teen aesthetic

Jennie embodies the high teen aesthetic / Image: Instagram

Light, pastel colours are a hallmark of the high teen fashion.

Near & Dear Collar Crop T-shirt in Lime

Near & Dear Collar Crop T-shirt in Lime, retailing at sgd62.90 at StyleupK

To fit the high teen aesthetic better, wear the Near & Dear Collar Crop T-shirt with the zipper pulled down to create the classic high teen V-neck.

Pastel purple high teen look

Pastels are perfect for the high teen aesthetic / Image: Pinterest

The Near & Dear Collar Crop T-shirt is also available in purple, which is another colour that is popular within the high teen aesthetic! Other popular colours include pastel pink and pastel yellow.

Near & Dear Collar Crop T-shirt in Purple

Near & Dear Collar Crop T-shirt in Purple, retailing at sgd62.90 at StyleupK

Pastel green high teen look

Luxury meets sweet teen in the high teen aesthetic / Image: Instagram

The cardigan and handbag give off a luxurious vibe, while the tennis skirt and chunky platform sneakers are in charge of the youthful vibe.

Puma X Kang Daniel RS 2.0 White

Puma X Kang Daniel RS 2.0 White, retailing at sgd180 at StyleupK

The baguette bag is an essential for the high teen aesthetic, as the design is both classic and elegant while still being reminiscent of the early 2000s—the era which inspired this aesthetic. Just like with the clothes, pastel coloured baguette bags are especially perfect for the high teen look.

Alice Martha Oble Bag in Blue and Ivory

Alice Martha Oble Bag in Blue and Ivory, retailing at sgd119 at StyleupK

Alki Alka Baguette Checkered Bag

Alki Alka Baguette Checkered Bag, retailing at sgd69.50 at StyleupK

What's your Korean Fashion Style?

Korean fashion is extremely diverse, encompassing a variety of different aesthetics. However, although they are distinct looks, there are still overlaps between them—for example, a black beret is suitable for both dark academia and grunge.

This means that you do not have to commit to a single aesthetic, and a single item can be worn in outfits of different styles.

Shop for items to complete your favourite look at StyleupK today, worldwide delivery available! Free shipping to Singapore and Malaysia.

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