K-Fashion Spotlight: School Uniforms
For Singaporeans, school uniforms are not a foreign concept. Most of us have probably complained about how ugly our uniforms are, and how much we look forward to not having to wear the same thing everyday.
It might come as a surprise then, that Koreans actually like their school uniform. But then again, I’m sure that most of us would also enjoy wearing school uniforms if they looked anything like Korean school uniforms.
High school uniform featured on ‘Extraordinary You’ / Image: HanCinema
If you enjoy watching idol dramas, then you’re probably familiar with what a typical Korean school uniform looks like. Pleated skirts, vests, cardigans, and blazers are some of the commonly seen components of a Korean school uniform.
Romantic Crown Woman Knit Vest in Oatmeal, retailing at sgd75 at StyleupK
School uniforms are the embodiment of youth, which made them the perfect look for f(x)’s 2013 comeback title track Rum Pum Pum Pum (Wisdom Teeth), which is a pun on ‘first love’.
While they are not the first girl group to sport pleated tennis skirts and school uniform inspired outfits, they definitely popularised the school look aesthetic.
Do you know: The tennis skirt was even referred to as the ‘Krystal skirt’ as many fans started wearing tennis skirts too because of her.
K-fashion School Uniform Look
Despite the number of years that have passed, school uniform inspired looks have remained popular both in K-pop and K-fashion, with many new girl groups also rocking this schoolgirl aesthetic.
It makes them look youthful and energetic!
I.O.I suits the fresh and youthful vibes of the school uniform aesthetic perfectly / Image: Twitter
You don’t have to wear the full vest-and-blazer combo to pull off a school uniform inspired look though. It might look too formal for casual everyday wear.
Instead, pair crop style T-shirts with mini skirts for a similar look!
Opwee Youth Feeling Crop T-shirt in Sora Blue, retailing at sgd45.90 at StyleupK
Ames Rimple Crop Cardigan in Blue, retailing at sgd55.90 at StyleupK
K-pop Gym Class Look
At the same time, why not rock a gym class inspired look too?
Red Velvet shows that gym uniforms can be just as stylish as regular uniforms / Image: Twitter
Fila Korea Funky Tennis Grey Platform Sneakers, retailing at sgd118.50 at StyleupK
Gym uniform inspired looks combine the style and comfort of athleisure with the youthfulness of the school uniform aesthetic.
And if you can’t decide between a pleated skirt or cotton shorts, you can always combine the best of both worlds and try a cute cotton miniskirt instead!
Veteze Studio Mini Skirt in Navy, retailing at sgd55 at StyleupK
Opwee Poupee Crop T-shirt in Ivory, retailing at sgd45.90 at StyleupK
Also, you can also dress down the pleated skirt by styling it with oversized tees and sweatshirts, instead of a proper blouse and vest.
Style your pleated skirt with a sweatshirt for a cozy look / Image: Pinterest
Ames Pleats Check Wrap Skirt, retailing at sgd89.50 at StyleupK
Ames Colored Logo Oversized Sweatshirt in Purple, retailing at sgd79.50 at StyleupK
Patterned skirts are great for monochromatic outfits too / Image: Pinterest
Ames Message Bear Oversized T-shirt in Blue, retailing at sgd49.50 at StyleupK
While we might not be as fond of our own school uniforms, you can definitely try the Korean school uniform inspired looks during the weekends and school holidays!
They are simple to style, and exude a fresh and youthful korean vibe too!
Depending on how you style your school uniform inspired outfit, they are suitable for almost any occasion—they can be dressed up for a date night outfit, or dressed down for a casual hangout session with friends.
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