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Near & Dear Goes Classically Feminine

Near & Dear Goes Classically Feminine

While hypebeast urban streetwear is a well-known aspect of Korean fashion, it is not the only popular style in Korea. Another popular style of Korean fashion is a more feminine style. 

This style includes clothing pieces such as tennis skirts, maxi skirts, midi dresses, blouses, etc. While there is a distinct difference between the two most commonly seen K-fashion styles, the line between them is often blurred due to the mixing and matching of pieces.

For example, a classic urban-style oversized t-shirt can be paired with a tennis skirt to create a hybrid feminine streetwear look.

Near & Dear’s designs are made with everyday women in mind, helping them highlight their girly side.

Daily Wear

Their collection of clothing apparel ranges from simple t-shirts and sweatshirts, to more sophisticated blouses and dresses. This wide range of style means that Near & Dear items can be styled in many different ways, so you’ll be able to wear them again and again—without being accused of being an outfit repeater!

Near & Dear Women’s Semi Overfit Shirt in Sky Blue

Near & Dear Women’s Semi Overfit Shirt in Sky Blue, retailing at sgd129 at StyleupK

Worn as a shirt, the semi overfit button up shirt can work as an office blouse. Despite being a plain top, the pastel colour gives it a feminine touch. 

The shirt can also be worn as an outerwear on more casual outings. The slightly oversized fit of the blouse also means that it can be turned into an off-shoulder top.

Near & Dear Flower & Checkered Midi Dress

Near & Dear Flower & Checkered Midi Dress, retailing at sgd149 at StyleupK

With its high neckline and midi length, the Flower & Checkered Midi dress can also be worn to work. For more formal workplaces, you can also throw on a fitted blazer over the dress.

However, the floral and checkered pattern gives the dress a sweeter, more casual vibe, and it would also make for the perfect picnic dress!

Near & Dear Semi Overfit Logo T-shirt in White

Near & Dear Semi Overfit Logo T-shirt in White, retailing at sgd49.90 at StyleupK

Nothing is more suitable for daily wear than a simple t-shirt, but Near & Dear’s semi overfit logo t-shirt is far from being plain. The italic bubble font that the logo is embroidered is a cute detail—and it is not uncommon for Near & Dear designs to include little details that add a touch of sweetness.

Sweet Details

Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Red

Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Red, retailing at sgd85.90 at StyleupK

Their tie waist crop shirt also features a similar detail, with the Near & Dear logo (ending with a coloured heart!) embroidered on the back. The embroidered logo detail on the back balances out the tie waist design at the front, so that the top looks great no matter which angle you look at it from.

Near & Dear Floral V Neck Blouse in Purple

Near & Dear Floral V Neck Blouse in Purple, retailing at sgd125 at StyleupK

Their floral V-neck blouse has many little details that make this top extra feminine without being overwhelming. The ruffles on the ends of the sleeves match the ruffles on the shoulder, and the attached necktie is a nice bonus touch as well. 

Spotlight

Many idols have been seen wearing Near & Dear designs for a variety of events, from magazine photoshoots to personal schedules. Their outfits really emphasise the sweetness that most of us expect from female idols, and the clothes suit them perfectly!

Seunghee (CLC)

Seunghee looking sweet in the Near & Dear Collar Crop T-Shirt

Seunghee looking sweet in the Near & Dear Collar Crop T-Shirt / Image: Kpopping

Seunghee sports their collar crop t-shirt in a photoshoot for Star1 magazine, and her top matches the background perfectly. The stylist matches the top with a black skirt and a black blazer, making the colours of her top pop even more. 

While blazers may not be as practical in Singapore, pairing the top with a plain bottom is a great styling tip, as it allows the top to be the focus of the outfit.

CLC Group Shot Featuring Seunghee’s Full Outfit

CLC Group Shot Featuring Seunghee’s Full Outfit / Image: Kpopping

Near & Dear Collar Crop T-shirt in Purple

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

Nako (IZ*ONE)

Nako looking elegant in her Near & Dear Shirring Blouse

Nako looking elegant in her Near & Dear Shirring Blouse / Image: StyleupK

IZ*ONE’s Nako looks extra sweet in this peach-coloured shirring blouse. The puffy sleeves and ruffled collar makes the top look elegant, and the shirring around the waist is very flattering. Paired with her slightly sheer bangs and long hair, Nako looks just like a princess in this outfit!

Near & Dear Shirring Blouse

Near & Dear Shirring Blouse, retailing at sgd115.90 at StyleupK

Yoojin (IZ*ONE)

Yoojin giving fans a peek at the embroidered logo on the back of her Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt

Yoojin giving fans a peek at the embroidered logo on the back of her Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt / Image: Twitter

Fellow IZ*ONE member Yoojin has also been seen wearing a top from Near & Dear. The red of her hair tie matches her red tie waist crop shirt, making her look extra cute! And if you take a closer look, you’ll notice the embroidered logo detail on the back of the shirt.

Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Red

Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Red, retailing at sgd85.90 at StyleupK

Solbin (Laboum)

Solbin keeping it casual with her Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt

Solbin keeping it casual with her Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt / Image: Youtube

LABOUM’s Solbin has also worn the exact same top! Instead of matching it with white shorts and tying her hair up, Solbin wears a pair of light wash denim shorts and keeps her hair down, giving the whole outfit a much more casual vibe.

Solbin looking more formal in her Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Navy

Solbin looking more formal in her Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Navy / Image: Instagram

She has also worn the same top in navy, so it’s clear that she’s a fan of this particular design!

Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Navy

Near & Dear Tie Waist Crop Shirt in Navy, retailing at sgd85.90 at StyleupK

Minjoo (IZ*ONE)

Minjoo looking both cute and comfortable in her Near & Dear Daisy Checkered Midi Dress

Minjoo looking both cute and comfortable in her Near & Dear Daisy Checkered Midi Dress / Source: Instagram

IZ*ONE’s stylists seem to like dressing the members in Near & Dear clothing, and we’re not surprised as the brand’s designs all match them very well! During their 2020 Twitter Blueroom Live, Minjoo wore the Near & Dear Daisy Checkered Midi Dress, and she looked very lovely indeed.

The dress has a slightly loose fit, but the seam around the waist helps to give some definition to her figure, and also adds layers to the outfit by making it look like a matching top and skirt.

Near & Dear Daisy Checkered Midi Dress Blue

Near & Dear Daisy Checkered Midi Dress Blue, retailing at sgd149 at StyleupK

Yoojung (Weki Meki)

Yoojung wearing Near & Dear Ribbon Band Sweatshirt in Ep 2 of web-drama ‘Single and Ready to Mingle’

Yoojung wearing Near & Dear Ribbon Band Sweatshirt in Ep 2 of web-drama ‘Single and Ready to Mingle’ / Image: Viki

Feminine doesn’t always mean having to be dressed up. Yoojung sports a Near & Dear sweatshirt in her web-drama, but still manages to look absolutely cute! From the soft pastel pink colour, to the heart-shaped logo, to the ribbons at the end of the sleeves, there are many little details that show how much thought has been put into the design.

These little details also showcase Near & Dear’s dedication to turning simple everyday outfits into something special.

Near & Dear Ribbon Band Sweatshirt in Pink

Near & Dear Ribbon Band Sweatshirt in Pink, retailing at sgd119 at StyleupK

Conclusion

Near & Dear is a brand that designs clothes with everyday women in mind. Their designs are classic, allowing them to be worn to a variety of events—from casual to formal—and feature details that emphasise the femininity of the clothing without being too overwhelming.

Shop for Near & Dear apparel at StyleupK today! StyleupK is an online Korean fashion platform that ships worldwide. Free shipping to Singapore and Malaysia.

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