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January 2020

Top 5 Unique K-Beauty Brands You Need to Know + Our #1 Picks

Think Korean beauty is just washes of color and simple palettes? Think again: K-beauty is constantly evolving, and these brands are proof. Here, we discuss the hottest, most unique brands to come out of the beauty capital:

 

One-day’s you

This Korean makeup and skincare brand bring together classic K-beauty aesthetics — like dewy skin and an inner glow — and the top Korean research and development. One-day’s you‘s beautifully-packaged skincare products house formulas that create that glossy, healthy-looking skin that any beauty lover strives for without being harsh and irritating.

Our top pick: the Me Nyeo Anti-Pollution Sun BB Cream ($38.99) is a lightweight and non-sticky BB that is easy to apply. It also packs a serious skincare punch with SPF 50+ PA++++ protection and nourishing oils like jojoba for soft, clean skin.

 

DALRA

If you live for the glow, look no further than DALRA. This indie Korean skincare brand goes beyond the millennial pink packaging with their EWG-approved, nature-derived formulas that are designed to make any skin type look radiant and stunning.

Our top pick: the Shiny Repairing Serum ($49.99) contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and adenosine to brighten and resurface the skin. With continued use, skin will look plump, juicy, and bright.

 

XYZ

If you’re a fan of unique and undiscovered skincare ingredients, XYZ is your brand. With a line ranging from super affordable to high-end and luxurious, this brand has something for everyone’s skin and budget.

Our top pick: the Superfine Green Cleansing Oil ($48.99) uses natural ingredients to remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil for a clean canvas and radiant complexion.

 

Like I’m 5

Clean beauty lovers can rejoice in this 100% green grade line. Using absolutely no parabens, mineral oil, artificial colorants, fragrance, or animal products, Like I’m 5 is a line of simple and pure cosmetics has everything you need for face and body.

Our top pick: the Mild Sunscreen ($23.99) is a non-greasy and non-sticky sunscreen that uses moisturizing ingredients like shea butter to balance skin. This SPF 50+ PA++++ sunscreen is also packed with Centella Asiatica, making it perfect for sensitive skin types.

 

MILLION RED

If you love a good Instagram aesthetic, MILLION RED is your brand. Using seasonal color palettes and to-die-for packaging, this indie Korean brand has the tools to create your dream makeup look.

Our top picks: the Fiction Lip ($19.99) comes in 11 carefully curated shades for plush lips. These lip tints are buildable, allowing you to layer from a soft gradient to full-coverage glam.

Which of these brands are you trying? Did we miss any brands that you love? Sound off in the comments!

Move Over, Skinny Jeans — Straight & Relaxed Fits Are Here To Stay

When it comes to Korean denim, it’s no doubt the 2010’s were the decade of the skinny jean. Now, as we enter 2020, we’re seeing a resurgence of denim with wider legs, smaller waists, and straight/relaxed styles. Whether you call them “mom jeans”, “boyfriend jeans”, or anything else, relaxed and straight fit jeans have made their mark in the K-fashion world.

As the Korean fashion authority, we at the K-Blog are fully on board for this trend. Here, our top reasons why straight and relaxed-fit jeans are the ultimate fashion staple:

 

1. They’re oh, so comfortable

Who doesn’t love a comfortable pair of jeans? The wide-legged factor of straight and relaxed fit jeans makes them super comfy and perfect for everyday outfits.

L-R: Chuu 5Kg Taiwan Hobbit Jean Vol 5, Daily Queen Pants

 

2. They look good on everyone

Loose fit jeans — no matter if they’re straight or relaxed fits — are ultra-flattering on anyone regardless of body type, gender, or personal style. The fitted waist and long leg effect make you look taller, sleeker, and like any outfit you wear is put together.

L-R: Pleated Washed Denim Pants, Bootcut Wide Jeans

For a comfy look, pair a loose-fit pair of jeans with a baggy top or sweater. For dramatic waist definition, pair your jeans with a tucked-in fitted tee.

 

3. They’re perfect for day-to-night

While denim is always a moment RE: casual days out and fun nights, the trouser-like effect of straight makes them perfect for business casual looks.

L-R: Uni Straight Jeans, Line Straight Jeans

For a more professional vibe, pair jeans with a blouse, blazer, and flats (or heels, if that’s more your style).

 

4. They come in tons of styles

Distressed, acid wash, patchwork — you name it, we have it. Our selection of Korean style jeans and relaxed fit denim goes beyond the typical.

L-R: Remake Vintage Denim Pants, Vintage Crotch Cutting Jeans

Find your perfect pair now — with our variety of men’s and women’s jeans, we’ve got you covered.

2020 Color of The Year: How To Wear “Classic Blue” With K-Fashion

It’s official: Pantone has announced “Classic Blue” as the Color of the Year for 2020!

The color authority explains Classic Blue as “non-aggressive and easily relatable”, meaning it’s an easy and effortless shade to wear no matter what your skin tone or fashion aesthetic.

The 2020 Color of the Year is extremely versatile and can be worn for every occasion, no matter your style. Here, we list Korean fashion clothes & pieces you can find in Classic Blue:

 

Basic Tees

L-R: Ice Cooling Round Tee, Neutral Tee Woman Blue

A simple blue tee is the easiest way to implement the 2020 Color of the Year into your wardrobe. Pair it with white skinny jeans or joggers for a casual look or a white skirt for a cute and feminine effect.

 

Outerwear

L-R: Course Jacket, Rina Hoodie Long Padding

While seasonal, puffer jackets are a great way to add a splash of trendy color to your outfit. For a dramatic impact, wear it over a neutral-colored outfit.

Men’s blazers and coats are also a great option. Layering a structured jacket over dark pants and a light-colored shirt is a quick and easy way to look sophisticated and polished.

 

Pictured: Single Coat Handmade

 

Denim

Pictured: Vintage Wide Denim Pants

The good news? There’s a 99.99% chance you already have denim in your closet, so wearing Classic Blue is a breeze. The even better news? There are tons of awesome new Classic Blue denim styles in relaxed and straight fits that are comfy, trendy, and give your wardrobe a total refresher.

 

Shirts & Blouses

L-R: Ovenin Frill Pearl Blouse, Pusia Pintuk Blouse, Large Plaid Overfit Shirt

A Classic Blue shirt or blouse is probably the most versatile piece in your closet. A solid-colored blouse is ultra-sleek, chic, and professional, while a blue plaid shirt gives a laid-back and casual aesthetic that’s perfect for everyday.

 

Modern Hanbok

Pictured: Piece Roll Layered Dress Blue Black

Hanbok styles are frequently found in this gorgeous blue shade, so wearing traditional Korean fashion won’t be a struggle. Pair it with pops of red for a truly patriotic moment!

 

How do you plan on wearing classic blue? Sound off in the comments & tag @KOODING in ALL your #classicblue looks on IG!

These Modern Hanbok Pieces Can Be Worn All Year Long

Not to brag, but we pride ourselves on having an awesome Modern Hanbok collection. Every day, we scour South Korea and Korean brands for pieces that are not only traditional in silhouette and shape, but are also representative of global fashion trends. From high-end designers to more affordable options for both men and women, there’s a Hanbok or hanbok-inspired piece waiting to be a part of your everyday wardrobe.

As we approach the Lunar New Year, we’re discussing our favorite Modern Hanbok pieces that you can wear after the festivities are over:

These beautiful coats by LEESLE

L-R: Woman Korean Traditional Asymmetrical Coat, Woman Beige Maxi Coat

Winter essential, anyone? These pieces are lifelong investments you’ll want to keep in your closet forever. Sleek and elegant, LEESLE’s gorgeous wool coats bring a sense of upscale fashion to any outfit.

 

Hanbok, But Make It Denim

Not only are the Sapok Traditional Denim Pants extremely comfortable and chic, but they can also be dressed up or down. These unisex denim pants come with a distressed detail, making them ideal for casual days or Sunday brunches. You can even pair them with a graphic tee for an edgy aesthetic, making them extremely versatile for everyday.

 

The Hanbok Jeogori in “Brown” by S Hanbok

modern hanbok blouse

The blouse-y effect of this classy jeogori makes it perfect for workdays, job interviews, and professional events.

 

The Ultra-Versatile Classic Black Maru Pants

LEESLE‘s Classic Black Maru Pants are awesome because they’re made of flowing, comfortable material that can easily replace slacks or leggings in any casual outfit. They can also be dressed up for formal events because they’re tailored and sleek. The best part about these pants is that they’re unisex, making them perfect for an adorable couple’s #OOTD.

 

Hanbok Or Skater Dress?

modern hanbok dress

S-Hanbok‘s Hanbok dresses are awesome because they have a circle skirt effect that totally mimics the effect of a minidress — just pair ’em with your favorite pair of sneakers and you have a simple and cute outfit!

 

Have you ever worn a hanbok? Which of these Modern Hanbok looks is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!

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