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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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!
It’s no surprise that BLACKPINK Jennie is already a bonafide style icon. Nicknamed the “Human Gucci”, Jennie is best known for her trendsetting style and unique fashion sense. Her resume is no joke: in just 7 short years, Jennie has already snagged multiple brand collabs with high-end fashion and beauty brands, selling out every product she’s featured with. Currently, she’s a brand ambassador for CHANEL Korea and spokesmodel for Amore Pacific, both of which have dubbed her as an image of luxury and fashion.
With over 20 million followers on Instagram, Jennie’s outfits are a constant source of inspiration for her fans. She’s also known for having airport fashion that manages to be casual yet elegant, rocking everything from baggy pants and graphic tees to crop tops and trendy coats. She takes complete charge of her look, too; whether she’s going solo or working with supergroup BLACKPINK, Jennie assists in the styling of her outfits.
Here, we dish on how you can snag iconic BLACKPINK Jennie outfits for less:
Is there anything more iconic than 180722 Jennie? Donning a baby blue 90’s CHANEL crop top and baggy black pants, this airport look is proof that you can be both comfy and glamorous.
Unfortunately, Jennie’s CHANEL crop is not only extremely hard to find, but averages around $400. Fortunately, however, the Piece Of Cheese Crop Top by icecream12 gives the same vibe at just $13.99. Pair it with black baggy pants (we recommend these by NDenim) and you’re good to go.
3. The Tweed Look
In an outfit that screams CHANEL, Jennie is draped in a beautiful tweed dress with frill accents. Layered with a black crop top, this look is classy and timeless.
With CHANEL dresses averaging thousands of dollars, achieving this look may seem impossible. Thankfully, the Tweed Girl Dress by Fiona is almost an exact dupe. Completing the outfit is easy: simply pair with a black turtleneck (we recommend the Long Turtleneck Ribbed Tee by Chuu) and the world’s your runway.
If you’re looking to add more K-fashion to your life but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. We guarantee you’ll find a brand for you, too, because these top Korean fashion brands range from timeless and classic to trendy and daring. Read on to discover the hottest brands to come out of Seoul:
When it comes to wardrobe staple pieces, BASIC HOUSE plays no games: this unisex brand’s entire collection consists of essential pieces that every closet needs. From the perfect hoodie to the wear-everywhere coat and tapered trousers, this brand has everything you need when trendy fast fashion just won’t cut it.
No matter your style, every BASIC HOUSE piece you own is guaranteed to be a mainstay in your closet.
Not the business casual type? You’re not alone — that’s why Mind Bridge has created a sleek line of professional, yet chic office wear that doesn’t compromise your personal style.
From subtly-printed blazers to button-ups and turtlenecks that are stylish and not stuffy, Mind Bridge designs with the fashion-conscious professional in mind.
OPEN THE DOOR
Edgy, edgy, and even more edgy: OPEN THE DOOR’s wild prints, fabrics, and silhouettes are NOT for the shy or timid.
Nothing is off limits with this grungy Korean fashion brand: wild jewelry and funky accessories for both men and women are ever present throughout the brand, as are goth-inspired platforms and unique pieces that would make any Y2K fashion lover’s heart flutter.
Let’s be honest — what K-fashion lover doesn’t adore Chuu? This feminine and trendy Korean brand is known for not just staying on-trend, but starting them altogether.
From the iconic 5KG Jeans line to their instantly noticeable models, it’s no wonder how Chuu quickly became a household name to fashion connoisseurs around the globe.
For updated style, opt for STYLEMAN’s full range of current and trendy pieces. This Korean men’s fashion brand has everything you need for the quintessential men’s K-fashion look; from striped button-up shirts to slacks that have tons of stretch, you’ll find anything and everything you need for your everyday wardrobe.
Part of our Modern Hanbok Collection, LEESLE is a must-shop for anyone who loves Korean fashion because it blends traditional Korean silhouettes with current patterns, colorways, and designs. The result? An outfit that refuses to compromise tradition OR style.
Available in both men’s and women’s styles, LEESLE is your one-stop-shop for authentic Korean fashion.
TIAG is all about casual menswear that never goes over-the-top.
What makes this brand so popular in Korea? The fact that it has something for everyone. NANING9 is a brand that prides itself on blending flattering silhouettes, trending colors, and interesting patterns for an outfit that stands out while maintaining an everyday appeal.
Above all, NANING9 prides comfort over everything; their ultra-soft fabrics and looser fits ensure you’ll never face a piece you can’t wear cozily.
Trendy, masculine, and classic describe REDHOMME‘s collection. This brand exemplifies cool Korean menswear by keeping their pieces subtle, powerful, and clean.
If you’re looking to shop exclusively from one brand, consider REDHOMME for its ultra-versatile range of nearly everything you need, from basic tees to the coolest of outerwear.
“Classic” is what you’ll find within JUSTONE‘s range of conservative style clothing. This brand is an excellent option for anyone looking for modest Korean fashion that is chic, stylish, and cute.
Korean fashion is constantly updating itself with new trends and styles. Despite this ever-changing landscape, turtlenecks are the most versatile piece in every K-fashion lover’s closet. Here, we’re bringing you the top 3 reasons why you should add a turtleneck to your cart:
They’re A Skirt’s Best Friend
From iconic K-pop girl group looks to the streets of Seoul, is there a more popular Korean women’s fashion item than the miniskirt? Available in any color, pattern, and fabric, it goes with everything and can be paired with nearly anything depending on your mood. Try pairing it with a turtleneck for an adorably youthful and girly look.
If you’re finding miniskirts to be too revealing or show too much skin, a turtleneck is a perfect solution. The full coverage up top helps contrast the amount of skin shown so you can feel comfortable.
Patterned turtlenecks — like stripes — bring even more attention up top.
They Dress Up Any Casual Look
Yes, even the most chill of dressers can rock a turtleneck effortlessly. If you’re a tee-and-jeans type of person, wearing a turtleneck can elevate your look for any occasion.
Want to take the look to the next level? Turtlenecks with unique necklines bring more pizzazz to your look without any additional effort.
They’re Perfect For Layering
Whether you choose to dress modestly or simply can’t stop wearing your summertime faves, layering a turtleneck underneath nearly anything is the perfect way to stay warm, covered, and stylish. Pair a brightly-colored turtleneck under a dark-colored dress (like cherrykoko’s Modern Vent Dress) for cool contrast or a dark, skintight turtleneck (like chuu’s Good Feeling Tee Shirt Vol 3) under a tailored blazer for a super chic, upscale vibe.
How do you feel about this cold-weather staple? Do you wear turtlenecks often or do you have reservations? Let us know!
Whether you’re going early Christmas gift shopping or want to amplify your wardrobe, our sitewide Korean fashion Black Friday deals have something for everyone. Read on for a sneak peek of the savings to come:
High-quality coats can be pricey; however, they can be oh, so worth it in terms of quality, fit, and style. Finding the right coat that will last you years to come is no easy task — well, until KOODING’s outerwear collection, that is.
For timeless pieces with endless style, opt for brands like Basic House and Mind Bridge. Their coats are sleek, come in classic colors, and look good with everything. With both brands on sale, it’s never been a better time to invest in these gorgeous coats that will last ages.
Nothing beats the perfect pair of jeans. Our selection of Korean denim ensures you’ll find your favorite pair. Whether you’re looking for a classic or unique pair of jeans, we’ve got you covered.
Saving on good skin has never been easier: iconic beauty brand SNP will be on sale for Black Friday as will high-end, luxury skincare line Evercell. For an indie K-beauty brand to fall in love with, consider MILLION RED‘s line of eyeshadow palettes, cushion foundation, and more. Nail art and nail care will also be on sale — look for Korean nail brand withshyan.
Which KOODING Korean fashion Black Friday deals are you looking most forward to? Sound off in the comments & stay tuned for more Black Friday updates!
As much as we love Halloween costumes, there is nothing better than a DIY costume that you can pull straight from your closet. Not only is it more cost-effective to wear a Halloween costume from things you already own, but it also lets you create a costume that’s perfectly you.
With just a few hair, makeup, and accessory changes, these five everyday dresses can transform from day to Halloween night:
An edgy twist to the classic wrap dress, this frock is embellished with a simple silver buckle for maximum versatility. Even better, this dress can layer over any garment of your choosing, making it super easy to change up your look no matter the time of year.
Is there a costume more classic than Wednesday Addams, the queen of Halloween herself? A black dress with a white collar will always be reminiscent of the spooky icon, but this number by chuu can also transfer into the rest of the year as an easy way to look elegant, classy, and chic.
No matter what time of year, this top and skirt set is an adorable and easy going casual look. During the Halloween season, though, this set gives off total Beetlejuice vibes thanks to the neon green stripes. A pair of classic black sneakers and thigh high socks creates a punky aesthetic that looks cute and chic year round.
What’s your Halloween costume this year? Are you buying it, going full on DIY, or a little bit of both? Let us know in the comments!
Every day, we are amazed by the looks served and outfits created using KOODING’s selection of Korean and global fashion.
We’re also firm believers that the KOODING community is the most stylish out there. Because of this, we want to dedicate this week’s post to YOU, your style, and how you rock Korean fashion and global style. Here, the #KOODING looks we can’t get enough of:
Always the elegant Dior Queen, Trish wears the Cherryville frock with the high-end designer’s bag and black heeled mules for an elevated look that mixes high and low-priced fashion pieces. Even amongst a busy backdrop, Trish stands out in her killer outfit.
What’s prettier than this glowing sunset? Shadia’s perfect everyday casual look featuring a cozy tee, distressed denim, and chunky belt — all tied together with an oversized, utility-inspired jacket by discount Korean fashion brand UZU. We love how she paired basic black booties with the look for a dressed-up touch!
Who do you want to see in #KOODING clothes? Who are your favorite Korean fashion Youtubers, Instagrammers, creators, and influencers? Sound off in the comments!