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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!

BLACKPINK Jennie Outfits: How to Achieve Her Iconic Looks For Less

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:

 

1. The Plaid Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

Featured on Jennie’s Instagram, this outfit is simple yet sexy. A simple black crop top with a tie front is paired with a plaid miniskirt for a look that’s perfect for the stage.

Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank for this easy-to-achieve look. The Volume Twisted Crop Tee by Choper is a wearable dupe for Jennie’s ultra-short top while the Bland Mini Skirt by DABAGIRL gives serious Burberry vibes without the crazy price tag.

 

 

2. The Airport Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

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

blackpink Jennie outfits

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.

 

 

Which of these BLACKPINK Jennie outfits is your favorite? Who is your K-pop style icon? Sound off in the comments and save $20 off every $100 during our New Year’s Countdown Sale!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Budget

There’s nothing like bringing smiles to the faces of our loved ones with a gift, but holiday shopping can be downright stressful. Fortunately, finding the perfect gift without breaking the bank is 100% possible. Here, we’ve set up a full guide of the best holiday gift ideas for anyone in your life, no matter your budget:

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The Beauty Lover

Under $20: Korean cult favorite skincare products are loved because they’re inexpensive and work just as well as higher end cosmetics. Because K-beauty is best known for its budget – friendly – yet – effective skincare, you have tons of options to choose from. The Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream by Ariul is only $14.99 and packs a huge, hydrating punch that’s beneficial for all skin types. For the luxury beauty lover, look to SNP’s Gold Collagen line, which contains real 24k gold and collagen for anti-aging benefits.

Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream by Ariul, $14.99

Under $50: Indie K-beauty is making its presence known in the beauty world, and for good reason: brands like MILLION RED and 2aN have beautiful makeup formulas housed in gorgeous packaging that any girl would fawn over. From eyeshadow palettes to lip tints in hot reds, pinks, and nudes, there’s no doubt the recipient of these indie Korean makeup products will love them. Our main recommendations from the brands? The MILLION RED Fiction Lip for its light and airy texture and 2aN’s Daily Blossom Eyeshadow Palette for its buttery soft shades in a variety of matte, neutral, and glitter finishes.

Daily Blossom Eyeshadow Palette by 2aN, $49.99

Under $100: So, what’s better than a new skincare product? An entire skincare set, obvi! KOODING’s specially curated skincare gift sets are tailor made to make creating a multi-step Korean skincare routine easy and fun. The Hddn Lab Skin Savior Set contains an essence and cream that are potent in ceramides and anti-aging antioxidants; the Hddn Lab Open Your Ice Set‘s serum, sleeping pack, and cream are a hyaluronic acid – packed trio that keep the skin soothed, even, and bright. The clean beauty lover in your life will love the Like I’m 5 Set for its gentle and EWG – verified ingredients.

Hddn Lab Skin Savior Set, $66.00

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The Best Friend

Under $20: Gifts for your bestie don’t have to be crazy expensive to be meaningful. Small accessories — like earrings or hair pins — can hold a lot of significance while giving a subtle touch of style.

Left: Marble Layered Ring Hairpin Set by Chuu, $18.99 / Right: Heart Beat Earrings by icecream12, $9.99

Under $50: You know your best friend’s style more than anyone — why not get them the unexpected? These adorable bags by OPEN THE DOOR are edgy and cool, but versatile enough that you can be sure to surprise your BFF with something she’ll love.

Chain Petit Bag by OPEN THE DOOR, $41.99

Under $100: If you got cash to spare, look no further than Korean footwear. Trust us — from platform sneakers to chic leather booties and goth – inspired heels, you are guaranteed to find the perfect pair for your bestie. These unique silhouettes are fun and unique and the statement piece to any outfit.

Left: White Platform Shoes by OPEN THE DOOR, $86.99 / Right: Plan O Walker Boots by LIPHOP, $68.99

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The K-Pop Fan

Under $20: Oh My Girl fans will instantly recognize the Secret Neon Lip Tint from YooA’s collab with Celebeau. These unique tints come in 6 vibrant shades, are super pigmented (especially when placed under a blacklight), and totally foolproof. At just $14 a pop, it’s an easy gift that doesn’t crush your wallet.

Oh My Girl YooA wears the Celebeau Secret Neon Lip Tint, $14.00

Under $50: If you know a BTS fan (and really, who doesn’t?), you know their love for the group goes beyond music. BTS are often referred to as style icons and are known to spark trends across the globe, selling out clothing pieces the moment they’re seen in them. The TIAG Van Gogh Tee has been frequently worn and loved by Taehyung of BTS (AKA V). At $29.99, it’s an affordable way to make any ARMY feel closer to their favorite boys.

BTS Taehyung wears the Van Gogh Tee by TIAG, $29.99

Under $100: Fans of UP10TION will love the Peter Long Sleeve Pair by evenie; worn by UP10TION Sunyoul, these unisex pajamas are adorable and a subtle way to pay homage to the boy group.

UP10TION Sunyoul wears the Peter Long Sleeve Pair, $56.99

 

Need more gift ideas? Check out our list of best – selling gifts for more inspo.

Are you looking forward to holiday shopping this year? Sound of in the comments & give us your best holiday gift ideas!

3 Reasons Turtlenecks Are A Hidden K-Fashion Staple

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.

The Rate Wave Ribbed Half Turtleneck Tee Shirt’s scalloped neckline makes any casual outfit cute and comfortable.

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!

Korean Fashion Black Friday Deals: What You Need To 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:

1. Coats

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.

L: Wool Stretch Semi Overfit Coat R: Wool Slimfit Single Coat

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.

2. Denim

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.

This Black Friday, KOODING will be dropping prices on the iconic Chuu 5KG Jeans. Snag the ultra-skinny Chuu 5KG Jeans in Vol 114 for an everyday look or the straight-legged and mega-comfy Chuu 5KG Hobbit Jeans in Vol 105 for an edgy 90’s aesthetic. Chuu’s denim comes in multiple colors (like black) and finishes (like distressed and acid-wash), giving you tons of selection to choose from.

 

3. Makeup & Skincare

Whether you’re into Korean skincare or makeup products (or both), KOODING’s K-beauty collection is the ultimate source for curated Korean beauty products.

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!

How popular K-Fashion Brands Do Korean Winter Fashion (for Men & Women)

No one does cozy & trendy like K-fashion brands. We love seeing what top Korean fashion brands like Chuu, Basic House, and Mind Bridge bring out for the colder months and the Korean winter fashion trends that will define not only the season, but our wardrobes as well. 

As the cold weather months approach us (and while KOODING has their 15% off Early Winter Faves Sale), here are the hottest trends in Korean winter fashion to get you excited for the season:

Cool Hoodies & Sweatshirts

Korean style hoodies and sweatshirts are always in fashion for their versatility and unique designs. Winter 2019’s version combines muted hues with simple patterns and graphics for a minimalistic, understated look.

Pictured: CP Span Graphic Overfit SweatshirtDouble Graphic Hoodie Sweatshirt

BASIC HOUSE’s selection of trendy Korean sweaters is the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe. Even better? Their range of sweaters and trendy hoodies are unisex, meaning anyone can find their ideal style with ease.

 

Fashionable Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks have always been a winter essential, but Chuu has taken it to the next level with their unique neck shapes. 

Pictured: Anyway Together Knit, Human Peach Knit Vol 7

From cut-out cold shoulder sweaters to wide-neck turtlenecks in the fluffiest of knits, Chuu’s selection of cute turtleneck, crewneck, and mock neck sweaters for winter 2019 are guaranteed to make you look chic while keeping warm. Pair them with your favorite pair of Chuu 5KG Jeans for a sleek and casual moment or a miniskirt for a preppy vibe.

 

Sleek Outerwear

2019 Korean winter fashion is all about looking effortlessly put together; that’s why Seoul’s most stylish are loving outerwear by Mind Bridge. The men’s, women’s, and unisex brand has great options for those looking to invest in a piece that’s not only trendy, but timeless.

Pictured: Wool Stash Standard Single Coat, Wool Slimfit Single Coat

To keep it classic, we recommend opting for jackets and coats neutral colors, like oatmeal beige, navy, and gray.

So, what are your K-fashion faves this season? What trends have you been noticing? Sound off in the comments & save 15% off our early winter faves (for both men and women) for a very limited time!

4 Everyday Dresses That Give Major Halloween Energy

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:

 

Diagonal Strap Half Long Dress by OPEN THE DOOR

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.

 

Cute Snow Flower Dress by Fiona

Angel vibes, anyone? This dress can easily transform from a girly and fun costume to a soft and delicate option for a brunch with friends or any special occasion.

 

Flutter Moment Dress by chuu

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.

 

Del List Mini Set by LAGIRL

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!

The Best Korean Fashion: Our Top #KOODING Looks

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:

 

  1. @jenn_scale in the Balloon Knit Cardigan

CREDIT: @jenn_scale on Instagram

Come through, coziness! We love how Jenny paired this oversized knit cardigan by Choper with a cropped and lace top and matching gray, black, and white pieces.

 

2. @trish_trinh in the More Than Rose Dress

 

CREDIT: @trish_trinh on Instagram

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.

 

3. @leo.wz in the Prince Ribbon Tie Blouse

CREDIT: @leo.wz on Instagram

Killing it! We love how Leo styled this unique men’s blouse by OPEN THE DOOR and maintained the brand’s edgy vibe with messy hair and simple earrings.

 

4. @whoisshadia in the Cotton Button Jacket

CREDIT: @whoisshadia on Instagram

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!

 

Want to see your look on the K-Blog or our Instagram? Don’t forget to tag #KOODING for a chance to be featured!

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