The Ultimate Crash Course in K-Style

Photographed by Koji Arboleda
Styled by MJ Benitez
Makeup by Anthea Bueno
Hair by Ethan David
Modeled by Hye Won Jang
Words by Cedric S. Reyes

K-drama star Park Shin Hye will arrive in Manila for her meet and greet soon and the excitement is real. As the Bench family’s newest member packs her bags for her first fan meet in the country, we’re paying tribute to her distinctly Korean style.

After all, traveling is a runway worthy affair for the K-drama idol. She’s been praised by many fangirl websites for her business class-worthy airport looks. With ensembles including a monochromatic top and bottom paired with heels in pastel-of-the-moment lavender, and statement pieces like a contrasting double-breasted blazer, she definitely takes traveling in style to heart.

We’re glad to report that K-style doesn’t end at the airport, and works on pretty much everyone. These flowy feminine, occasionally athletic looks aren’t just comfortable; they’re flattering, too. No need to be Korean to rock these swoon-worthy ensembles. Here are six tips to help you keep up with the all-around interesting style of South Korea.

White top from Kashieca, gingham skirt and handkerchief (used as neck scarf) from Bench, sandals from Charles & Keith

Keep your friends close and your neck scarves closer.

Korean looks are all about amping up otherwise ordinary looks with colorful key items. Take your neutral look to the next hallyu level with a neck scarf in a bright shade.

Tank, cardigan, and drawstring pants from Bench

Remember: you’re not actually going to the gym.

The tip to Korean streetwear is cozy athletic, without going overkill. Pairing a knit cardigan with close-fitting joggers does just the trick.

Knit cropped top from Kashieca

Loose knit never fails.

As far as Korean style goes, loose knit is a holy grail material. Though more commonly seen on heavy sweaters, the fabric is perfectly adaptable to tropical wear. Simply incorporate into your wardrobe with a fuss free crop top.

Top and pinafore dress from Bench, sunglasses from Charles & Keith

To live your best life, layer.

Layering clothing can seem like daunting task in our humidity levels, but it’s completely possible, and perhaps even comfortable. Simply wear a pinafore dress on top of a boxy button-down, and you’ve practically made it to Seoul.

Top from Bench

Print will never die.

Patterns might not be for everyone but Koreans love to mix and match. Aside from their daily 10-step Korean skin care, their favorite twee pattern designs keep them looking cute and youthful.

Jacket and denim dress from Kashieca, handkerchief (used as neck scarf) from Bench, sandals from Charles & Keith

Pair your sandals with some socks.

There’s nothing more reminiscent of K-style than a pair of sandals worn with socks. When choosing socks, go for a mid-length pair in a cute pastel shade.

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