How to Dress For Work K-Fashion Style
Are you tired of wearing the same five office wear outfits over and over again? Do you want to switch up your style to break the monotony of working a 9-to-5? Or maybe you’ve just been really into all things Korean lately, from K-Pop to K-Drama?
Koreans have always been a fashionable bunch, even when it comes to office wear. While many of us are used to reaching for the same few pairs of button-up shirts and dress pants in the morning, Koreans put much more thought into their office fashion, especially ladies!
In this article, we take a look at a few different office wear fashion styles you might see in Korea, as well as some tips on how you can achieve these styles too.
The elegant chic style shows that you don’t have to wear a full pantsuit to look like a girlboss / Image: Pinterest
If you’ve seen What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim and been envious of female lead Kim Mi-so’s fashion, then the elegant chic style is perfect for you! The pieces that suit this style are usually simple, but the classic designs exude a posh and elegant vibe. While neutral or light colours are best for a softer everyday look, you can also go for darker bold colours in order to boost your girlboss energy.
For a pop of colour, you can pair a neutral-coloured outfit with a bold-coloured handbag as a statement piece and get the best of both worlds.
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The girl-next-door look is perfect for looking professional while maintaining a youthful vibe / Image: HanCinema
For some of us, transitioning from casual attire to full formal wear may feel a bit uncomfortable. If you’re a fresh graduate, or working at companies (such as start ups, pun intended) that are more lax with their dress codes, you could go for the girl-next-door look instead. Instead of dress pants, you can pair a nice blouse with a pair of jeans (no rips though!), or you can even forgo blouses entirely and rock a cute dress.
Midi and maxi dresses are great for office wear, and if your office gets chilly, then you can throw a cute pastel-coloured sweatshirt on top for an outfit that is both cute and practical.
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IU rocks the loungewear style in a matching hoodie and sweatpants set / Image: Twitter
If you’re working from home and are now a proud owner of multiple pairs of sweatpants, congratulations, you’re already half an expert on the loungewear style. While this super comfortable style isn’t new to the fashion scene, it’s definitely seen a rise in popularity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trick is to choose designs that are comfortable, but not too casual. Luckily, as this trend continues to gain popularity, Korean streetwear brands are diversifying their casualwear designs, allowing us to stay fashionable and in trend without having to compromise on comfort.
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Which style do you like best?
There are actually many different styles of outfits that we can wear to work, depending on the dress code of your office. For people working in more formal environments, going elegant chic is a great way to add some style to the monotony of regular office wear. The girl-next-door look is especially suitable for fresh graduates who are just starting out at their first jobs, and these days loungewear is no longer only an option for those who work from home, as an increasing number of young Koreans are starting to wear sweatpants and hoodies even to the office!
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