How to Elevate Basic Fashion Staples, as Seen on Your Favorite K-Drama Leads

Layering is key!
by Kate Detoya   |  Aug 22, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Business Proposal/Netflix, Instagram/eunbining0904
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Tired of the basics and want to mix up your clothes for a change? No problem! Korean fashion prides itself on mixing and matching seemingly ordinary-looking pieces and creating charming looks that will suit the Filipina taste. Luckily, you won’t have to spend much to elevate your ‘fits because you can just work with what you already have! You only need to pair the right clothes to create the perfect fit that channels ~leading lady~ vibes.  

Below, we have listed down six easy ways to elevate your next OOTD, according to K-drama leading ladies:

1. Layer a sweater vest over a button-up shirt

A button-up shirt with a plaid sweater vest gives off that school girl vibe. Go Mi-ho (played by Im Yoon-ah) from Big Mouth wore hers in eye-catching shades of pink, making her outfit look playful and youthful with its printed patterns. To balance out the design, you can pair it with a simple skirt or pants like Mi-ho.

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2. Wear a blazer over a button-down shirt

Woo to the young to the Woo! We love how Woo Young Woo (played by Park Eun-bin) in Extraordinary Attorney Woo gave personality to her otherwise ordinary button-down shirt by wearing a blazer in a warm contrasting color. 

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3. Layer your button-down shirts

Level up your smart casual office wear like Kook Yeon-soo (played by Kim Dami) in Our Beloved Summer by layering your button-down shirts and pairing them with dark pants. A light color like powder blue makes you look fresh even when you’re already haggard at work.

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4. Throw on a graphic tee over a long-sleeved shirt

For a ‘90s throwback, you can wear a graphic tee over a long-sleeved shirt and rock that casual streetwear like On Ma-eum (played by Kim Sejeong) in Today’s Webtoon. You can be comfy and look cool at the same time! Go strut with that ~swag~.

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5. Don a textured coat over a fit top

Look sultry and classy for a fun night out like Shin Ha-ri (played by Kim Sejeong) as she dons a bodycon top, a fur coat, and shorts in Business Proposal. This outfit will flaunt your curves while providing enough cover in humid weather.

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6. Wear a dress over a shirt

Want to look sports-ready while looking feminine and cute? With this fit, you can channel your inner Hye-Jin (played by Shin Min-a) from the K-drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. To cop this look, you’ll need an apron dress, a white shirt, and a matching visor cap that keeps you safe from the glare of the bright sun. For shoes, you can just use your standard white kicks!

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