Top Korean Fashion Trends in 2021

by Jih Yun

Keep up with the latest fashion in Korean with this guide to top Korean fashion trends. Check it out!

Korean fashion is the most admired and followed trend by several people right now. Thanks to the Korean entertainment industry for taking over the entire globe with their sophisticated culture, attractive celebrities, and their mind-blowing style. 

Korean celebrity groups and idols with huge fan bases like BTS, Blackpink, and IU have created their fashion trends followed by many people worldwide.

Recently, I have been focusing on Korean fashion trends and also have followed some of them. I must say that their trends are appealing and never cease to amaze me. Hence, I would recommend everyone to try out the latest Korean fashion trends. 

What’s the current fashion trend in Korea and what makes it stand out from the other fashion trends? Read this article to find out the top Korean fashion trends in 2021and,  how most people follow the trend.

Best Korean Fashion Trends

Modern Korean Hanbok

The first one in this list of top Korean fashion trends is the modern Korean Hanbok.

Hanbok is a traditional Korean dress worn by Koreans for over centuries. Koreans consider the hanbok as a special outfit to wear. The hanbok is worn for special occasions like the lunar new year and weddings.

It is worn both by men and women. However, the traditional hanbok is quite heavy and large and might take a long time to put it on. And that’s why Korean fashion designers have designed a modern hanbok which is much more comfortable and convenient to wear. 

Modern Korean Hanbok

The modern hanbok can also be worn daily unlike the traditional hanbok and it looks traditional but it is lighter and a bit smaller than the traditional hanbok. I purchased a modern hanbok for a wedding and it looks absolutely stunning. The material, design, and details are fabulous and I would highly recommend you to try it. You can also find hanboks for men and for children as well, which will make them look traditionally cute.

Korean Street style

Next in this list of top Korean fashion trends we’ll talk about is the Korean Street Style.

Streetwear style has been accepted by most people to look sophisticated. It is quite common in most countries and Korea is not an exception. 

With popular Korean celebrities wearing streetwear usually, you will find many teenagers and young adults have adapted this trend into their lives. And the streets of Seoul are entire of people with streetwear outfits.

Korean Street style

Another reason for streetwear to be in trend is because it can be worn by anyone regardless of gender, age, tradition, or culture. They are simple yet stylish and are also quite comfortable and they do not take a long time to put it on. 

The most popular Korean streetwear outfits are baggy pants, oversized shirts and jackets, and bucket hats.

 Baggy pants are worn with a T-shirt or a crop top and oversized shirts are usually worn without pants. This is because the oversized shirts are long and may not require pants. Oversized jackets can be worn with baggy or tight pants. 

Accessories and jewelry are quite crucial to Korean streetwear style. Sunglasses, chains, and hats are the most common accessories worn by Koreans.

Ankle-length pants

Next we have ankle-length pants in this list of top Korean fashion trends

These are pants that are shorter th.an regular pants and they reveal your ankles. These pants are quite trendy in Korea and are worn by both men and women. Ankle-length pants are worn by Koreans during seasons like spring and fall. The most beneficial factor of ankle-length pants is that they can be bought anywhere and they are relatively cheap.

ankle length korean pants

They complement well with both loose and tight tops, with or without sleeves. They can also be used as office wear with a formal blouse and an overcoat. The most ideal types of footwear for ankle-length pants are heels and shoes. Heels would suit if you wear the ankle-length pants for official use and shoes would be complementary footwear for ankle-length pants if you choose to go for a casual look.

Ribbed shirts

Next one on this list of top Korean fashion trends are ribbed shirts.

Ribbed shirts were overwhelmingly trending in Korea during summer 2020. And the trend continues to this day. 

Ribbed shirts are just like any shirt but with a new design to them. This design is incorporated in a way that is covered in rows of vertical lines. Hence, the shirt is stretchier and much comfortable to wear. It is a classic feminine trend that makes you look elegant and stylish. 

The most unique aspect of ribbed shirts is that it comes in different types of dresses. The most popular dresses are short-sleeved ribbed shirts, short-sleeved gowns, and of course long-sleeved shirts. 

These ribbed shirts go well with shorts, mini skirts, and long trousers and the long-sleeved ribbed shirt is better worn alone. The most suitable footwear for this dress is sneakers.

Crop Tops

The next one on this list of top Korean fashion trends are my favorite – crop tops!

Crop tops are not only a trend in Korea but in other parts of the world as well. However, since Korean fashion trends have become less conservative, Koreans commonly wear crop tops. 

This trend is followed by women and it is well known to make you look cute if worn with the right choice of pants, accessories, and footwear. Crop tops come in various designs and styles like long-sleeved, short-sleeved, and with or without buttons.

korean fashion trend crop top

Long-sleeved crop tops complement well with oversized denim jeans or any long pants. Short-sleeved crop tops go well with tight denim jeans. If you want to make yourself look extra cute, then you should opt to wear a cap or a bucket hat. 

The only ideal footwear for this trend is shoes because crop tops fall into the casual outfits category. A side sling will also be compatible with crop tops.

Button-up Dresses

The next one on this list of top Korean fashion trends are button-up dresses.

This trend is a bit more formal compared to the rest of the trends in this list. Button-up dresses can be considered semi-casual and semi-professional. This means button-up dresses can be worn almost anywhere irrespective of the occasion or surroundings. 

You can find Koreans wearing this dress for occasions like weddings, parties, and even for a date, a button-up dress is considered the ideal outfit. You can also find button-up dresses for both men and women.  

These dresses can be found in various designs and styles like single and double button row designs with side pockets.

Button-up dresses are quite dynamic and adaptable. You can choose to wear this outfit as an overcoat with minimal clothing inside during the spring and fall seasons. However, this dress can also be worn during winter as it’s long and keeps your body warm. 

The best footwear choice for these dresses is thigh-high boots. They add extra height and also enhance the button-up dress and are the best combination of outfits during the winter season.

Top Korean Fashion Trends: FAQ

Why is Korean fashion popular?

Korean fashion is popular due to the rapid growth of the Korean entertainment industry which took over the entire fashion world. Korean fashion is also known to be minimal and simple yet stylish and elegant as well.

What fashion brands are famous in Korea?

The most famous fashion brands in Korea are 8 Seconds, Style Nanda, and TIbaeg.

What fashion is trending in Korea?

There are so many fashion trends popular in Korea in 2021. Some of them are streetwear style, ankle-length pants, cropped tops, and bucket hats.

What should you not wear in Korea?

Although Korean fashion has caught more attention around the world some fashion trends are frowned upon in Korea. Clothes like spaghetti straps, cleavage-baring tops, and any outfit that overly exposes your body must be avoided.

How do you dress Korean style?

Koreans are known for making basic outfits look more modern and stylish. Korean style includes simple outfits like ripped jeans, oversized tops, hats, and school girl look. 

How do Korean girls dress cute?

Korean girls mostly choose simple outfits and match them with nice accessories, like hats and jewelry. They also dress according to seasons by choosing outfits with colors that match a specific season. And hence it makes them look cute.

Korean fashion has taken over the entire world in the blink of an eye and Korean fashionistas are still mesmerizing us by coming up with new fashion ideas. 

Certain trends that were out of fashion are now popular in Korea and are followed by several people. Korean fashion has taught the world that you can still look stylish with basic outfits if worn accordingly and matched with the right accessories.

Thanks to the Korean entertainment industry and the most admired Korean celebrity groups like BTS and Blackpink for introducing new fashion ideas and trends to the entire fashion world. 

Korea is certainly the fashion capital right now with new trends emerging every day and you can look stylish by just purchasing the outfits that are in trend.

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