3 Outfits Inspired by Korean & European Fashion

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Hey reader,

Long time no see! Today we are going to be looking at Korean fashion and its adaptation of influences around the world. More specifically, what are the differences and similarities of Asian and European beauty standards? If you have been following along on the blog, you’d know that I’m currently in Korea – the fashion hub of Asia. Before coming here, I was worrying about the latest trends and how I was going to blend in. After spending around two weeks gaging the vibe, I am now able to put my own twist to what I think mixes both Western and Asian styles together.

First off, as you can see in the picture on the right, the photos that were posted as inspiration for the designs were taken with a European aesthetic. Keep in mind, this photo was taken in Taiwan, since fashion in Asia mostly stems from Korea or China. You can also see how the designs are clean-cut and neutral in color. Both Korea and Europe similarly design styles that are practical for everyday wear yet stand out on the streets and runway.

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However, don’t get me wrong because fashion in Korea tends to be more colorful and fun as well. Walk down the street and you will find heaps and heaps of tiny accessories of different shapes and colors. I lived in Germany for three years and can’t say that I found the styles showcasing these types of accessories. I’d give the credit to K-Pop and Korea’s open mindedness. Even men’s fashion is a lot more feminine, sporting more bold and bright colors. Women’s fashion also tends to appear more “cutesy” as you can see in the display above. With these trends in mind, I put together a few outfits of my own mix and matching the same pieces.

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  1. Pretty in Pink

Inspired by our trip to a summer getaway, I opted for a fun girly look. In the states, I probably would not wear this much pink at one time, but for some reason in Korea I’m definitely embracing the “millennial pink” a lot more. Here, you can see both European and Korean fashion in my Zara flared shorts and pink blouse LiNE. I also chose matching sneakers from Adidas to be both comfortable and chic for our walk along the mountains.

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  1. Lilac Flowers & Skirts

The next morning we hiked to The Garden of Morning Calm, a beautiful 30-acre garden of flowers and bonsai trees. I kept my same essentials, but switched up my top and bottoms for a more contrasted look. I paired this basic black top from LiNE with this long lilac skirt from Zara. One of the trends this summer are mid-length skirts, which I love because it’s both classy and modest. Especially in Korea, I’d say that the styles are maybe a bit less revealing and more towards the conservative side.

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  1. Platform and Chunky Shoes

Using the same pieces as before, I took the black top from Look 2 and paired it with the Zara shorts. This neutral look felt complete with these chunky white FILA sneakers. When chunky sneakers hit the runway last fall in Europe, many people either love or hated it. In Korea, platforms and shoes with height are being designed with this influence.

So there you have it! I would love to know your favorite outfit or which one you can see yourself wearing. Overall, the fashion and beauty standards in Europe and Korea are influencing each other, which is the best part. While both styles are practical and clean-cut, Korea’s trends are also heavily influenced by K-Pop and streetwear. Being inspired by the two fashion aesthetics, I was able to curate three outfits by mix-matching the same pieces. Bottom line is whether you plan on traveling to Europe or Asia anytime soon, don’t feel pressured to dress like the locals, but rather take it as inspiration! Beauty standards and fashion trends are different all over the world, so give and take with that in mind.

Xoxo,

TheSkinnyPig

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Fashion in Taiwan: Tulle & More

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Neutrals / Airy / Simple / Eccentric / Unique / Creative 

Fashion in Taiwan is highly influenced by Hong Kong and Korea, in my opinion. This makes sense, since it’s located in between both countries. Nevertheless, it’s unique in its own way. Walking through street hubs to major department stores, I see a consistency of neutral colors with light fabric. Of course, given the heat, no one wants to walk around wearing all black. On top of this foundation, each designer adds their own touch. Take exhibit A for example:

One thing I noticed is that each store is designed to where the interior complements the clothing. In this store, the clothing palette was white black and neutrals. Stores here also have magazines and layouts on tables so each customer can see the designer’s work and inspiration. Here, you can see my favorite pieces, which consists of the simple white structures with details such as bows and collars. Now for exhibit B, we will take a look at Taiwan’s street style with a mix of high fashion:

Although the colors are very similar to before, there are more uses of different kinds of fabric. There’s also details of color like hues of blue and pink. More patterns such as stripes, florals, and stitched on pieces. Again, you can see how the designer’s inspiration was posted on the wall as a reference and mood board. More street style —

Whiple: For men, women, and children for everyday chic comfort. Here

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Next, we will take a look at exhibit C: y-u-e-r

Shades of pink oranges and neutrals with a minimalist vibe for your chic gal.

This was my personal favorite store because it looked like something that I would wear on a daily basis. Every wardrobe needs your basic tops and blouses, and this is the exact style that would provide good quality and style.

Last but not least, exhibit D for those businesswomen and CEO’s out there. Fun fact, I had to stop taking pictures because apparently people come from China, etc to take photos of designer pieces to replicate/copy. Here’s what I could get though —

As you can see, there is street style, daily wear, business casual, and more but they are all consistent in the color schemes. Therefore, it makes the designers that more impressive because in order to stand out, you have to be unique. I really enjoyed shopping in Taiwan overall because it was more of an experience than simply shopping. Each store had its own aura and vision as to what goes on behind the scenes. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting this content together! Let me know what you think.

xoxo,

Theskinnypig