Summer Fashion Trends: K-Pop Idols In Magazines

Korean fashion magazines love featuring K-Pop idols in their pages and showcase the latest trends on them.  Fashion plays an important part on K-Pop idols’ lives; whether these be through their stage outfits, press events, magazines, or airport fashion.

Korea sets trends that are later adopted on a global scale by big fashion houses.  And even though a stylist coordinates their outfits when an idol appears on a magazine, and sometimes these looks seem too “out there” for the “real world,” they can work with the proper adjustments.

If you wish to emulate K-Pop summer trends, you can always apply them to your everyday style. Be trendy this summer with these different trends that are the season’s “musts.”

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Upgraded basics, monochromatic, and black and white

Basics are one of the standout trends for this summer since they are a very easy trend to apply. This is because everyone has at least a couple basic items in their closets. These are simple, much neglected items that can be easily upgraded, such as a solid sweater, T-shirts, skirts, and blazers. When choosing something to wear, some of us prefer a graphic T-shirt to a solid black shirt. Remember that black solid T-shirt or tank top you bought just to wear it as under garments? Well, they might come in handier now.

If you are a girl:  Cut it up and make it a crop top and pair it with a simple circle skirt (which look great if you  have wider hips).  Take Nana for example, where the stylist paired it with a long printed maxi skirt that gives it a more upgraded and sophisticated look.


If you are a boy:  Get that tank top and pair it like they did with Super Junior’s Donghae, with a white pant (roll up your cuffs, of course) and amazing sandals; you’ll be ready for the hot summer days!


Basics are actually great to create monochromatic (using only one color) outfits. But if this is too monotonous for you, use different shades of the same color. These can play important roles in your full ensemble. Also, a monochromatic outfit can be very sophisticated. It dwells into minimalism and it could be perfect for any occasion. It can be easily dressed up with heels or dress shoes, and dressed down with trainers or flats. The key for achieving the monochromatic look is to pair different pieces together.


If you are not ready for an all-white look (or the color you choose) you might want to try the black and white trend. It’s almost the same as the previous, but you decide on a statement piece that will have the accented shade, either black or white, such as this look by Suzy from Miss A, where the stylist paired a black crop top and circle skirt with a white blazer.

Suzy B&W Outfit


Flowers, stripes, and statement graphics

Mixing prints is a craft that needs practice in order to make the perfect combination. Some folks have innate talent for this, but other might need more help in this department. Trendy prints for the season are  flowers, stripes, and bold graphics. This is one of the trickiest trends to re-create, but most retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 already have amazing prints on their racks. They even sell different pieces (shorts, shirts, T-shirts, jackets) with the same print ready for you too mix and match.

You can make an all-print look ( just apply the monochromatic tips I gave you) or you can make a print be your statement piece. Stripes are very easy to combine with other basic items you have. You can even pair it up like the stylist did with Eric Nam. Simple black shorts, a striped tie, and a short-sleeve dress shirt with a wave print.


Or if you are feeling a little more like an avant-garde fashionista, try it like BEAST’s Doo Joon, where the stylist mixed tropical flowers with black and white stripes.


This trend can be applied more easily to women, so that is why I focused more on the men for this section.


’90s revival and metallics 

The ’90s were all about mixing styles; from hip-hop to grunge to preppy. Ripped jeans, overalls, platforms, over-sized clothing, caps, wide pants, varsity inspired items, and sportswear are crucial elements to achieve the look.

By the end of the decade, the new millennium promised a new future with adding metallics onto our outfits.  Any of the aforementioned elements will help you create the perfect ’90s revival outfit. Just make sure to add a few newer elements to create a modern look.  BEAST’s newest music video for “Good Luck” showed us a good interpretation of the ’90s revival trend. 


Need further inspiration? Do it like the stylists did to BIGBANG’s Taeyang. Get a hold of metallic pants, throw on some creepers , a graphic T-shirt and a biker jacket. This look can apply to either male or female. Just change those pants for a metallic skirt, throw on a baseball cap, and you are good to go.


If you really think about it, you can really create a lot of outfits if you incorporate all the trends. They seem to go hand-in-hand and all of the elements could be used to create a very original and trendy K-Pop inspired look.

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Idols & Personal Lives: There’s a Connection?

Privacy in South Korea for K-Pop idols has become a growing issue in the entertainment industry. Some argue that, as celebrities whose lives are always observed, idols shouldn’t be surprised at the attention; however, do they have a right to have personal lives?

Too many times have I seen and heard of horror stories about sasaeng fans stepping out of boundaries in order to pursue their unhealthy obsessions, but even some seemingly “normal” fans have developed an overbearing presence on their favorite idols. In comparison to the United States, in which privacy is a given to celebrities (and lawsuits be easily pursued against violators), it’s a shocker to international fans who find out about the lack of such an important human right in the South Korean entertainment business.

For those of you who see every “privacy infringement” case as sasaeng-exclusive, I have to disagree.

True, some instances of sasaeng activity seem a bit difficult to prevent, like fans getting ahold of idols’ private phone numbers and bombarding them with calls nonstop. Should celebrities have to face such harrassment? No. Is it still going to happen? Unfortunately, due to the high levels of fans paying large amounts of money to get such information, this practice will not disappear forever.

However, other problematic situations can and should be prevented. Last year, EXO’s Tao was recorded singing in the shower, in his private hotel room; the audio clip was then uploaded online and led to an angry Weibo response from the star. What’s worse? I witnessed so many international fans spreading around this audio clip on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media, attaching such comments like “his voice is so cute,” “this is so wrong but it’s too funny to ignore,” and other disturbing reactions to a creepy incident. We can spend all the time in the world talking about what could have been done, but that would never change the fact that this never should have happened.

What’s wrong with this scenario? Well, what isn’t wrong with it? If you were in Tao’s situation, how would you feel? Having a complete stranger somehow bugging your private hotel room is not only a scene from a horror movie, but it increases your anxiety and paranoia. If they managed to do this, what would stop them from doing something worse?

In the current society with unstable “fans,” the answer is simple: absolutely nothing. And that’s why this article exists. This unhealthy desire to control your bias needs to stop.

These situations are just once-in-a-while types, you say? Well, how about something that hits closer to home: the Baekhyun and Taeyeon dating “scandal.”

Is it immoral to ship your favorite idol with another? No. Is it strange to ship yourself with your favorite idol? No. What’s completely wrong is expecting that reality will follow through with a fantasy.

Fans frequently forget that their idols are manufactured, that they are trained to behave and look a certain way in order to bring about attention and build a fanbase. Outside of fame, idols have personal lives. Whether or not they choose to date someone should NOT be of any issue, because they are capable adults and have the right to seek companionship. It’s unreasonable to believe that they will maintain their single or “pure” status forever, and it’s also unreasonable to believe that they should only date someone that is approved by fans. If you were forced into such a box, you wouldn’t be happy; why would you force someone else to be unhappy, then?

What idols choose to do in their personal lives is their choice, not yours. Disapprove of their decisions, but do not set up petitions and rally to push them off a ladder that they’ve tried so hard to climb. Fans have no right to infringe on an idol’s private business, because that right belongs solely to that idol.

Should overzealous fans be the only ones to be blamed? Maybe not; many SM Entertainment artists have come across this obstacle, from Heechul‘s avoidance of public bathrooms because of fantaken pictures to a camera being installed in Luhan‘s room. This brings another complication to light: what exactly are the security measures being taken because of these instances?

Is it because SM artists are just too popular? Do they attract too many psychopaths? Or is the company choosing to stand by in order not to lose fans and, consequently, their income?

I can’t assume that it’s the company’s fault, but it’s a thought that comes into mind when I keep seeing such behavior. What remains imperative is that many fans need to keep their delusions in check.

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