What's fashionable among Koreans now?
Korean girls are very sensitive to current trends. Rather than sticking with one style, most Korean girls are eager to try new things and this year, the bravest fashionable girls are wearing snapbacks and oversized clothes.
Snapbacsk are adjustable, flat-brimmed baseball caps with snap fasteners on the back. The other design elements are the same as fitted, flat-billed caps as worn by professional baseball players.
Snapbacks have become increasingly trendy among young urban teens in Korea starting in the mid-2000s, when Korean celebrities began sporting snapbacks in a nod to hip-hop.
The caps have become ubiquitous in music videos, and even TV shows.
In recent years, K-pop celebrities have used snapbacks to complete their fashion look. Gdragon of Bigbang, for instance, is famous for wearing snapbacks with any kind of clothing, and in various situations.
Suzy is also famous for wearing snapbacks in a video for Hyun-jin Ryu, the South Korean pitcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
More and more fans have adapted the trend, and the snapbacks now are widely worn in Korea.
Korean youth typically wear snapbacks for a casual look, not bending the brim and leaving several retail stickers on.
The oversize look
Oversized fashion has become a popular trend in Korea, thanks to K-pop idols.
Oversized wear, which are different from plus-sized clothes, consists of clothing and other accessories that are larger than normal and reflect some sort of attitude or message. It first became popular in the 1970s, but has made a strong comeback in Korea.
Oversized outer clothes are particularly well loved in Korea as Korean girls could easily show their legs but usually keep their chest area, shoulders and backs covered. In Korean tradition, it’s not permitted to show the chest area, which is considered as somewhat gaudy. That’s why Korean stars love to wear shorts and leggings with large tops.
According to Jin Jae-young, a famous movie star and an endorser of a famous online shopping site in Korea, oversized looks could hide body flaws by emphasizing the skinny parts.
This year, more and more girls are taking to bigger and looser oversized garments, which are paired with skinny jeans, shorts or leggings to emphasize their femininity.