Even the Clothes in ‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’ Have Meanings

The secrets behind the clothes wore by the main characters in tvN drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay have been revealed.

Recently, the unique styling of the actors, including Seo Ye Ji, Kim Soo Hyun, and Oh Jung Se, is drawing keen attention from viewers.

In response, costume director Cho Sang Kyung, who is in charge of character styling, revealed the main characters’ concepts and hidden intentions.

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She said, “The basic looks were set up in consideration of the situation and the history of the characters so that their appearances alone can make people guess their personalities and history.”

First of all, she explained the clothes of Moon Kang Tae, played by Kim Soo Hyun, saying, “It’s an everyday look that doesn’t stand out as much as possible with a cotton T-shirt and corduroy pants. I visually embodied the character who has lived his entire life for his brother rather than himself.”

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Then director Cho Sang Kyung added that as for Moon Sang Tae, played by Oh Jung Se, she studied a lot to come up with the idea of only using striped pattern clothes. She said, “Looking at the characteristics of those with autism working as artists, I simplified the clothes into similar clothes by using stipped pattern shirts that repeatedly utilize the patterns.”

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As for the secret to the styling of Go Moon Young, played by Seo Ye Ji, who is receiving much attention for her colorful outfits, she said, “I tried to use the Gothic style that goes well with the fairytale she writes. Every outfit she wears is dazzlingly decorated, but such styles are her self-defensive tool. I also wanted to show the ‘infinitely weak inner self’ of Go Moon Young.”

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay tells the story of a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who doesn’t have time for love and a storybook writer who has never understood love.

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