PICK: Top 5 K-Dramas With the Best Fashion

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Edited by Seo Hayne
Translated by Hana Lee

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Credit: Coupang Play, Netflix, JTBC

The recently released Netflix series Celebrity captures the dark reality behind the glamorous lives of celebrities. The drama unravels the mystery surrounding Seo Ari, who goes from being an ordinary office worker to an influencer with 1.3 million followers overnight, showcasing a stunning variety of fashion styles. Ari’s fashion not only provides visual delight but also reveals the characters’ inner emptiness, adding depth to the story. In this article, we will explore the vibrant outfits of different characters in various dramas and how they offer visual pleasure to the audience.

Agency – Son Naeun

JTBC’s Agency follows Go Ah In (played by Lee Bo Young), the first female executive at a major advertising agency, on her journey to advance her career. Son Na Wun portrays Kang Han Na, the youngest daughter of a conglomerate family, who lands a significant managerial role despite her lack of skills and experience. Han Na’s obsession with social media followers and constant need for attention are evident through her stunning outfits and accessories, with her favorite item being a large bow-shaped hair clip that she effortlessly pulls off with lovely charm. Although Ah In and Han Na, representing office and celebrity looks respectively, seem worlds apart, they unite in pursuit of their individual goals.

Anna – Suzy

Coupang Play’s drama Anna depicts the story of Yumi, who starts with a small lie and ends up living someone else’s life entirely. Suzy earned praise for her excellent portrayal of both Yumi and Anna, showcasing the character’s transformation from her teens to her 30s. Yumi erases her past, including her name, family, and educational background, and starts a new life as Anna, dreaming of a career in politics alongside her husband. The drama uses a variety of outfits to dramatically showcase the changes in her life and situations. Yumi, wearing a uniform while working part-time jobs, strikes a clear contrast with Anna, who dresses in sophisticated and luxurious attire. Suzy showcased more than 150 outfits in this drama.

Kill Heel – Kim Ha Neul

tvN’s Kill Hill explores the desires and struggles of three women in the home shopping industry. Kim Ha Neul plays Woo Hyun, a show host aiming for a comeback after facing both success and despair. She shines in her role as a professional career woman in Kill Hill, showcasing a more polished performance following her previous role as an announcer in 18 Again. She made a bold move by cutting her hair into a chic short bob, which perfectly complemented her stylish and diverse outfits in every episode. According to reports, she actively collaborated with the stylists, sharing her fashion, makeup, and hairstyling ideas to create a stunning look. Her outfits, reflecting her impeccable sense of style, flew off the shelves on the home shopping channel where she participated as an official sponsor.

Mine – Lee Bo Young

tvN’s Mine delves into the lives of two daughters-in-law from a powerful conglomerate family. They desire to break free from societal norms and embrace their own paths, all while getting entangled in a thrilling murder mystery. Lee Bo Young, the retired actress, plays Seo Hee Soo, the second daughter-in-law of the prestigious Hyowon family. Hee Soo’s vibrant and carefree spirit shines through her personality and her fashion choices. During family gatherings, she defies convention with colorful dresses, playfully questioning the family’s seriousness about sticking to somber hues. In her everyday life, she effortlessly exudes elegance and charm, wearing chic dresses and stylish accessories, a nod to her acting background. Mine not only highlights Seo Hee Soo’s unique traits but also beautifully expresses the emotions of the other female leads, Jung Seo Hyun (Kim Seo Hyeong) and Ok Ja Hyun (Kang Ja Kyung), through their captivating costumes.

Our Beloved Summer – Roh Jeong Eui

SBS’s Our Beloved Summer portrays the story of two individuals who were each other’s first love, getting entangled in business affairs after ten years. Public relations specialist Gook Yeon Soo (Kim Da Mi) and renowned illustrator Choi Woong (Choi Woo Sik) reluctantly find themselves in front of a documentary camera that once connected them, confronting their unsettled emotions. Noh Jung Eui appears as the popular idol named N.J, who has a crush on Choi Woong. N.J, being a top idol, captivates with her striking platinum blonde hair, leaving a memorable impact. In a media interview, Noh Jung Eui shared her meticulous approach to styling the character, explaining, “I thought having a flashy appearance would well portray the emptiness inside N.J as an idol. I paid attention to every little detail, from nails to earrings and eyelashes.”

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Editor Seo Hayne: I like actors as they faithfully lead through their long running-time. I also like idols who accomplish everything on stage within 3 minutes.

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