Neutral tones and natural fibres are de rigueur for the chic in Seoul this season. Straw hats and bags, leather sandals. Loose smock dresses, wide-legged cotton trousers. This most urban of urban cities is embracing a pastoral aesthetic, and they won’t let a little rain (and the threat of transparency!) dissuade them.
The Sport Sandal. One of our favourites, because nothing says athleticism like exposed toes. Soles are thick and bouncy, colours are bright and diachromatic, straps are fat and ready for action. Ready, steady, go!
Summer is for sandals, and this season Seoul is saying Hola! to the huarache. Complex braids or simple straps, leather to suit the natural fibre trend, or black and manmade fibres for an urban edge. However you choose to style this look, hurry, because they are flying off the shelves!
Couples in matching ensembles is one of our favourite trends. Most usually the purview of the younger set, attention to detail is key. Matching shorts, heavy sandals, and wide-striped tshirts are trending, and after all, when one has a chic look, why not double it?
Linen linen linen.
Summer is hot and humid in Seoul, and nothing’s quite as nice as an open weave on overheated skin. Wear it loose and relaxed; drifting open silhouettes for dresses, untucked and open-necked for shirts. And if you can’t find a neutral shade to suit, go wild with colourful jungle prints.
One of our favourite looks sees young women pairing bobbed hair at a classic length, with bold red lips. Then a long, soft knit cardigan or sweater over a calf-length skirt for a classic urban Seoul style.
Gangnam is still wearing black.
Trousers. The slim leg is still here, particularly appropriate for the crowded metro, but Seoul is saying annyeong to the wider leg as well. The cooling weather says wool wool wool, in earth tones, pleated fronts, and classic herringbone. Braver souls take their geometrics larger with oversized plaids and bold contrast.
Autumn in Seoul is glorious, and while daytime is warm and mild, the light coat comes into its own in the evening cool. This season trench coats and light rain coats hang straight and comfortable to the mid calf. Worn without belts, we see longer versions of the softer shoulder and bulkier silhouette. Classic colours range from timeless camel to dove grey. Even in perpetually noir Gangnam.
Man bags. What gentleman of fashion would ruin the line of a good suit by filling his pockets? Think leather, slim-line, and elegantly simple.