when the humidity’s high, and the temperature is _hot_, Seoul bares skin. Gentlemen sport sporty shorts, and ladies let their legs breathe in skirts.
Our favourite trend is the calf-length trouser. Only just arriving in Australia, this uncomfortable-in-winter style has stuck around for summer in Seoul. We approve!
The ajumma invented power clashing, both in fashion and in bargain hunting, but she understands context. Florals in earth tones or pastels for casual daywear, matched with sensible flats for shopping. But when she goes off-road with her peers, the aunty bumps her colours up into the hi-vis, saturated range. Fabrics are water-resistant, pockets are zippered, and pouches are many.
Truly, this is an aesthetic for the age.
Silhouettes are longer, with straight lines and hanging knits and jackets without a waistline. Hemlines are mid-calf on the fashion-forward, in both skirts and trousers. Unless you are 17, then the very short skirt is chic.
Last season’s uncles have once again heralded this season’s trend: large plaids.
Shoulder bags and slim-line backpacks are always de rigeur for Seoul’s crowded subway, and there are quite a few soft berets and brimmed hats on the street.
If you enjoyed the late 80s and early 90s, you’ll enjoy Seoul in autumn 2016.
Definite highlight of summer in Seoul: the better turned out Gentlemen of Fashion roll their trouser up a little higher to reveal a well-turned ankle and a neat brogue. Approve.
Teen fashion: burkenstocks (matching for couples), thick-soled, thick-strapped sandals (gold, black, white) and legs. Lots and lots of legs in lots and lots of tiny shorts.
Teen boy fashion: bowl cut hair. Say goodbye to shaved edges, and wear it long and thick.
Later this season mainstream fashionistas will be wearing forgettable neutrals (blah), though the edgier peeps will still be rocking the wide-legged, mid-calf length trouser and the longer skirt. Yes please.
Oxford shirts, oxford shirts. Wear them buttoned to the chin, and wear them in every single fabric you can find. Pair them with a round necked knitted sweater or a cardigan. Put a brooch on it.
Skirts are mid-calf, and there are buttons down the front of dresses. Say yes to berets, to huge, dark rimmed glasses, and the sleek bob/sharp fringe is definitely in for ladies of fashion. Jackets and coats are bulky and square – very 1980s.
Trousers are likewise mid-calf (for men and women fashionistas!), fuller-lines (goodbye skinny jeans), and have double pleats and nice placquet pocket features. Think tweed, nice wools, and ‘natural’ colours.
My tip: the sleek-lined, rectangular ‘laptop’ backpack (perfect for Seoul’s packed subway) are in for the more m/s fashionistas, and very excellent. Solid colours for people like me, browns and neutrals with leather features for people like Alice.
Gangnam. I was expecting pizzazz, but found blah. Black skinny jeans, black puffers (with or without fur trimmed hoods), black frame glasses. The goal seemed to be invisibility. Bah.
Men of the older generation favour the bold plaid, particularly in a trouser, and I salute them.
A word about dance wear: the ugg boot comes into its own on winter workshop days. Easy access, easy exit for quick shoe changes. Bravah!