2017 Men Fashion In Korea

Style

Korea is renowned for being fashion-forward in all areas so it is no surprise that men’s fashion in 2017 is no exception. This year has seen a move away from a safe, conservative look for men and a move towards a more daring male style. The look currently favoured on the streets of Seoul is one that combines chic elements with a streetwear inspired style. Menswear now incorporates the traditional Korean look of pristine tailoring together with items such as hoodies, track pants and athletic sneakers.

This style transformation can be seen in the fashion of South K-Pop stars and idols. Many K-Pop stars have embraced the fashion changes and their willingness to experiment with different looks has been inspiring to the nation. The boldness of some of their combinations can be daunting to some but one has to admire their willingness to try something new and embrace the new trend, which has resulted in some stunning outfits that are perfect to copy for anyone looking for Korean inspired style.

In 2017, high-end fashion houses such as Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana are being seen more and more on the streets in Seoul. Men’s fashion is being pushed forward fashion-wise by increasing accessibility to luxury fashion with import lines such as DAILIK and clothing shops like WIIN.These fashion houses are bringing more of an edgy, unisex look to the streets which incorporates cutouts, patterning and the occasional futuristic detail.

Colours

This year sees bold colour clashes as a prominent feature on the Korean male fashion scene. Where once a muted palette was the go to look for men, now flashes of bright colour and unusual colour combinations are becoming more popular.With this trend, men can be seen mixing bright oranges and pinks with blues and greens, or white with black.The neon colours of the 1990s have also seen a big revival in 2017 with everyone from singers to fashion designers embracing the trend and making it their own.

The muted colours of black, grey and navy still have their place in men’s fashion, but now they are being given a refresh. Grey is now being seen as a stand-alone colour instead of just a mix with navy, while blacks and whites are being combined together to make a grafter yet still stylish look. In 2017, the combination of shades is a must for all those who want to push their style.

Streetwear

Street style has been a major influence on Korean men’s fashion in 2017 with brands such as Supreme, Palm Angels and BAPE being the go-to labels for those who want to stay ahead of the trends. Streetwear favours sports centric style with a bit of a twist and this has been embraced by many Korean men.This look is perfect for achieving an effortless cool style and is easily mixed and matched with more traditional menswear pieces. Tracksuit bottoms can be seen teamed with tailored jackets, statement tees with smart shoes and chunky sweaters with trendy sunglasses.

The 2016-2017 fashion season saw a move away from the smartly dressed athlete style to a more rugged, urban-inspired look. Textured fabrics such as neoprene and distressed denim are the key fabrications for this trend, making it perfect for men who want to show off their individual style without looking too formal.

Accessories

Accessorizing is also key to achieving the Korean male style. Men’s accessories are no longer just for functional reasons but are now highly important to overall trend look. Hats can be a great way to make an outfit stand out and can instantly add a touch of edge to any look. Pompom pom-poms are a must-have accessory, adding a bit of texture and making any outfit look more interesting. Chunky chains and statement jewellery are also big this year and are the perfect way to make an otherwise plain outfit look stylish.

Backpacks are also a stand out accessory for 2017. The larger the better as they are the perfect way to give an outfit an edgy finish. Whether you choose a leather or fabric one, this accessory is sure to make an impact and is a great way to stand out from the crowd.

Footwear

Korean style is not complete without footwear and this season’s looks are no exception. Menswear has seen a move towards more unique and daring shoes.High-top sneakers are a particularly popular choice, with luxury brands such as Gucci and Balmain incorporating them into their collections. Classic trainers such as Air Jordans and Nike Dunks are also being seen in abundance on the streets.

On the other end of the spectrum, boots are also very popular. Heavy-duty lug sole boots are ideal for achieving a rugged, outdoorsy look while Chelsea boots are great for a smarter look. Classic ankle boots are also a great investment and can be worn with any style to create a variety of different looks.

Outerwear

Outerwear plays an important role in Korean men’s fashion and is the perfect way to make a statement. This season’s look is dominated by oversized bomber jackets, leather jackets and puffers. Bomber jackets are particularly on-trend and are the perfect way to add volume and texture to an outfit. They come in a variety of fabrics and colours and can be styled in a variety of ways.

Leather jackets have also been a big hit this season, with South Korean idols being seen in an array of styles. Puffers, meanwhile, are the perfect choice for a laid-back, streetwear inspired look. They provide plenty of warmth and come in a variety of shapes and sizes for any style.

David Chavis

David P. Chavis is an avid traveler and fashion enthusiast. With a passion for style and function, he has a knack for finding the perfect bag for any occasion. Whether you're looking for something stylish and professional or something functional and durable, David can help you find the right piece.

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