Korean Fashion Has Greatly Evolved Due to Inspiration from the West

It’s not like we’re sneered at or excluded from anything. Complete the look with key accessories such as scarves, belts, caps and ties to look ulzzang or like your favorite Korean fashion drama or K-pop idol.

Korean spending and fast-fashion have been going strong for years. But we always get the “Oh! You’re a foreigner!” kind of deal, in which we’re always reminded that we’re outsiders, rather than a part of Korea, you know? Even our friends who have mastered the Korean language or married their Korean partner will still be viewed as “foreigners” by Korean people that don’t know them, and they will never really have to fit the rules of Korean society completely, even if they do follow all the rules out of respect. Factors that have influenced the changes in South Korean fashion are culture, wealth, and (social) media. Korean people are always super nice to us, friendly, helpful, and generous. And with all that demand for high fashion, it’s the perfect opportunity for homegrown Korean designers to make it big.

In recent years, the fashion in South Korea has greatly evolved, due to inspiration from the West. Korean celebrities are starting to have a real influence in fashion. But according to the Financial Times, Korean shoppers are actually turning away from the luxury brands they’ve been known to love, like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, to embrace hipper (though still expensive) designers, like Givenchy and Céline.

“Forty years ago we were still wearing traditional Korean clothes! These days it’s a Uniqlo T-shirt and a Chanel jacket with a Fendi bag. In addition, the Korean Wave (the spread of appreciation for South Korean culture) is beginning to affect the fashion world. Korean fashion caters to a woman's needs for versatile styles, from romantic and girly to urban and cute-tomboyish. Thanks to the refined materials, sophisticated workmanship and fashion-forward designs of its expansive selections, KakuuBasic is the top-of-mind destination for Korean fashion. Seoul has become a very, very trendy city, and everything is changing so fast,” Korean fashion designer Demi Choonmoo Park tells me as we sit in her showroom in Apgujeong-dong, surrounded by racks of her abstract, architectural creations.

Now, don’t take that in a super-negative way. This fashion phenomenon will soon be worldwide.

Tap into the Korean wave (or "hallyu") with over 100 carefully curated brands featuring oversized coats, adorable tees, lacy dresses, leggings, sweet jewelry, coveted bags and much more. In fact it’s the opposite, but we’re still SEEN as outsiders who don’t “have to” do what Korean people do to fit in. Dive right in to shine like a K-Drama diva!

With Chanel’s Cruise collection showing in Seoul, no less—it’s clear that the Korean capital’s fashion - savvy consumers have a significant influence on the global industry. For example, pop stars from Korea have recently been making appearances in places like New York. With over 100 women's fashion collection at KakuuBasic.com to choose from and more added every season, it's easy to put together both classic and on-trend pieces for a versatile wardrobe and lifestyle. Easily mix and match pieces for every mood and personality, ranging from dandy, preppy and smart casual to androgynous, boy-next-door, vintage or gothic. The country's developing economy has also had a profound effect on fashion.

Korean women's wear is at the forefront of fashion with hot-off-the-catwalk looks boasting comfortable fabrics and refined workmanship.