The Travel Look – Because fashion is a state of mind

Last week we traveled to Busan. A beautiful coastal city at the southern tip of South Korea. Busan is the second most largest city in Korea both in terms of population and popularity after Seoul. A 2 night 3 day trip which wasn’t very awaited turned out to be one of the most memorable trip of my life. Maximum fun with minimum luggage with free hands to capture what our eyes see in Camera is my husband’s travel mantra. I abide it. Therefore a long light pink shrug, a pair of light leather-like comfortable boots, a pair of black shorts, 2 tops, a bag with essentials and a pair of cool sunglasses. 

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The experience of sunset added further to happy minds and curious souls.IMG_7149

The pink shrug was so ideal amidst nature and the cool breeze 

 

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Cool water splashes at the Gangwali bridge at night was awesome.
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I was just beginning to take that 4.7 km trail path right behind me. Unplanned of course.
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Boutique Shopping…. The Full Spot Factory & Moeum

Seoul is truly a shopping haven. Unlike other destinations of Asia (where I haven’t been yet) Korea prides itself for its made in Korea label. Unlike any other metropolis Seoul has all of Michel Kors, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Farrago, Forever 21, Burberry, H&M and all yet here exists a great behavior of boutique shopping trends. The best places of Seoul to check out boutique stores would be Itaewon (where I stay ), Appujeong, Gangnam and Garosagil . It was in Garusagil one day while I was wondering with my camera where I came across two stores about which I would like to mention in post today.

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The Full spot Factory – Now this is a popular brand from Italy. Though it has made its presence felt very much in Europe, its now in South Korea for some time. However unlike the trend of getting every single consumer centric name to the glitzy image of ruthless ‘brandism’ the Full Spot Factory is playing it quite and niche among the selective buyers in Seoul. I happened to have strolled into their shop, primarily because of the attractive colors and loved every bit of it. I did not know about this brand before. The Full spot factory Seoul outlet is mainly endorsing bags at the moment and they are worth a buy. Sleek, bright and different would be the 3 words I would like to describe them with. They have different sizes and are priced from $75 (US) and above. Check them out at http://www.fullspot.kr/shop/main/index.php or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fullspotkorea/info.

2 3 4 5 Moeum – Honestly, it was their very inviting walkway décor to the store, which got me. Moeum’s footwear style was classic and honestly was not anything I hadn’t seen before. But even the classic designs, which they displayed, were stylishly unusual. Specially the colors used and the intelligent use of leather. Their collection of summer flats and gladiator flats were very distinct which I have not seen in Seoul or other parts of Korea before. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/moeum/timeline. The décor including the wall art was breathtaking. It will surely attract any buyer’s attention.

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Summer Foot Wears

It’s peak summer now in Seoul and humidity seems to be in its best form. Though this period is very short-lived yet it gives everyone a hard time to cope up with it. Apart from the experience of the lush green view, bright sunshine and a lovely outdoors culture the site of cool casuals and amazing summer footwears are in abundance to experience in the everyday life.

It was few days back I took my Canon T3i camera and went to try out my amateur photography skills.   I thoroughly enjoyed checking out the footwears worn by others. Sharing below some of clicks:

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8 Unconventional Far East Asian fashion sensibilities

It’s been almost 3 years I have been living in South Korea and with every passing day I realize there is a lot left to know about this nation and its culture. This place has an unexplained air about it.  Korea is a nation with a long and deep-rooted cultural history of Confucianism dating back to the 8000 BC roughly. However, modern Korea (South Korea) is a peculiar amalgamation of the past and present. When it comes to fashion the world looks up to the West, so does South Korea. Yet like any other country it has is own way of defining it. Fashion sensibilities of the North Asian countries like South Korea, Japan and certain parts of Northern China are completely different from their South Asian counterparts like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and others. There is a certain unconventional pattern in the appearance, which leaves behind clues from where they could have hailed from. Following few facts are some of the signature looks of Koreans and North Asians, which may lead any other foreigner to be curious.

Lack of creativity with Korean national dress – As I mentioned in my opening lines that Korea is a country with long history. Its traditional dresses too hold a strong place in it. ‘Hanbok’ is a beautiful traditional Korean wear worn both by men and women. Another traditional wear called ‘Hwarot’ worn by women is also very significant. Even at their weddings they choose to wear western style gowns. The use of traditional dresses in daily life can commonly be witnesses on the streets of Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kyoto unlike South Korea where the use of traditional wear is limited to festivities and tourism areas.

A Typical Wedding Image

A Typical Wedding Image

 

Covering up our upper body – South Korea is a place, which witnesses severe and harsh winters. Thanks to Russia, which passes on its Siberian air. The whole country could be seen in their overcoats, Jackets and fancy gloves, especially Seoul, which is the fashion capital of Korea. During January to April the scene is pretty much similar everywhere. Things appear to be different in late April and May and by the time the calendar page sets on June it’s all about flats, chappals, cute Korean hair buns, flip flops, huge bags and super short shorts. The strange thing is no matter how short their shorts are when it comes to their upper body they suddenly become very conventional. Any average Korean or North Asian women are very reluctant to reveal their shoulders. And there’s no way for a low-neck or deep back top.

 

On the streets of Garo-sa-gil

On the streets of Garo-sa-gil

 

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Men use bb cream & lip balms – Korean men, especially the youth are very soft spoken and polite in their behavior. Rarely a Korean man could be spotted making eye contact to a stranger without plausible cause. They are almost always very well dressed and accessorized wearing a layer or two of beauty balm creams. I first noticed it during my first year of working at my workplace when one of my male colleagues asked me to come over his workstation to check out a detail in a power point presentation we were working on. While speaking as I took a very close look at his face I saw him wearing thick layers of foundations that was making the natural color of his neckline prominent. I suggest just pick any Korean drama and see it for yourself how men are into heavy make-up giving women serious competition.

 

Beautiful Korean Men

Beautiful Korean Men

Matching couple dresses – Wearing matching couple dresses are more a part of their casual dressing. But this is a very common sight in South Korea to spot young couples wearing top to bottom matching attire and cozying up in cafes.

Artificial collars – Collars are huge within Korea among women and other North Asian countries. Tops, T-shirts, Sleeveless Shirts (rare), Jackets, dress almost everything comes with Collars. Loose collars can also be bought in different garment markets. These come in various kinds, like plain collars, textured collars, textured collars, designer collars with pearls and laces etc.

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Skirt-Leggings – Well, I could not find out an exact name for this skirt cum leggings even n the shopping streets. They are everywhere in Seoul. Basically these are a pair of leggings with a short skirt attached to them. These are more popular with high school and college students. Young girls in their late teens and early 20s can be easily spotted wearing them in university areas like the Ehwa Women’s University narrow streets, Yonsei University are cafes etc.

Skirts Leggings

Skirts Leggings

 

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Super tight Skirts – Now this is more corporate or formal dressing. During my two year stint of Working in Seoul and mingling with men and women with all kinds of Client servicing industry I noticed women are very much into Skirts for formal occasions and almost never do they wear trousers or pants. But the skirts worn are so obnoxiously tight and cause tremendous trouble in movement. This concern becomes more evident when Korean people, who just love to eat out, go out for lunch. Though not all, but majority of the Korean restaurants have tradition sitting on floor arrangements. The women just struggle to somehow eat their lunch and stand. Guess they invited the idea of “no gain without any pain” too seriously.

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Lace Lace Lace –  Korean and Japanese girls have huge fascination with Lace. One of my friends said it is called the “Dating dress” in Korea. They wear it everywhere. Korean wear even pumps made of different designs of Lace during the summer and honestly it is very comfortable with an elegant look. However lace t-shirts, clutches, hairbands and shrugs is a bit too much.

White Lace - A national obsession

White Lace – A national obsession