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[Theme of the Month] Trend inspirations from our favorite dramas

I don’t know what curious pull it is that dramas have, but while I’m fairly resistant to trends and fads in real life, I often find myself powerless to fight fashion/food/object envy when I see something unique or interesting in a drama. It’s like my willpower caves and I’m suddenly hit with a craving for ramyun/deep longing for that lip color/a hitherto undiscovered need for that particular style of coat.

Who watched What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim and went out and bought threader earrings, pencil skirts, and flowy sheer blouses that look like they cost a month’s rent apiece? Who else never found pink eyeshadow appealing until watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju and then went on an eyeshadow rampage trying to find the exact color match? Whose main takeaway from chaebol-revenge-thriller Yong-pal was to get a fierce bob like Kim Tae-hee? And who saw Legend of the Blue Sea and was filled with a deep well of envy over Jeon Ji-hyun’s high-low mixing of Chanel couture and I’m-a-homeless-bag-lady bravado?

I know I’m not alone in this, so let’s talk it out for this month’s theme, and let our wallets commiserate together.

What are some trends, fashions, or tastes that you’ve pursued because of a drama’s influence? How did it turn out?

 
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  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on September 26. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

 
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Oooh la la, yes to kdrama trends that but no to brokeness. 😭

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No to brokeness but oooh la la yes to dress like broke people in dramas. πŸ˜‰

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the broke people in dramas are much better dressed than me...

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AND dating prettier men
(can the above be a trend inspiration?)

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Same 😭 Plus their amazing visuals mean that even a trash bag on them is transformed to couture.

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Pooh, these should be fun to read.

I have not pursued any trends though have admired them. Watching Queen In Hyun's Man I keep admiring the Hanboks. Obviously I'm not going to wear one for many reasons, but I keep thinking I could take inspiration from the rich colors. I'm very much a jeans and casual tops person. But maybe richer or different color choices and different fabrics in my shirts, sweaters, and coats.

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That should be Ooh.

Though I love Pooh I would not take style advice from him.

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I don't know, Red and Gold, very Imperial πŸ˜‰

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With no pants and my tummy sticking out.....it would make a statement.

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This comment made me laugh out loud! If we dressed like Pooh we would be arrested.

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Thanks to Kdramas, I'm always updated about the latest trends.😍
Looking forward to read all the entries. ^__^

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A while back, a friend was complaining about how men looked ridiculous because their suits suddenly had these super tight and short pants and I was like, where have you been? Then I realized it was old to me because that look came to kdrama so long ago.

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LOL that’s true, I don’t need to read fashion magazines, I just need to watch k-dramas πŸ˜€ They always wear the newest trends!

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omg like the cropped flares. The first time I saw them in a kdrama, I was like "WUT?!! Why?!" And now it's in all the stores.

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I have only been influenced twice by dramas (The Good Wife, Misty). I was so impressed with David Lee's fashion in a particular episode that I bought something similar by another designer -- it was an oxford shirt w/a contrasting collar. One of my favorite purchases, lol. Then I bought a bright pink pantsuit for a wedding, inspired by Go Hye-ran the Pantsuit Goddess.

Other than that, I do a whole lot of admiring and do my own thing. LOL.

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The fashion in both The Good Wife and Misty were so on point and so incredibly sleek!

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Misty made me want to buy pantsuits even though I work in a very casual setting.

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Another theme in which I can't say a word, because just like PPL, I rarely notice and never ever follow whatever trend or tendency 😐... I just don't see it.
But hey, I will be glad to read all your words on this topic, beanies! πŸ˜‰

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Just like the kdrama PPL theme, I don't think they'll publish a post with the word 'no'.

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I definitely got inspired by Song Ji-won from Age of Youth to be confident enough to embrace the quirky and fun side of Korean fashion... now my wardrobe is full of weird but fun pieces of clothes.

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Kdrama trends I've successfully adapted are gradient lips (I know, not everyone likes that look, but I love it and use lip tints almost every day), chunky shoes and several interesting clothing pieces. Also, I recently managed to convince my husband to layer a linen shirt over a T-shirt for that Yang Se-jong in 30 but 17 vibe. No shame about that :D
I'll definitely be looking forward for beanie stories!

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Your husband must love you a lot- because I guarantee that it got warm under all that.

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Well, given that it was a breezy evening – I guarantee that he felt just right.

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Glowy makeup!! For some reason, I’m all about the dewy skin these days, and the oh so natural look - no doubt inspired by kdrama standards!

Ah and ramyun, (more like a kdrama habit), I will only ever eat from the pot itself, using the lid as a saucer.

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The trademark short hairstyles of the second female leads(with the shorter side tucked behind ears , long dangling earrings) , the summer clothes, the shoes & the coats which I can never use in my tropical country........
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Are all I wish I could buy πŸ˜‚
I'm too broke to buy anything even though I so love those outfits & makeup. So it's just saving screenshot after screenshot of my fav looks πŸ˜‚

My latest love are the pretty outfit used in Ganam Beauty.
Both Mi rae & Soo ah(the 🐍) are slaying those pretty blouse & dresses.

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Kdrama has influenced me so that I now have second female lead short hair with one side is currently tucked behind my newly re-pierced ear which will soon have a long dangly earring.

My true kdrama love though is all the coats. The coat envy is strong.

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I'm glad at least you achieved one of these. T.T

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I'm with you. I love all the dresses that are worn by the lead in 30 but 17. But when I see the posts about how expensive those clothes are in real life - I go back to my jeans and sweaters. sigh...

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I finally caved and went out to get three different flavours of maxim coffee sticks after seeing then in misaeng and then again in my ahjussi.

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When we started watching dramas 4 yrs ago my sister and I were struck by asymmetrical zipped jackets - so when I saw one while shopping I had to have it. Then we bought matching flowered pants "ajumma-style" - very comfortable!

The influence on our food choices has been huge! Regularly have kimchi making parties with friends. Just made 20th batch. We have four flavors of soju on hand.

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When my family visited my grandmother in Korea, she gave us all those flowery country ajumma pants - even my brother-in-law! Although he got the lone leopard print pair. :D That pant style has a name - I forget what, though my mother told me. To be right, they have to be both stretchy and baggy.

These days, she and my grandmother rock the contrasting flower-print pants and flower-print jacket at the same time. It's quite a look!

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For starters, I've learned that it is almost impossible to find the same black, high-ankle booties all the leading ladies wear with everything (regardless of ensemble color) with no-to-low heels anywhere online. They never match the vision I retained from the kdrama. I also discovered hair barrettes were meant to be worn in the front, not on the side or the back of your head. It's no longer weird-looking to me and is now adorable! Delicious soup only takes about 15 minutes to make, not the hours-long production I thought it involved.

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As an aside, this article is accompanied by a rather vile bigoted right wing American political ad on my computer.

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Yes to piqued interest in threader earrings from k-dramas!

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Oooouuuhhh yes long coats, jeans and booties. Age of youth clothes, citt clothes. Btiofl clothes. ❀️❀️ I just might write this month

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I’m crazy about Korean winter parkas, they look so comfy and warm. It’s too bad they don’t ship worldwide 😩

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Important question. Where can I get those earrings of Park Min Young's in the picture above? I lusted after them during that episode and browsed around but couldn't find anything. They aren't threaders but seem to have an ear jacket. I want them!

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I like this theme but I was never influenced by any styling from K-dramas. They look nice on the actresses because they have nice figures to go with the styles and not to mention, they are pricey. The only styling I adopted so far is Bong Soon's hairstyle. Too bad, I still could not bag myself CEO Ahn.

Most interesting bit....most K-actresses pulled on very bad almost hideous styles outside of dramas. Seem like they themselves never adopted or influenced by the gorgeous drama styling.

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The K-Drama actresses will and do dress up when the occasion warrants it- but I think want to dress down at all other times for the same reason that I have never wanted to take a cruise: I was once in the Navy- so when I look at a cruise ship it simply looks like work.

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Kdramaworld, where each poor candy heroine somehow also has an indefinite collection of expensive coats in every colour imaginable to match the mood of the day.

My (somewhat cheaper due to budget constraints) coat collection has subsequently also grown quite a bit since I started watching kdramas ... I am guilty of being a prime target for ppl.

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Ahn Yo Na bunny overalls and pink lipstick (was almost tempted to start using some make-up, but no, not for me, never have, never will)

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My love of the utter coat-porn in MG 2018 (the obvious best thing out of that whole---we'll leave it there) sent me into fits and flights of fancy. My wallet laughed at me and led me home again.

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Well, at least then you won't have to worry about doing a closet expansion, too πŸ™„

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Haha, this should be fun to read! Not enough for a whole post, but I've gone out and bought those cute spa headbands the female leads always effortlessly wear when they come out of the shower. I got the bunny ones the lead in Because this life is my first life twisted around and wore (but it doesn't look so cute on me) and I know park min young wore one in what's wrong with secretary Kim that I saw on Amazon lately. They're cheap enough to satisfy my craving without breaking the bank. But they definitely always look better on the actresses!

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Hmm, I'm too broke to purchase ANYthing I sight in Kdramas. But my dream is to buy ALL the endless, fashionable coats( all those winter coats!) and of course, the food. I'm planning to go to Korea some day and eat every tasty dish I've seen in dramas

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Kdrama helped me up my style game as a guy. I wear casual suits now when I'm out like on the weekend, my favourite is the dark blue cashual suite jacket with the high hemmed suite pants with sneakers, and a casual white t-shirt.

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Excellent response! πŸ‘πŸΌ Men often underestimate how great they look in white shirts ❀️ They're very flattering (because they reflect light up onto your face, but just trust me πŸ˜‰)

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Good for you. Back before I gave up on American television (except for College football and Major League baseball) I enjoyed most of the first few season's of "How I Met My Mother" (sadly, it was the ninth season which was the final straw). One of the funniest moments on the show was when they did a musical number entitled "There's Nothing Like A Suit". You can probably find it on YouTube. It took my wife and I years to finally persuade our son of the value of dressing decently and having good grooming.

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Could I point out that this does not necessarily have to apply to fashions in clothing, hair or skin care? Although, even as a guy I was in awe of some of the outfits in Misty. How about some of the handheld technology? If you watch closely you will see a never ending stream of the latest in smartphones, tablets, etc. If there is a brand new gadget you can just bet the half of Korea owns it before we even see it over here.

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I am late AF to this but you all KNOW, you know I would wear every single coat in Hwayugi and Meteor Garden and rock those hot pink sunglasses and that beautiful Pineapple Hair, if I could afford them, and if I wasn't so afraid of freaking out my not-a-professional-stylist hairdresser... *still can't find that illuminati coat* *or the sunglasses for that matter* *cries*

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it just hit me, just now: I was inspired by kdrama trends! Last year when it was time for me to get new glasses it was during Father is Strange and Unni had a fierce glasses and sunglasses collection. My current prescription sunglasses and regular glasses are both based off glasses that she wore during that drama. They both honestly make me feel a tiny bit like I'm closing in on becoming a badass like her!

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