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[Beanie Recs] Business fashionistas


Ahoy, Beanies! It’s time to gather your collective genius for a new recommendation series that features you and your drama knowledge. Each week we’ll drop a drama conundrum and leave it up to you to provide a drama rec, and the appropriate rationale behind it, be it long or short. Respond below!

Seo Hyun-jin’s character in Why Her? has a killer professional wardrobe that makes my closet weep with envy. I don’t have her budget, but I can still draw inspiration from K-drama fashionistas. Any other dramas to recommend with awesome workplace fashion?


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Park Min-Young in What's Wrong With Secretary Kim or in Her Private Life.

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Kim Seo-hyung's Jung Seo-hyun in Mine.
Seo Yea-ji's Lee La El in Eve.
Park Min-young's Sung Deok-mi in Her Private Life and WWWSK are a good lw budget.
Soo-ae's Kang Yi-kyung in Glass Mask.
The trio ladies in Search:WWW.

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I love office fashion in kdramas! Even though some of the stuff would never pass muster in an office where I live or is way out of budget. Some recs -
1. Lee Da-hee in Search:WWW and The Beauty Inside
2. Son Ye-jin in CLOY and Thirty-Nine
3. Jeon Yeo-been in Vincenzo
4. Song Hye-kyo in Encounter and Now, We Are Breaking Up
5. Kang Han-na in Start-up (probably the most affordable of the lot)

For fashion that is trendy, affordable and more workplace-appropriate, all the workplace romance C-dramas are also a good source.

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I loved some of the looks in Vincenzo, especially in the scene where our two lawyers look like absolute rock stars getting out of the car for the trial - that pink suit was amazing, and only looked better next to Song Joong-ki's blue one!

Other ones that came to mind were Search WWW, which has lots of powerful women in powerful clothing, and Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity, where the female lead has to figure out what she can wear that is appropriate for a law office, but also fun and interesting for her.

This is kind of a weird one, and I honestly don't recommend the drama itself, but I was in love with almost every outfit Nam Joo-hyuk wore in Bride of Habaek. I am pretty much always into suits, and his were fun and androgynous enough that I ended up wanting basically all of them (especially that floral one!) for myself.

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Kang Chul in W-Two Worlds

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IU in Hotel de Luna.

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If you're the boss...

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I loved the clothes in Romance is a Bonus Book.

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I want someone wearing the clothes from RIBB to give me a hug. They looked so soft!

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Kim Hee Sun in Tomorrow
Moon Ga Young in Find me in your memories
Shin Min Ah in Hometown Cha Cha Cha

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I thought we were all equally traumatised by Shin Min-ah's Christmas tree Gucci dress though.

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Among the many irritating things in that irritating drama, that dress stood out like the Namsan Seoul Tower.

Most of her wardrobe was pretty, if just a touch little-girly and impractical for a working dentist. It suited her character.

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definitely shouts of last minute PPL that they had put off till the very end because the dress was a total mismatch for the character and the show.

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I think she wore it because she's a global ambassador for Gucci. Just wish she'd made a better choice!

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And the pairs of $2000 shoes 😬

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😂😂 Yes, it was a pain in the eye but that did not deter me from enjoying her other outfits

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Kim Hee Sun's concept in Tomorrow was perfection from hair to shoes!

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The Vincenzo suits were amazing. I also loved Dan ah’s style in Run On

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Females: (Dresses, Pant suits, Casual, Street wear)
IU in Hotel Del Luna
Seo Yea Ji in It's okay to not be okay
Shin Hye Sun in Angels last mission: Love
Jun Ji Hyun in My love from the star
Park Min Young in Her private life
Han Hyo Joo from Happiness
Lee Bo Young in I hear your voice
Moon Ga Young in Tempted & Find me in your memories
Jung Eunji in Trot Lovers (Lovers of music) & Work Later. Drink now
Seo Hyun Jin in Beauty Inside

Males: (Suits, Casual, Street wear)
Kim Soo Hyun in It's okay to not be okay
Lee Jong Suk in While you were sleeping
Yoo Seong Ho in My Strange Hero
Park Hyung Sik in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Kang Tae Oh in Run on & Doom at your service
Park Ji Hoon in At a distance, spring is green
Nam jo hyuk in Weightlifting fairy Kim bok-joo
Kim min jae in Tempted
Cha Eun Woo in My Id is Gangnam beauty
Seo Kang Joon in Cheese in the trap
Ong Seong Woo in more than friends

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I came here to comment Shin Hyesun in Angel's Last Mission too - I legit loved every outfit she wore, they were amazing!

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Ha Ji-won in The Time we Were not in Love. (I don't recommend this for watching, just for her fashion) 🙃

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I like the men’s wear in most of the dramas where they are doing ok financially as they seem to consistently get clothes that suit the season, are really well fitted and I love the range of long coats, and nice suits.

The women on the other hand have shorts, or mini skirts regardless of the weather, ridiculously high heels and random extreme fashion styling especially if they work in fashion design department. It took me ages to get that it wasn’t that Korea was obsessed with mini skirts but it was just plain sexism across the different dramas. School uniform was a prime example until they started showing the girls with tracksuit bottoms under the skirts. It’s so bad they now have a blanket or boys coat to protect their dignity when they do the obligatory piggy back ride.

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There's probably a whole thesis in the difference between school uniforms in Korean and Chinese dramas.

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Haven't seen these two being mentioned:
- Seol In Ah and Seo Hye-won in Business Proposal - I love Kim Se Jeong but her wardrobe was a little tame or too girly for my liking
- Kim Go Eun in Yumi's Cells (tbh her wardrobe is a little more accessible for the everyday employee. It's not very flashy though, compared to all the forementioned wardrobes)

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Kim Nam-joo in Misty

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Definitely. MISTY (Kim Nam-joo) AND DALI (Kim Min-jae).
My two nominations.

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Vincenzo for the killer suits.
Run On for the awesomely stylish yet pragmatical and comfy Seo Dan-ah.
Dali and Gamjatang, the Audrey Hepburn style sported by Kim Dali
The Red Sleeve for the most vividly colored hanboks of Yi San.

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omg how could I forget Dali and Moo Hak's fashion?!

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I Do, I Do (set in a fashion workplace) really stylish Kim Sun Ah leads the show

Run On (I really liked the FL's chill feminine fashion)

Her Private Life (Tailored to perfection!)

It's Okay, That's Love (Gong Hyo Jin's hipster fashion)

I Hear Your Voice (Classy workwear attire)

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Some of my all time favorites are:

*Gong Hyo Jin's in Camelia's Bloom
**Kim Go Eun in Yumi's Cells
***Jung So Min's Because This is my First Life and Monthly Magazine

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Kim Hye-Soo in Hyena. Her wardrobe is almost a character in and of itself, and puts the “power” in “power suit.” I love that as she rises from fly-by-night shyster to the top of one of the elite law firms, her clothes go from kinda trashy to increasingly luxurious, while still retaining their flamboyant style and eye-popping colors. Her wardrobe is the perfect expression of her “I’m here. Deal with it” personality. 🤩

Ju Ji-Hoon is a pretty snazzy dresser in this show, too, though in a (much) more understated style.

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Gosh I love Hyena. That was a fun show! Kim Hye Soo and Ju Ji Hoon's style together were perfect. I did love he started to dress more snazzier in the last episode (the plaid suit with brown oxfords with blue tips) to match her. That signified they were both equals now.

I really liked Kim Hye Soo's phone crossbody thing she wore, probably one of the first to wear it! Also loved the motif with her big square sunglasses as well! The reflection would show off her big dream of buying the luxury law firm!

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I love Chae Jung An and Ko Sung Hee's wardrobes in Suits.
Another actress who I think is elegant and smart in whatever she wears is Kwon Nara.

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