Welcome back to another edition of About A Look, The Level’s weekly lookbook column where we pick a theme and show you how we’d style it. That being said, we’re also running out of themes so feel free to suggest some in the comments.
This week, we’re going with a different feel – one that Yasmin is pretty familiar with, and Jasmine has recently been converted to: it’s Kpop! The Hallyu Wave has swiftly gone global;; therefore, we decided to hop on the bandwagon and channel our inner idols. Without further adieu, say hello to our kpop inspired looks:
If this was a couple of years ago, maybe I’d get back into my Girls’ Generation looks (I miss Jessica) but well, the old Hannah can’t come to the phone right now. I’m sorry, I quoted Taylor Swift. I have sinned. After agonizing over my look for a few days, I figured why fight what works and I went for a look inspired by the baddest female herself – CL. CL’s look has changed from her debut, but I stuck to the tried and true blonde hair and winged liner to keep in line with her signature look. I can’t do extensions though.
I think you’ve seen this piece time and time again, but this Stussy crop top/sports bra works alone and as a great layering piece. The H&M sweatpants are actually because a) #teamcozy and b) it was raining today, but CL does go for menswear inspired pieces pretty often so it all works out.
The white Air Force 1s are a good basic pair of kicks that are sturdy, and yet stylish. To tie it all together, I picked up my Major Drop x Negative collaboration baseball jersey since the oversized fit is very CL and the colors stand out. Gotta rep those local brands!
CL likes big, statement earrings so I picked out another set of hoops from my admittedly huge collection of hoops. Win!
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So Yasmin recently got me obsessed with everything Blackpink, and I’m totally not afraid to admit my bias are both toward Lisa and Jennie (I can’t pick either one, they’re both perfect!). I love that they’re a bit edgier and different from other Kpop girl groups – 2NE1 may have been the ‘OG’ but watch out… Blackpink is here to stay! I love their schoolgirl meets business wear meets fashionably chic style, it’s a nice Asian meets Western balance and suits their whole vibe. Here’s my take on a Blackpink look:
H&M striped dress shirt: RM89.90
Black skater skirt from Forever 21: RM45.90
Black thigh high socks from random sock shop: RM30 (came as 2 pairs)
Pull & Bear ankle heeled boots: RM200
I found this H&M striped dress shirt in the back of my wardrobe (from ages ago). It’s a very statement piece – the stripes are extremely defined and it has a ribbon attached (it’s supposed to be tied as a bow, but instead I used it as faux-suspenders). I love that it’s a little bit cropped although it’s not obvious in the pictures. The black skater skirt is such a classic – can never go wrong with a simple flared silhouette. I felt the skirt matched the shirt very well, lending a girly, smart casual yet chic vibe. The socks I got from some random sock shop from Sunway Pyramid… I really can’t remember where/when I got them. Since I didn’t have thigh high boots, I opted for my favourite ankle heeled boots from Pull & Bear.
And that’s not the only time she wore it. The pink dress is an absolute must have in your wardrobe, alongside with the inner white top, giving you that ‘good girly girl’ vibe to it, especially in autumn. This particular Korean street style goes for a very soft look instead of bold and brash look like Jas and Hannah have done.
Normally, I’m the crazy kpop sasaeng fan in the office. (I got Jas influenced!!! Welcome new victim……hihihi.) But for this segment of About A Look, I went for a more Korean street style as the girls have already taken up my two favourite idols of kpop. I was going to go for a Red Velvet look and just do a large jumper and mini skirt, but whilst shopping (in Sungei Wang because I’m running low on money) I came across this dress and immediately bought it (because I liked the dress) and after recognizing it on a kdrama actress!
If you’re a kpop fan, you’ve most surely watched ‘The Heirs’ and ‘Pinocchio’. The beautiful Park Shin Hye is who I’m dressing up as. Remember that pink dress she wore with that white top in ‘Doctor Crush’? If you’ve forgotten, here’s an Image. Similar isn’t it?
As for my shoes, I was going to wear white sneakers as that is what Koreans would typically wear. Then I remembered my rose embroidered high heeled shoes I wore only once (to prom) and decided hey! This brings a totally sophisticated look to the dress at the same time keeping it rather feminine.
Pink Dress Set: RM35
TopShop Shoes: RM 160 (I got it on sale)