Posts Tagged ‘Korea Shopping Challenges’

Is there a reason for my interest in Korean fashion?

Yes!  Before I decided to come to Korea, I got interested in Korean language and culture.  Though I had no idea about what Korea was all about, at the time, I wanted to arrive and jump on the Korean rollercoaster with some awareness.  I found myself getting hooked to the language, culture, dramas, music and “FASHION”.  Now, after 2 years,  I want to share my fashion endeavors with the world on what I like.  I have so many obstacles, first I have problems in communication because of the language, second Korea isn’t as small as you think, I get around on my own two legs, but in Korea that sweater you saw in Dongdaemun, those cute shoes you saw in Insadong, that awesome scarf in Gangnam is like finding gold at the bottom of the ocean.  I’m an everyday girl who has yet to accomplish so much, but I find it natural to see great outcomes from hard efforts.

Why is Korean fashion so awesome to me?

Usually people who like fashion have their own distinct style and taste.  Some people don’t know how to find their own style and I understand these people.  When I was young, after much exploration, and silly dress ups I learned how to look stylish with a small bank account.  Korea has a mix of high and low quality threads, but most importantly, I can runaway from labels!  A lot of times people are paying for the name and getting ripped off because people make the mistake of only wearing name brands to become fashionable. Although in reality, fashion labels aren’t the only route to being stylish.  I want to cover the basics of my everyday life from oddly styled Koreans wearing couple shirts to the items you wish you could wear.  If you plan to come to Korea, by glimpsing this blog, you might want to bring an empty suitcase! 🙂 

K-Style (picture below) + My Style = Leopard hat, Big sweater like this one showing bare shoulder over leggings with high boots = Fun, Flirty, Feminine  

Sweater 45,000, Leggings 10,000, Hat 12,000

Dongdaemun, Seoul, Korea



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Bucheon station has some great shopping selections.  You can easily find awesome designer style looks for 10,000 won, leggings for 3,000 won, t-shirts for 5,000 and so forth.  I blogged about Bucheon station before but I want to start getting into specific boutique shopping in Korea.  Korean sales people are aggressive as soon as you step your foot in the shop.  You don’t even know what they have and they already asking you, “What do you need?”  Their intention is to help you find what you need so that you happily leave the shop.  It feels like they are coming on strongly, but my culture perspective is that Koreans are genuinely being helpful and servicing.  When you enter a shop they welcome you and bow, when you pay at the counter they always give you your money back in your hand and bow.  In addition, they always give you free samples.  At this shop if you are kind enough, they might give you a good cash discount.

This shop name is Daemi 다미.  The owner doesn’t speak much English, but they are the warmest sales consultants.  Prices are not super cheap, but not super expensive for good quality.  The buyer buys mostly from URS inDongdaemun (largest whole sale buying market in Korea).  URS is one of the more expensive whole sale shops inDongdaemun.

They always have at least two-three colors of the same item.  The sizes are free size and to woman this means they don’t have your size, but I would say at this specific shop most of their tops can suit small – large size woman.  The shop is near the basement exit of the station.  Come out the station turn left and walk like 4 shops forward and you can find Daemi.  Small narrow shop.







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The new hair color wave in Korea.   Blue hair, pink hair, and I’m hopeful I can see more.  Korea has too much Fashion cloning going, so it’s  nice to finally see some Korean personality.

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Going on a date, but just spilled coffee on your top.  Welcome to Korean magic, just before you get on the subway buy a new top that doesn’t look the price.^^

Bucheon Street Fashion

This combination of shoes, top, and clutch were my favorite.  Keeping it simple yet feminine.

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