Hallyu for Summer

Hi everyone!

The past five weeks has been very intense for me, but quite possibly the best 5 weeks I've ever had in university. I had the great opportunity to work at the Warwick Crop Centre and I learnt a lot from my experience there. Despite the limited time, I handed in my project report on time. It is the final work I had to do before I end my undergraduate study. Hopefully, all will be good when I get my results at the end of this month. For now, there is nothing I can do but wait and enjoy my summer vacation!

The weather in Coventry finally warmed up and the transition between spring and summer has finally begun. Since I have plenty of time, I spent the first few days of my holiday catching up with my recent korean drama obsession, "The Producers". Ever since I caught on the Korean Wave (Hallyu), I've not only fallen for the addictive TV shows and K-pop but also the Korean fashion. I've been following this new TV programme called 'A Style For You', which is dedicated to international viewers to help us keep up with the latest trends in Korean fashion and lifestyle. One of the major trends in Korea is called 'normcore', which bears the meaning in the combination of 'normal' and 'hardcore'. It is one of Korea's hottest trends for 2015 and one of the key things to achieve this look is... denim. Most normcore looks consist of greys, light blues and whites. Normcore is about looking effortless and stylish at the same time. 

Since I am a fan of colours, I won't be achieving a total normcore look. Instead, I'll be using denim as the key component of this outfit, inspired by the use of denim in normcore looks in Korea. 

Top - Top Shop
Dungarees - Top Shop
Sandals - Vagabonds

Korean fashion is all about looking young and fresh. From their no-make up make up styles to their intense skin care regime, Korean stars always look flawless on the red carpet to the streets. Aside from the importance of having young skin, in an episode of 'A Style For You', the public had complimented one of their hosts, Hani for having the most relaxed and youthful style. In K-dramas I've also noticed that the women usually wear something easy and simple, no more than one or two pieces. Achieving that youthful look, I went for a dungaree dress from Top Shop as my main element for the outfit. To wear underneath, I chose this mustard with a high neckline, perfect to add fullness to the outfit. For this ensemble, I chose my heeled vagabonds sandals.

Petite Tee - Top Shop

If you're not a fan of sleeveless tops, I would suggest to go for the classic white tee to wear underneath your dungarees which is still light enough for the summer heat! 

Rucksack - Iris Sandals

I love the details on the sleeves of this shirt! It adds a more feminine and nostalgic touch to the look. I went for my all time favourite, my black rucksack by Iris Sandals which matches everything in my closet!

Necklace - Enya Bijoux  (instagram @enyabijoux)

To complete both outfits, I wore this lovely necklace that I received from local jewellery designer Enya Bijoux. This is the 'Initial Necklace' which suits perfectly for this outfit. Simple, charming and effortless.

A special thank you again to Enya Bijoux for the beautiful necklace. Come and get inspired with the beauty of Enya Bijoux pieces by following their instagram account @enyabijoux. Get in touch with them at +673-7111427 and if you prefer, you can also follow them on their Facebook page

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did! This is something I've always wanted to wear and I can't wait to explore more Hallyu inspired styles! I'll see you very soon. Happy summer vacation!

Photos by Zhafir Zamani and Ainul Apri.

With Love,



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