Korean Oversized Shirt | Style, How To Wear, Fashion And More
Currently, the global consensus is that baggy, Korean oversized clothes are in. And no wonder. An oversized t-shirt is not only comfortable, but it also looks nice, is very versatile, and can be styled in many different ways. When worn with some nice jeans, an oversized t-shirt (or sweater) is a great casual look. Tuck it in, and you suddenly have a cute evening look.
The oversized style is super hip in South Korea. Walk the streets of Seoul, and you will see oversized hoodies, t-shirts, crop tops, and more. Let’s dive into Korean oversized style a little more and find the hottest items at the moment.
Korean Oversized Style
Korean fashion is very versatile. Of course, there is traditional Korean fashion, like Hanbok. Nowadays, Korean street fashion is becoming more popular in Korea, and globally. Seoul Fashion Week is internationalizing this typical Korean streetwear style and many people all over the world are adopting the Korean street look.
So, what is Korean street fashion? Generally speaking, most streetwear is oversized, comfortable, and often contains large logos or sayings. Street fashion differs per neighborhood. Most often, three distinct types of Korean street fashion are named: Hongdae street fashion, Ewha Street Fashion, and Retro Street Fashion.
Hongdae street fashion can best be described as oversized, unisex, and chunky. Big hoodies and t-shirts, one-size-fits-all (boys and girls!), huge logos, and a lot of black characterize this style.
Ewha Street Fashion is characterized by soft, comfy, but elegant clothing. It is less “tough”-looking than Hongdae Street Fashion, and has softer lines and more form-fitting clothes. Think of dresses combined with oversized sweaters and shirts.
Retro street fashion borrows a lot of patterns and styles from the 80s and 90s in Korea. This means bold colors, simple t-shirts without too many logos, and sometimes even shoulder pads.
As you can see, Korean street fashion contains a lot of oversized clothing. The oversized style in Korea is very diverse. Oversized tops – like hoodies, sweaters, and t-shirts – can be matched with baggy pants or jeans for a tough, casual look. Match an oversized t-shirt with a cute skirt or dress, and you have a cute, girly look.
Korean oversized style is worn by boys and girls alike, and mostly by people in their 20s and early 30s. It is not a style often worn to work – because Korean workplaces usually require more professional clothing – but is worn to school, on dates, on a night out, or just a casual day out with friends.
Korean Oversized Shirts
The most popular oversized clothing is oversized shirts. Think about t-shirts, sweaters, cropped sweaters, hoodies, long sleeve t-shirts, and more! You can buy Korean oversized shirts in almost every clothing store on the streets of Hongdae or Ewha. However, if you prefer online shopping, or do not live in Korea, you can also buy them at online malls.
Let’s have a look at some of my favorite oversized clothing items, and how you could style them.
1. Korean Oversized T-Shirt
First up, we have oversized t-shirts. These are a basic item and a must-have in every closet. Some oversized t-shirts have thin fabric – like cotton – and are very flowy, which makes them a little more form-fitting. Other oversized t-shirts are made of a stiffer fabric, which allows for them to keep their oversized shape well. You can wear oversized t-shirts with some skinny jeans, baggy jeans, tucked into a skirt, or under a dress with thin straps.
We really likee this Nerdy oversized t-shirt from StyleUpK. It comes in cream, light purple, or black and contains the Nerdy logo vertically. It is super comfortable and soft and we love that it can be easily combined with different items of clothing. As it is very basic, it can be worn for a basic look, or combined with pants or a skirt with a print. It comes in sizes XS through L.
2. Korean Oversized Sweater
You need an oversized sweater in your closet during winter. You can lounge comfortably in them around the house, but combine it with some skinny jeans or a pleated skirt and you have a stylish look for outside. Korean winters can get very cold, so you can easily wear a warm t-shirt underneath an oversized sweater without it looking bulky.
If you want a cute, cheeky sweater, take a look at this Graver Elbow Free Smile one from StyleUpK. On the elbows is a drawing of a smiley, one with its eyes open and one winking. The design is very subtle but very cheeky and we love the cute accent. It comes in the colors black, ivory, khaki, blue-green, and cream, and sizes range from S to XL. It is by the Korean brand Graver, a well-known streetwear brand. It can be worn with some comfortable pants for the perfect lounge outfit in winter.
3. Korean Oversized Cropped Pullover
Next up, we have oversized cropped sweaters. Think of an oversized sweater, with the bottom cropped off. This leaves your midriff bare and can be combined with high-waisted pants or a skirt. This is a very feminine look, as it provides the body with more silhouette compared to a regular oversized sweater.
This is maybe the best oversized cropped sweater we found, the [Nerdy x Taeyeon] Cropped NY Pullover Hoodie Set from StyleUpK. It is the perfect collaboration between the hugely popular brand Nerdy and Taeyeon. You might know Taeyeon as one of the most famous Kpop stars, who made her debut with the band Girls’ Generation in 2007. This cropped pullover comes as a set with matching comfy sweatpants. It has two thick lines on the side and the Nerdy logo is featured prominently on the front. You can buy the hoodie and joggers separately or together as a set. It comes in the colors black, cream, pink, and mint. Currently, only sizes XS and S are available.
4. Korean Oversized Long-Sleeved T-Shirt
The oversized look is perfect for winter, as it provides a lot of warmth. Oversized long-sleeved t-shirts are not only comfortable, but they also look cool and stylish when combined with baggy pants. We love wearing long-sleeved oversized t-shirts around the house.
5. Korean Oversized Crop Top
Oversized crop tops are perfect for showing off your midriff. They look super stylish with high-waisted pants or a skirt and can also be worn over tight dresses. Oversized crop tops are flowy and wide, which creates a nice silhouette when combined with tight pants.
6. Other Korean Oversized Clothing
Besides what we mentioned above, there are many more oversized clothing items in Korea! Think about hoodies, pants, hats, and even shoes. You can browse through the StyleUpK website to find more.
How To Wear Korean Oversized Shirts
So, you have bought your first Korean oversized t-shirt, hoodie, or sweatshirt. Now what? If you are curious about how to wear Korean oversized shirts, read on!
1. How To Wear Korean Oversized T-Shirts
Firstly, you can simply let the oversized t-shirt hang! No need to tuck it in or anything. For an urban, casual vibe you can combine it with looser, baggier pants. For a more put-together look, combine it with skinny jeans.
You can also tuck the oversized t-shirt in! This works best when wearing high-waisted pants or a skirt. You can tuck it in completely, or just the front (a French tuck). This gives the illusion of a smaller waist and creates a more feminine style. This works great with pants, shorts, and skirts.
You can also make an oversized t-shirt into a cute crop top, by tying it into a knot at the front or back. This creates a more form-fitting look and goes really well with some baggier pants. As it accentuates your waist, it is also a great look for parties.
Finally, if the t-shirt is really oversized, you can wear it as a dress! Combine it with some cute tights (and maybe some really short shorts for safety) and oversized sneakers and you have an urban, girly look.
2. How To Wear Korean Oversized Sweaters
Oversized sweaters can be worn as is, combined with some baggy pants for comfort or tighter pants for a stylish vibe. As they are super warm, this is a great casual look for winter and you will see many people walking around like that.
You can also wear an oversized sweater with a skirt or tight dress. When wearing a skirt, it looks very cute when the sweater is tucked in slightly at the front, to create a feminine silhouette and to accentuate your waist.
3. How To Wear Korean Oversized Crop Tops
Oversized crop tops look great when combined with tighter skirts or pants, as it gives off asymmetry! If you do not like showing your midriff, we recommend wearing high-waisted pants or a skirt. You can also wear regular waist bottoms and show some skin!
Oversized crop tops are also super cute over tight dresses or pencil skirts. It creates a nice silhouette whilst giving off a playful asymmetry, which makes this look perfect for dates or nights out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Oversized Korean shirts are shirts that have a loose and relaxed fit, often made with lightweight and breathable materials. They are a popular fashion trend in Korea and can be worn by both men and women.
Oversized Korean shirts can be paired with a variety of bottoms, such as skinny jeans, leggings, or shorts. They can also be worn as a dress or tucked into a skirt. For a casual look, pair the shirt with sneakers, and for a dressier look, pair it with heels.
Oversized Korean shirts can be found at many online retailers that specialize in Korean fashion, such as YesStyle or Kooding. They may also be available at some local boutiques or specialty stores that carry Korean fashion.