Modern Hanboks

A hanbok is a traditional Korean dress:

For as long as I could remember, I loved hanboks. I’ve actually never worn one (well, I did when I was 100 days old, but that’s a Korean traditional and honestly, I don’t remember that so it doesn’t count), but there’s this beauty and essence of the hanbok that appeals to me. Sure, maybe I’d never wear it in public unless it’s with or amongst Koreans, but I still find it beautiful.

When I was watching a music show, KARA was performing when I saw them with most prettiest, cutest outfits ever. MODERNIZED HANBOKS! I’ve heard of hanboks being modernized but was honestly not interested until I saw KARA wear one.

I’m seriously digging everything about this style of modern hanbok. The shade of pink, the design in the skirt and jeogori, length of skirt, style of the skirt, and even the little accesories like what’s in the hair and on their jeogori.

After seeing KARA wear modern hanboks, I started my search to find modern hanboks with the kind of flair that I liked.

This is one that I find truely beautiful and inspiring. The earth tones and way the skirt was layered just leaves me speechless at the pure beauty. Whenever I see this hanbok I think of the different elements and life of nature. Sky, flower, water, earth. There’s so much life in this modern hanbok that never seizes to amaze me. Even the position of the bow flatters the dress.

I had no idea SNSD had also worn modern hanboks! Although these aren’t ones that I’m completely in love with, you have to admit that the hanboks are rather cute. I find that modern hanboks with shorter skirts (ones that don’t cover the legs completly) leaves a cute, girlish image that makes me wish I could buy one too! And the shoes in this picture definately top it all off!

Is it just me or does Taeyeon kind of remind you of Kikyou from Inuyasha here in this picture? I guess it’s just the clothes and bangs that are making me think that…not that I think that’s bad! It’s just something I wanted to point out. I like the touch of gold trim/print on the bottom because that gives a traditional feel.
I really like the way the top/jeogori was made in this. It looks very modern and feminine.
I also like the way this top looks. Plus the fabric design in the skirt is so pretty!
I find this one really cute because it almost looks like a traditional hanbok, yet you can tell it isn’t one. I can’t really describe it, but I definately find it cute. Especially the color scheme.
This is my favorite one out of the bunch. The way the skirt looks pleated and so naturally wrinkled, yet still elegent despite that, has a nice vintage/old feel. I also like the puffed sleeves. I don’t normally enjoy the salmon shade of pink that the skirt has, but in this outfit it works well.
Overall, a traditional looking hanbok with modern touches here and there that makes it unique.
A nice bubbly modern hanbok that fits Tiffany’s image well.
I don’t know why, but I get a sort of Chinese vibe from this modern hanbok. I guess it might be because of the vibrant red with a top that has a Chinese influence feel to it? But I’m in no way hating on this nice modern hanbok!
Besides Jessica’s hanbok, I also love this one! I think it’s something about how the colors match so well together, with the print on the whole hanbok adding a nice touch it it.  
Please do not think that I was hating on some of the members because I didn’t say much about their hanboks. I like some of the modern hanboks more than others but that doesn’t mean I dislike any of the members of SNSD. Please no bashing about their personality. This is a blog article about their modern hanboks, NOT how they act and whatnot.
If you have any pics or tips about more female Korean celebs wearing modern hanboks,  just leave a comment about it!
Also, this is all my opinion! I am in NO WAY a professional hanbok critic or anything.  I’m just a half Korean girl who loves to embrace her Korean side and share her views with others :)
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9 thoughts on “Modern Hanboks

  1. Hey, I was actually looking around the internet for modern Korean hanboks to get some hanbok inspired fashion into my everyday wardrobe, however I personally am not into the styles that I have seen so far, some of them are cute, but would never be worn outside of photoshoots, runways and semi traditional Korean festivities.

  2. 안녕하세요

    what a beautiful costumes..but could you tell me, why does most of korean hanboks use bright colors?is there any reasons for this?

    however…i love hanbok (and batik of course :D)…hopefully someday I’ll visit korea and wear the original hanbok..hehehehe

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