8 Ways To Wear Sneakers For A Korean-Style Look

8 Ways To Wear Sneakers For A Korean-Style Look

By Karmen on 14 Aug 2020
Digital Editor

Whether it's music, film, TV or beauty, Korea is at the forefront of trends, and that includes fashion. Korean fashion is dominated by street style looks and athleisure and is also influenced by Korean celebrities.

One key item that is a part of K-style looks is sneakers! They give any outfit an effortless sporty, street style look and there are endless ways to style them. We've put together eight ways to wear sneakers for a Korean-style look.

Keep reading to check out the K-style outfits! 

#1 Dress over top

asian girl wearing purple dress under pink top with new balance 327 sneakersPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

This is a classic Korean-style outfit that you'll spot on many K-celebrities. Korean women's fashion often reveals a lot of leg but keeps things modest around the chest area. Layering a cami strap dress over a top keeps you from baring too much skin and creates a cute retro look.

The outfit is complete with the magnetic blue and varsity orange New Balance 327 sneakers that have a sleek silhouette that will complement feminine looks perfectly. Its vintage-inspired colours makes it versatile and easily matched with different outfits including this pastel purple and pink one.

#2 Hoodie dress

asian girl wearing orange new balance 327 sneakers and white New Balance Village Hoodie DressPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Korean fashion values comfort just as much as style and the hoodie dress encapsulates this perfectly! This New Balance Village Hoodie Dress ($89) that you can quickly throw on and go while looking effortlessly stylish.

When donning a plain white outfit, it's your chance to let your footwear make a statement. The New Balance 327 sneakers in orange & brown inject a much-needed pop of colour to enliven the outfit.

#3 Casual blazer

asian girl wearing blazer, shorts, cap and New Balance Oak Leaf Green & Mystic Purple 327 sneakersPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

One of the quintessential Korean-style looks is a lightweight blazer styled in the most casual way possible for a non-office setting. Cue this sporty chic outfit!

The blazer sharpens the look and brings in a bit of formality while the denim gives it a casual contrast. The cherry on top is the New Balance 327 sneakers in oak leaf green and mystic purple which add a subtle dose of colour and give the outfit a cool sporty touch.

#4 Athleisure

asian girl wearing jeans, New Balance Athletics Podium Tee and black 327 sneakersPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Instead of chunky and unflattering sportswear that only belong in the gym, Korean fashionistas opt for chic athleisure pieces that create sporty-casual and effortlessly stylish looks.

It can be as simple as jeans with an athletic crop top and sneakers! This New Balance Athletics Podium Tee ($39) has stylish cap sleeves and a flattering fitted design that draws attention to your waist. Complete the look with the New Balance 327 sneakers in black & grey and you'll be ready for that street style snap.

#5 Oversized sweater 

asian girl wearing New Balance 327 sneakers in blue, denim shorts and oversized Athletics Village CrewPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

An oversized sweater paired with shorts is a popular Korean-style outfit as it scores points in both comfort and style. The key is to create the right proportions with short, tight-fitting bottoms and statement footwear. This makes your legs look longer and slimmer while giving you a stylish, laid back look.

The New Balance Athletics Village Crew ($89) has an attention-grabbing colour-blocked design with a slightly oversized fit for a great balance of style and comfort. The look is complete with the New Balance 327 sneakers in blue & yellow that add colour to the otherwise monochrome outfit.

#6 Loose pants

asian woman doing jumpshot wearing black crop top and New Balance Athletics Podium Wind Sweatpants and 327 sneakersPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Continuing with the athleisure trend is loose pants like the New Balance Athletics Podium Wind Sweatpants ($99). The relaxed pant silhouette is a Korean trend that's still going strong, popping up on celebrity and street style snaps.

Style it with sneakers, a fitted crop top and baseball cap for an instant cool Korean girl look.

#7 Checkered prints

white top, checkered mini skirt. leather jacket + New balance orange & blue sneakersPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Wearing checkered prints is an understated way to incorporate pattern to your look while still looking casual and effortless. Pair a crisp white top with a checked print mini skirt and throw on a leather jacket to bring attitude to your look.

The outfit isn't complete without that extra oomph so put on the 327 sneakers in orange & blue to add some bright retro colours.

#8 Feminine puffed sleeves

asian girl wearing denim mini skirt, purple off-shoulder top with puffed sleeves and new balance 327 sneakersPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Korean style has the perfect juxtaposition of streetwear edge and femininity. This outfit embodies this with a top that has feminine puffed sleeves and an off-shoulder neckline paired with a denim skirt and sneakers.

We created all these K-style looks using the New Balance 327 sneakers, a wardrobe staple that you can easily mix and match to create a multitude of looks. The new 327 is an homage to the hippie chic 1970's aesthetics and features cool design details like signature fangs on its upper and studded outsole and heel wrap.

New Balance 327 sneakers blue, white and orangePhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

If you're looking for a new pair of sneakers to match with your K-style outfits, this the perfect one to go with! Each pair retails for $149-$169 at New Balance Lighthouse and Experience stores and online at newbalance.com.sg.

Shop the sneakers online here.

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Text by: GirlStyle SG