While K-pop idols are widely regarded as the stylish bunch, let's not disregard the K-drama actresses who have offered us plenty of covetable sartorial inspiration too. Some may play the plucky protagonist with a kooky fashion sense in dramas, but offscreen many of South Korea's actresses are serving up modern yet timeless looks that are far from eccentric. If K-pop idols are at the forefront of the latest trends, then these K-drama actresses are the epitome of a classic icon. Here are the icons who have caught our eye.
If subtle feminine looks are your jam, check out Oh Yeon-Seo's 'gram. Most of her looks are youthful with a tinge of refined chic. We love how she takes seemingly plain pieces and transform them into sophisticated ensembles.
Even after 11 years, the image of Lee Yo-won in the majestic period outfits from Queen Seondeok is still etched in our memory. It's not easy to forget those beautiful hanbok looks, after all! But outside her acting roles, we found Lee Yo-won's personal style equally charming. These days, she's often donning chic coat ensembles paired with pants and sneakers. We're definitely taking notes for our future travels.
Frequently spotted at the front row of CHANEL and Valentino's runway shows, Park Shin-Hye is no stranger to the glamorous world of high fashion. Off the screens and shows, she is often seen in effortless pieces, from crisp shirts and flowy blouses to lightweight outerwear and relaxed trousers.
Lee Sung-Kyung began her entertainment career as a model in 2008 before she catapulted to stardom as an actress, so it's no surprise that she has become a style icon in her own right. From layering a belt bag over an oversized blazer to adding a pop of colour to an all-white outfit, she often accessorises her look one on-trend piece at a time.
Not only are her acting chops top-notch — how she made the very self-centred character in My Sassy Girl loveable is evidence of this — but Jun Ji-Hyun's style has only gotten better with time. Recently announced as the first brand ambassador for luxury house Alexander McQueen in Korea, the style icon is a look of elegance and sophistication.
Unique and experimental are two adjectives what we'd definitely use to describe Itaewon Class star, Kim Da-Mi's style. Just like her character in the drama, the young actress is not afraid to take on different style genres and always comes out looking incredibly fashion-forward. She's definitely one to watch out for!
With over two decades spent in the spotlight, Song Hye-Kyo's transformation was visible to all — from her days as an ingénue to becoming an industry veteran. Along with the progression of her career, her style also underwent a change. These days, she pulls off graceful looks resembling the wardrobe of her character, Kang Mo‑Yeon from Descendants of the Sun.