K-Lookbook: Reply 1988 (Part 1)

There are fashion trends, good or bad, that become so famous it became associated with that generation. Shoulder pads, high-waist jeans, acid washed denim, and curtain hairstyle all started in the much loved retro decades – the 80s. This era has been very influential that 20 years later, there are still numerous music videos, books, and movies inspired by the glory days of the 1980s. So, it wasn’t surprising how nostalgic it felt watching the Korean drama, Reply 1988.


Aside from its compelling coming-of-age story, the series also did an excellent job on styling their characters as if they traveled through time. Take a look at fashion trends shown in the tvN hit series, Reply 1988!


Just a glance at Ryu Dong-ryong (Lee Dong-hwi) and you’ll know it was the 80s. A windbreaker in vivid color plus a curtain haircut are must back then. Dong-ryong looks like that typical Nintendo-playing teen in your neighborhood.


The 1980s hairstyles for men were mostly influenced by the trendy music at that time. Most men sport either a teased and volumized style similar to Bon Jovi or a mullet style ala Billy Ray Cyrus. But there are those who choose a neat looking hairstyle by using pomade. Kim Jung-bong (Ahn Jae-hong) embraced that nice-guy look paired with rimless round eyeglass.


Denims are timeless. It is the kind of trend one would see in every decade, only differing in size and how it was worn. Sung Sun-woo (Go Kyung-pyo) wore denim this denim jacket which made him look like the typical cute boy-next-door crush.


Speaking of neighborhood oppas, Sun-woo’s wardrobe seems to include a lot of bomber-style jackets just like this leather jacket.


The outfits of Kim Jung-hwan (Ryu Jun-yeol) could be brushed-off easily as ordinary but his good proportions were suddenly highlighted when he wore that Air Force uniform. I concede this is not an 80s-related fashion trend but hey, a photo of a good looking man in uniform won’t hurt your eye right?


Going back to the real fashion trend featured in Reply 1988, Kim Jung-hwan was always delighted by new sneakers bought by his mom. Why? because the 80s is the era were branded sneakers like Nike Air Force One, Reebok Classic, and Air Jordan became popular, particularly for male teens.


I don’t think there is a look that would not look good to Park Bo-gum. Even Choi Taek’s bowl haircut didn’t interfere with his adorable visuals. It also probably one of the reasons why he won over Deok Sun (Hyeri) in this series.

This time-travel through fashion trends article is not yet over. Check out the next part of K-Lookbook’s special feature for Reply 1988!


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