In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, “I look good. I mean real good.”
Standards and taste for fashion varies around the world and what you find in Korea is up there with France and Italy.
Fashion designers set trends, but not everywhere. I’ve seen people in Canada go out in pajamas. I’m not sure when that became acceptable, but it shouldn’t be. I believe you very much are what you wear. You’re making a statement about yourself when you walk out the door no matter what you’re wearing.
In Korea, people seem to make an effort. Men and women alike put a great deal of time into their physical appearance, perhaps obsessively. Formal dress shops are everywhere, and so is the advertising for it. And the quality is supreme!
Walking into GALAXY, one of the aforementioned stores, the salesman was dapper and eager to make me look as good as he did. I have noticed the service is stellar, which really goes a long way in the whole experience. The staff is always very knowledgeable. Once, despite the language barrier between a storeowner and me, he made the effort to communicate by calling someone he knew who speaks English and Korean so they could translate and I’d have my questions answered!
At this store, prices varied, but hovered around the ₩350,000, which is roughly $350. Not too shabby! In terms of sizing, there’s no need to fret. I had no problems finding the right size. The salesman was taller than me!
The materials used for the suits are plentiful. It’s not just all wool. There’s cotton, linen, flannel, polyester, etc.
Another difference I noticed was the way the suits are cut. A majority of them are slim fitted and sometimes with tapered pants. The broad range of fabrics makes these suits suitable for those who are after vegan fashion or vegetarian fashion. I was happy to find vegan fashion in Korea! The belts for formal wear are leather just like nearly anywhere, but the kid’s belts are no different than adults when it comes to casual wear. Belts made of canvas and canvas-like material are popular.
I did waltz into a ladies clothing stores briefly just to see what was in there, and I found a whole lots of colour. Ladies clothing shops like The Day, Joinus, and Crocodile are among the popular ones. I was intrigued to find a traditional Korean women’s dress shop. The traditional dress is called Hanbok and the shape, variety of colour, and old fashioned feel make them striking and beautiful.
Overall, I was quite pleased. It’s a breath of fresh air to find such abundance of great looking clothes that are cheap and of high quality, not to mention the vegan fashion options!
Yours in health, consciousness, and cool fashion, this is Ashkon Hobooti of Truth! Live Your Truth, and Respect Others’!