A GREAT dress caught during the noontime lunch hour in Yeouido. So full of pleasant Korean contradictions. It's demurely conservative with the high buttons and covered shoulders, but with a pretty high hemline, and yet there's a hint of wanting to cover even the neck, but the whole thing is still almost as form-fitting as a cocktail dress, for the most part. As full of seeming contradiction as Korean femininity itself does these days.
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There's a lot going on here that I can see. There's that sports jersey thing that's been going on lately on otherwise demure women's clothing, except this time on the skirt. There's the socks with sandals thing, and the typically really high skirt is coupled with an almost puritanical coverage on top. Oh, and we can't forget the bad English on the skirt. "Weird but adore" is an attempt to appeal to a sense of consumer individualism as a way of putatively allowing people a means of self-expression and "being different," to put an Apple spin in things. But hey, despite the fact that I think it's weird, I adore. Therein lies my conflicted view on Korean female fashion and the particular way Korean women of perform gender identity.