Men’s fashion has been evolving rapidly not only in America, but in Korea as well. No more 10% mens fashion, 90% women’s fashion at clothing stores. It’s time to break the stereotypes because men are now putting in just as much time and effort into their looks as women. However, with every trend, each country has a different style. Today, we’re comparing Korean men’s fashion to American men’s fashion and you get to decide who wore it best.
ROUND 1: CUT-OFF SHORTS
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Korean men’s fashion prefers a well-fitted, tailored look. This applies especially for any type of pants. With cut off shorts, Korean men tend to go for a more fitted look that cuts off slightly above the knees. If looking high end and preppy is your taste, then Korean men have this one in the bag.
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The American approach for men’s cut off shorts is very different. They prefer a looser fit, to give a casual and comfortable vibe. Their cut offs also end right above the knee, but they tend to have a loose cut rather than slim fit. This gives the look a more relaxed appearance. If the sporty “I just put on whatever (but not really)” vibe is what speaks to you, then American men win this round.
ROUND 2: FLANNELS
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With a smaller plaid design, Korean men prefer a softer pattern for their flannels. Flannels can also range from small plaid to bold colors for a nice pop in summer. Korean men definitely pull off the boy next door plaid look and can somehow make it look super cute, while still being hot.
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With larger, more boxy plaid patterns, the American flannel style tends to look more masculine and edgy rather than playful and fun. When you think of flannels on American men, you either think burly lumberjack or hipster bad boy. Either way, sign me up.
ROUND 3: BLAZER
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Korean men tend to pair their blazers with more casual shirts to dress down their outfits. Often wearing lighter colors or pastel fabrics to match the summer trend, these looks are both sophisticated and fresh. There is nothing sexier than a man who knows how to look put together and fun.
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When American men put on blazers, they are not messing around. With a nice comb over and a little spritz of Calvin Klein, they’ll have a line of admirers around the block. There is a reason why blazers are always worn in professional settings. They mean business.
ROUND 4: DENIM JACKET
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Denim jackets can do no wrong. Korean men usually wear denim jackets that are well fitted and have a classic darker wash. Pair them with a snap back and a loose flannel and you have a Korean heartthrob.
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The denim jacket on American men is making a huge comeback. These jackets give their wearers a very vintage, easy going vibe. A nice acid wash paired with dark denim or black jeans will make any American man look like they are about to take you on a coffee date while reading you hand written poems.
ROUND 5: BUTTON UP
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A button up is classic for a reason. It looks good any time of the year and they way it flatters the male figure is an art. With Korean fashion, the classic look has been mastered, and tucking a crisp button up into a tailored pair of slacks will make anyone a believer.
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American men take a unique twist on the button up trend by introducing the half sleeve button up. Bringing a trend back from the 90s, cuffing sleeves are a must; and if you have the biceps to show for it then by all means, roll up!
ROUND 6: THE TANK
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It is not the culture in Korea for men to bulk up the way that Americans do. With leaner frames, the tank top is loosely fit rather than tight. With a light cotton material, these tanks flow effortlessly on their bodies and Korean men know just how to rock them to make them look comfortable and fashionable.
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And finally, the infamous “Bro Tank” as known by us here in America. A classic tank top look rocked by many fraternity boys across the nation. This look is the perfect tool to highlight all those muscles. Even though we hate to boost their egos, these tank tops do have a way of charming us over.