Asian Street Style: Skipping Out On The Super Skinnies


We stopped by Alex Finch’s street style blog to explore what looks are favored in Korea right now outside of winter-appropriate coats and jackets.  Seoullites have dropped their skinny denim and leggings and are now choosing loose-fitting, slouchier bottoms.  These aren’t new trends.  We’ve seen everything from harem pants to wide-leg trousers revisited from time to time throughout various fashion phases, and they’re once again gaining more popularity among women and men during Korea’s colder months.

Another garment we see popping up quite often on the streets rather than in the comforts of home is knit sweatpants.  Contemporary design houses spent a good portion of the past year releasing their reworked vision of the casual bottoms that were once only made for athletic purposes.  What do you think?  Do you prefer the idea of keeping it cozy and casual or do skinnies hold a permanent spot as a closet staple?


Slim Sweatpants


A Much Sleeker, Tailored Gaucho Style


Mixed With Classic Cut Coats



Another Mix Of Fall & Winter Trends


Men’s Style Inspiration


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An Inside Look Into Seoul’s Street Style Trends With Alex Finch


Winter trends continue on the streets of Seoul as we move towards the New Year with cozy knits, layers and oversized coats to keep out the biting chill.  Looking back over the street trends of 2014, we decided to give you a short reading break from what is “in” for Korean fashion, and instead share a bit of an inside perspective of these flowing fads and beloved street portraits.

With over a hundred thousand followers and thousands of re-blogs daily, Alex Finch’s photos straight from Seoul have captured everyone’s attention on social media to online galleries for Vogue.  While he’s out finding intriguing looks, we ask him what is it about Seoul and its fashionable people that attract growing international appreciation.



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Audrey Magazine: Compared to other Asian metropolitans, what fascinates you about the fashion found on the streets of Seoul worn by its city dwellers?
Alex Finch: I should start by saying that I have only seriously shot in Seoul, but have been in Tokyo a few times. I think that I like the “fashion with restraint” (don’t remember where I heard that, but I think it fits) that makes for a good selection of photos with variety. Different areas of the city definitely give you groupings of different styles, but I like the variety I see on the streets that I frequent.

AM: You’ve been taking street portraits for quite awhile, do you feel Korean fashion is more about current trend or individual eclecticism? 
AF: Again, I think there’s a mixture of both. I hear a lot of people say that Koreans just follow whatever trends are around, but I’m not sure that’s any different to any other nation that falls outside the main fashion centres of the world. However, I have some friends who don’t seem to follow any trends and just make up their own style on the go. I admire that a lot.
AM: Your photos were extremely popular during Seoul Fashion Week, is there more buzz outside versus indoors while runway shows are being presented?  Can you share with us how a day goes spent capturing all the amazing outfits being worn at the seasonal SFWs?
AF: First, I should say thank you. Most of the photographers I shoot regularly with would rather be outside shooting the street and what they see more commonly on famous foreign photographers’ websites during fashion weeks, but I did enjoy shooting backstage during this season because I got to speak to the models and try a new style.
AM: What intrigues you more during your street portraits, the individual garments people wear or how they style things as a whole?  What makes the image have more impact?
AF: I honestly think it depends. Shooting for this long, I have seen instances of both. When I’m snapping without asking, it’s usually an item that I see, be it shoes or a bag. When I’m shooting a full body portrait, then the entire look makes a difference.
AM: Finally, what is your favorite season to photograph people and their fashion choices?
AF: I’m a huge fan of spring turning to summer. It’s not too hot and the colours begin to come back after the dark tones and heavy jackets of winter. It’s also much more comfortable for me as a photographer!


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More Color Blocking For Fall 2014, Image Courtesy Of Alex Finch


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Spring 2015 Trend: Head-To-Toe in White


For those of you who adored this past summer’s trend of dressing in monochromatic white, there’s some good news! While recapping style favorites from Seoul’s runways, it became clear that the all-white trend still continues for 2015.  There’s an abundance of casual to elegant looks from several South Korean designers as they each revamp the crisp hue with their own personal tastes and inspiration.  White may not be everyone’s favorite, but for those who want to try to lighten up their spring wardrobe to a degree, consider trying out a cream or ivory ensemble instead of optic whites.  Perhaps mix and match all the different gradients of the non-color by layering separates and outerwear for a fresh take.

Below are some of our favorite all-white looks to draw inspiration from.



For the adventurous dressers, check out these structured and non-conventional cuts from Kwak Hyun Joo and Kaal E.Suktae or layered volume with graphic quotes like “Don’t Speak Loud” or “Make Sense Out Of Nonsense” by designer duo Steve J and Yoni P.


On The Left: Kaal E.Suktae S/S 2015, On The Right: Kwak Hyun Joo S/S 2015


Steve J And Yoni P S/S 2015 Collection

Not quite into the super edgy styles?  Try for more contemporary looks with asymmetrical hemlines and boxy, cropped shirts like How And What Seoul presented or consider reinventions of this fall’s beloved crew neck sweater such as this oversized version from pushBUTTON to pair with modern bottoms.


On The Left: How And What Seoul S/S 2015, On The Right: pushBUTTON S/S 2015

Need a dress for date night?  Here are some flirty and feminine styles with more modest cuts.  We love the details and patterns that help the dresses from appearing too bland.


On The Left: How And What Seoul S/S 2015, On The Right: KYE S/S 2015


Feature Image: Lie Sang Bong S/S 2015 Collection
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Seoul Holds World’s First Ever “Spacing Out Competition”



On October 27, Seoul held the world’s first spacing out tournament at the Seoul City Hall. As the name suggests, participants competed against one another to see who could space out for the longest time.

The purpose of the game was to let everyone relax their brains and unwind from busy, modern society.


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A total of 50 people participated in the three-hour tournament that started from noon till 3. They had their heart rate checked by staffers to determine who had the lowest tension. The ideal winner was someone who maintained a static presence with the most stable heart rate. Those who make any abrupt movements, laugh, or tend to get distracted were disqualified. The competition was dragged out thanks to the so-called “death angel,” one of the youngest participants.



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The nine-year-old girl won the contest and was awarded a trophy that looked similar to “The Thinker.” Apparently prior to the tournament, the girl’s mother scolded her after hearing from a school teacher that her daughter was spacing out during class. No surprises there.


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Asia Street Style: Korea’s Fall Trends


Fall is settling into Korea and what’s currently trending in Seoul is becoming more evident on street style blogs. Holding on to summer a little more, skirts and dresses continue to pop up in the mix, but now paired with long sleeves and thicker fabrics. Even though it tends to stay decently warm year-round here in Southern California, shorter lengths and warmer tops are perfect for the approaching winter months. Still enamored with sporty, urban styles, you’ll see lots of sneakers and American streetwear brands being worn by South Koreans. They always show a significant amount of diversity within a single trend, which is great for all the individual personalities that exist when it comes to wardrobe preferences.

Check out the more sportier take on this fall’s early trend. Take a cue from these young women and amp up your skirts and dresses with graphic prints, a cool bomber jacket or a great pair of sneakers. The best part? You’ll still look effortlessly stylish, but remain comfortable the entire day.

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Not into the sporty trend? We’ve got you covered with a splash of feminine floral prints and a clean, minimalist option to inspire those that prefer more simple styling.

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Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013

2013 was quite the year for Audrey Magazine. Not only did it mark our ten year anniversary, it was also the launch of our revamped website. While we’re more than excited to kick off this new year, let’s take a moment to look back on all the stories of style, beauty and inspiring Asian Americans of the previous year.

Ranked by which stories were the most popular of the year, we bring you Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013!

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1) Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair
“If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, its Asian hair. No one knows when this actually happened, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women had the same kind of hair…”

2) Not For Weak Stomachs: Removal of a 25-Year-Old Blackhead 
“In September we showed you the results of sleeping with makeup on for an entire month and called it a horror story. Now we take that back. We take it all back. Apparently, that wasn’t a skincare horror story at all. This is…”

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3) Korean Twin Sisters Unrecognizable After Plastic Surgery 
“It’s no secret. In Asia, plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. In fact, double eyelid surgery is so typical that many girls have been known to receive the procedure as a graduation gift. Aside from these minor procedures, just how far has surgery entered Asian culture? According to some, surgery has become a very serious ordeal…”

2013 d4) World’s 15 Most Followed Asian Female Celebrities on Twitter 
“1. Indonesian entertainer Agnes Monica (@agnezmo) — 8,326,171 followers
2. Japanese-Swiss-Polish Brazilian TV personality Sabrina Sato Rahal (@sabrinasatoreal) 3. Indonesian singer Sherina Munaf (@sherinamunaf)…”

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5) Korean American K-Pop Star Embroiled in Nude Photos Scandal
“Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet. Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy…”

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6) The Ultimate Guide to EXO
“EXO is separated into two subgroups, EXO K and EXO M, which promotes in Korea and China respectively. But together? This boy band totals to 12 members. Overwhelming? Just a bit. As much as we wanted to get to know the line-up for KCON, was learning all 12 members worth it? YES. The answer to that question is a very enthusiastic yes…”

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7) False Rumor: Philippines Disqualified From Pageants For The Next Two Years 
“In the midst of all this good news for the Philippines, a strange rumor has begun to spread. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the  Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants for the next two years claiming that Filipina candidates had an “enormous advantage” this year…”

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8) Asians in Fashion | EXO-K for Ivy Club Autumn 2013
“With the rise of EXO’s popularity, we can confidently say that  Ivy Club made quite a good decision to have the boys model and endorse their Autumn 2013 look…”

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9) Extremely Racist Responses to Olympus Has Fallen
“Its no secret that we still face racism today. Every time I start to believe that I live in my ideal/equal world, acts like this bring me back to the reality that we still have a long way to go…”

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10) Where I Went and What I Bought: Seoul
“I took a dream vacation last month. Not to some tropical hideaway surrounded by crystal clear waters. Not to a romantic European capital overflowing with crumbling palaces and fine wine. No, I went on a shopping vacation. To Korea…”