Shopping online used to be about finding items cheaper than in stores. However, that’s not always true anymore in Korea.
Lots of clothing from Korean online stores are actually more expensive than in stores — the models and photography make up for the store rent and salesperson wages you normally think you are saving on when shopping online.
Basically, the better the clothes and models look, the more overpriced it’s going to be. Which is absolutely terrible because the better it looks, the more you’re going to want it.
A while ago, I found an interesting magazine called nnonn in Korea — a collection of outfit photos from Korean online shopping malls. I have the Feb 2011 issue and super loved one of their outfits — loose fit sweater and long mesh skirt (pics at end of post). One look at their prices though, and I knew they were over charging.
In general, I believe there are two kinds of clothing purchases — impulse buy and treasure hunt. Impulse buy, you see something, love it, and buy it. Treasure hunt, you have something in mind and patiently search and wait until you come upon the perfect item and cost.
This outfit is the result of a successful treasure hunt!
I packed a full mini suitcase full of clothes from my mom last time I went back to Vancouver, so you will see them popping up from time to time. She buys them all from Hong Kong, so I’m sorry I cannot give more info!
For the skirt, I just wanted anything that was NOT pink, vanilla, white, or black, because that is ALL the colors Korean stores sell! It’s so annoying, but it’s all the safe, neutral, girly, boring colors. I wanted something that was a little different and found this mint colored long mesh skirt.
This skirt is also great with a loose plain white t-shirt tucked in, finished with a long pendant necklace. That’s how I wear it in warmer weathers, without the sweater.
Do you guys remember me mentioning I love gold/silver shoes/bags? The silver flats are one of my go-to work shoes — it goes well with a lot more outfits than you may think!
I know this outfit is so much girly overflow, but sometimes, I like looking girly too XD
Plastic Hair Pin: 10,000~ won ($9 USD)
Plastic accessories are really on the loose nowadays.
I used to buy the cloth material hair clips, but they often fall apart and wear out a lot faster. These plastic ones are bold, fun, durable, and really give off a bit of a ‘lego’ feel, and you know the whole lego thing is becoming quite a common sight as an accessory item in Korea.
Just wanted to keep it all simple.
Winter is here and so is knitwear. Consider matching it with a mesh fabric skirt for that pretty and girly look.
If it’s just too gag-me-please girly for you, then just go with a pair of skinny pants!
Here’s the price listing for the first picture sweater + skirt outfit and you will see why I did not make a purchase from funfungirl.biz:
Loose fit lemon color waffle knit: 49,800 won ($45 USD)
Inner layer white shirt: 18,000 won ($17)
Puffy purple navy mesh skirt: 64,800 won ($60)
I don’t know about my sweater, but while their skirt was $60, mine was only $18, both bought in Korea, both online stores, totally different price. I really doubt it’s because the quality is much different.
So, if you wanna save money, you gotta use your imagination and patience instead of splurging on these pretty websites!
Sorry it’s been quite a while!