I should be doing a review of style in You From the Stars, but guys, I have so many style screencaps of that show. I could do one post for just the Ajussi bromance pairing, one for all the side characters, and then one for the dynamics between our couple.
So let’s just try and break the block with a look at the year 2013’s grandest icon of style, if we give You Who Came From Another Star the year 2014…
It’s interesting to find out after watching this that So Ji-Sub is a bit of a fashion maverick—in that, he likes challenging outfit concepts, and is pretty daring for a man. While watching this, I just thought it was fabulous how he could get away with such a very fashion conscious look without seeming ridiculous.
It followed a very rigorous template, though.
Jacket - the point of interest. Be it a solid or a pattern, if something bold was going on in the outfit, it was going to go big in the blazer.
Shirt - the grounding of the outfit. Since he often wears lighter pants, the jacket is complimented by the shirt. Collar points are often tucked in for a neat profile, since he’s always going tie-free.
Scarf - this is not your posh luxuriant outer layer, even if tucked in, like President Yool’s in The Prime Minister and I. No, these little slips of kerchief are a design luxury, tucked under the shirt to add the touch of contrast that the ensembles aren’t getting from a tie.
The characterization here is pretty clear—Joong-Won is a youth, unorthodox business man. He’s not tied into his duties and he’s not going to be restricted by expectations, like wearing a tie. And yet, he understands not just the power of the suit as an image, but the power of image displayed through clothes. He owns a premier shopping mall. The designer of his scarves would probably be known to the ladies who frequent the shops.
Tae-yang’s outfits are all breezier (barring her short “professional woman” stint when first coming to work for him) and not particularly suit styled. She does loose the chaos and unlaundered look from her life as she’s stabilized by being around Joong-Won—which leads to trim pants and loose but collared blouses, which suit Gong Hyo-Jin so well.
Of course, security officer Seo In-Gook wears black in uniform, which makes him all the more fun to contrast against “top star” Little-Sun. She is not above wearing full evening dress to the mall, but it always was fun to see her be more genuine in her “encounters” with her crush on the street—probably wearing top-brand sweats, but still comfort clothing.
Aw, this show was good, guys. I miss it…