International Women's Day: 5 Most Stylish Korean Drama Female Leads
Take a cue from these effortlessly gorgeous, fashion-forward K-drama actresses we couldn't get our minds and eyes off
It is quite impossible not to get mesmerised by her beauty and style, especially when she portrayed the character of Ko Moon-young in the 2020 blockbuster It's Okay To Not Be Okay, aired on tvN and Netflix. In the series, she played the role of an anti-social children's book writer who gets obsessed with a psych ward caregiver, Moon Gang-tae (Kim So-hyun). Her outfits radiate her strong personality but with a tinge of softness within. In the first episode, she is seen in a dazzling pink asymmetric floral dress by Magda Butrym, open-toe platforms by Gianvito Rossi and a micro Candy bag from Playnomore. Adding contrast is Emerald Water, a pair of handmade glass teardrop earrings from Subyul. In the succeeding episodes, she's seen wearing dozens of luxury brands from Jimmy Choo to Bottega Veneta and Bulgari and a lot more.
Played the role of a fearless doctor who fell in love (onscreen and in real life) with the captain of an elite military force Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) in the jaw-dropping drama, Descendants of the Sun, and as a powerful hotelier who lives a pathetic life guided by others in the 2018 series Encounter, this versatile actress is undeniably one of the most beautiful faces in Hallyu. Besides being the face of many global brands such as Chaumet and Sulwhasoo, Song Hye-kyo is recently named Fendi's new global ambassador. As flexible as she is in her roles, her style span from funky to classy, young to mature. In the 2008 drama titled Worlds Within, where she played the lead role together with her then real-life love interest, Hyun Bin, Song Hye-kyo was seen in relaxed, casual outfits that perfectly suit her role as a TV show director. Today, her Instagram account @kyo1122 shows an elegant lady who seems to have never aged.
Played the character of Yoon Se-ri, a chaebol who got swept away to North Korea while paragliding in the phenomenal series Crash Landing On You, Son Ye-jin's style on screen is a fair mix of sweet and fierce. As an heiress who captured the heart of the emotionally-reserved Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin), she effortlessly sports nice structured suits and power dresses in the scenes set in Seoul, as well as comfy cardigans and even unmatched hand-me-downs in the first few episodes set in North Korea. And guess what, she looks charming even in a hospital gown! In the last two episodes, she's seen wearing a wool coat by Loewe when she visited Captain Ri in the prison, an embroidered Chasseur jacket in wool gabardine by Celine and a beige Max Mara belted coat in the heartbreaking scene when they reunited at Korea's military demarcation line.
Kim Hee Ae
Style knows no age. Case in point: the 53-year-old Kim Hee Ae, who bagged the Best Actress award in the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards for her role as Dr Ji Sun-woo in The World of the Married, the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history. In this story that focuses on infidelity an betrayal, viewers adore her polished style as a doctor who has achieved such a status in her career and life. While she goes easy on jewellery, her bags--from Tory Burch to Gucci, Dior and Hermès--Jimmy Choo shoes, and outfits from Lanvin, Prada and Alexander McQueen, worn in this show are truly classy and elegant. Or more so, her wardrobe alone in this drama is like a sharp dagger that's ready to slay the "other woman" anytime.
Kim So-yeon plays the role of Cheong Seo-jin, an arrogant, wealthy woman who would do anything for power, money and her pride in the ongoing drama series, The Penthouse: War In Life. Now on its second season, The Penthouse: War In Life revolves around three stylish ladies: Shim Su-ryeon (Lee Ji-ah), Oh Yoon-hee (Eugene) and Cheong Seo-jin. While the latter seems to be the meanest character, it can't be denied that her style is just so sophisticated and well-put-together. She's often seen in black ensembles that echo power as well as link-style jewellery pieces that are so on-trend today. Her sky-high Jimmy Choo pumps make her look even more daunting. We just can't wait to know who'll she wear in the much-anticipated wedding among Hera Palace's affluent residents.