Korean clothing is about to become your latest obsession

Get ready, Vancouver, because free-sizing is the next big thing

March 17, 2016

By Christine Bortolin

Recently, you may have noticed the charming, slightly-oversized silhouette Vancouver is falling in love with. If you’re used to wearing demandingly-tight jeans, the flowing, elegant frame that stands as one of the trademarks of Korean fashion will help loosen you up (both literally and metaphorically) to a whole new silhouette. The emphasis on simplicity with a subtle twist plays a huge part in explaining the boom of Korean-influenced boutiques in Vancouver (Oak + Fort’s sister-store Noul among them). This is a city with a penchant for elegance, but with inhabitants whose fondness for walking demands comfortable attire. With Korean fashion, you can easily feel comfy while reveling in the singular quality of a well-crafted dropped shoulder, an unusual fabric texture, or some absolutely indiscriminate use of a-symmetry.

“Free Size”—the popular general size for clothing made in Korea—can seem foreboding at first, but trying things on makes all the difference with this type of clothing. These pieces are made to fall wonderfully on several sizes, meaning you just need to find the pieces that work best with your body.


Woo to See You
1062 Mainland Street

Oak + Fort
355 Water Street

840 Granville Street

Ego Closet
486 W Cordova Street

Top tip: check out Hach +Hart for their bountiful stock of Korean stationary and accessories.


The Picks


Light Grey Jacket, Woo to See You, $98


Grey Tunic, Oak + Fort, $108


White Button Up Shirt, Ego Closet, $148


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