Best Outfits from K-pop Year-End Award Shows & Song Festivals
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If there’s one thing that reminds me that the year has really, truly come to a close, it’s K-pop’s year-end award shows and song festivals. From fangirling over collab stages and looping remixes to ooh-ing over stage makeup and red carpet looks, there is a lot to take in. Didn’t have time to dissect it all? Read on for my personal list of fave girl group outfits and how you can recreate these looks!
In a sea of prim and proper pieces and poses, Mamamoo always stands out. At the Melon Music Awards, Hwasa rocked a neon green lace top paired with a patent croc-effect skirt and a massive neon yellow fur scarf. Wheein’s silky orange slip complemented the neon on Hwasa and went beautifully with her blue tresses, while Solar and Moonbyul sported slightly more wearable looks. Solar’s matching crop top and tweed jacket boasted speckles of glittering gold, as well as bright pink trim to match her bright pink tweed skirt. In contrast with the more feminine silhouettes of the other three members, Moonbyul chose an oversized suit in classic gray plaid. In an unusual but genius move, she juxtaposed it with a cropped teal sweater in a hypnotizing pattern.
At the Golden Disc Awards, the group proved that they can truly pull off anything from onesies to head-to-toe skintight leather. There’s a reason they’re known for being down-to-earth, relatable and super funny – just look at their Teletubbies outfits! To lounge around at home or make a bold statement on the streets, get this hoodie that comes in purple, yellow, red and green with various antenna shapes.
Not into wearing that much color? Opt for Mamamoo’s head-to-toe leather looks instead. Even though I’ve always thought that wearing too much leather looks tacky and uncomfortable, Mamamoo’s fierce yet wearable looks have me wanting to expand my collection beyond my leather jacket. In particular, Moonbyul and Wheein’s looks proved that leather doesn’t have to be skintight or sexy. Moonbyul’s cargo pants and cropped jacket oozed edgy street style, while Wheein’s baggy joggers and lapel jacket paired with a matching chained belt bag made her look fashion-forward yet put-together. Hwasa went for some figure-hugging, on-trend boot cut pants, and deftly paired a white collared shirt with a more revealing tube top for a sexy secretary vibe, while Solar balanced her Catwoman-esque one-piece with rocker chic knee-length lace-up boots.
Sadly, Wendy was injured during rehearsals for the SBS Gayo Daejeon, but Red Velvet did make one appearance as a full group during the Asia Artist Awards. Although they were all in white dresses, the girls showed off rather different looks. Joy, Yeri and Irene were all rocking lace, but Joy’s mock-neck dress with flared sleeves paired with a white bandeau was more modest, while Yeri’s ruffle-front dress with a tiered skirt and contrast black waistband was more youthful and girlish. Finally, Irene’s sheer ruched dress was a rather sensual, womanly choice. Seulgi sported every little girl’s dream outfit – a princess-meets-ballerina mini dress that combined feathers, glitter and tulle, while Wendy’s simple and modern one-shoulder dress was accented with dramatic ruffles.
Along with GOT7‘s Jinyoung and Shin Dong Yup, Irene also co-hosted KBS Song Festival, where she stunned in a sweeping off-shoulder feathered gown paired with matching silver-tone necklace and hoop earrings. If you’ve got a fancy dinner or dance planned and don’t know what to wear, take a page from Irene and opt for a feathered evening gown. Whether it’s one-shoulder, short-sleeved or strappy, it’ll help you effortlessly achieve goddess status.
Like Red Velvet, ITZY also went for white… and nothing but white. Whether it was at the Melon Music Awards, Mnet Asian Music Awards or Golden Disc Awards, you could tell it was this five-piece girl group from a mile away. Their outfits featured on-trend elements also seen on other girl groups, such as the feathered tube top on Yuna, off-shoulder ruffled one-pieces on Ryujin and Lia, and Yeji’s massive fur scarf.
However, my favorite all-white look of theirs was from KBS Song Festival, which reminded me of SNSD’s nautical all-white looks from Genie – #majorthrowback. Adorned with cohesive glittery silver buttons, ITZY’s outfits came in roughly the same fit and length but ranged from blazer and off-shoulder to strapless and vest constructions to maintain individuality. The outfits were also perfectly accessorized with bedazzled necklaces and earrings and snazzy white footwear. White blazer dresses can take you from workplace to parties – check out these fun options with bell sleeves and lace trim, ruffles and two-tone lapels as well as sleeveless versions with a knee-length asymmetrical pleated skirt and an A-line flap mini skirt. A special shoutout has to be made to Yeji, as she brought her signature space buns to the red carpet and was wearing the most innovative pair of heels I’ve ever seen. Fully wrapped in sparkly ruched mesh, they’re truly out of this world.
At the Golden Disc Awards, ITZY added sequined silver pieces to their performance outfits, elevating the white pieces with a glam touch. In particular, Yeji and Ryujin’s looks are perfect for raves, music festivals or any night out when you need ease of movement to dance like crazy, but also want to stand out from the crowd. Ryujin’s studded crop bustier and sequined short shorts are perfect for warm-weather events, while Yeji’s cropped lace-up top and sequined wide-leg pants are super comfy. With sparkle, it’s go big or go home, so finish off with Lia’s knee-high sequin boots.
In line with their usual innocent concept, Gfriend went for proper B&W pieces at both KBS Song Festival and SBS Gayo Daejeon. At the former, the girls incorporated a variety of popular materials and cuts that were seen on other celebs as well, such as lace, sequins and blazer dresses.
Sowon and Eunha both incorporated classic preppy houndstooth, but Eunha played it bold and edgy with her coordinating two-piece featuring a larger variation of the print and paired with lace-up heels. Sowon kept things subtle with a contrast black blouse refined with houndstooth pockets, sleeves and collar, paired with a smaller version of the print on her mini skirt.
With its full, puffy skirt and mock neck, Yerin’s sheer black lace dress was conservative yet vampy, showing off a more mature side of her. If you’re attending a conservative formal event, shop long-sleeve mock-neck lace dresses here, here and here. All the dresses come in various color options so you can avoid looking overly somber.
Yuju’s experimentation with textures was a bold choice that paid off. Her regal, luxe velvet blazer was contrasted with a slinky leather mini skirt and cinched in with a wide black bow belt. She kept a balance among different textures by going all black, while the large sparkly silver bow anchored the outfit as the focal point. Although velvet blazers were a popular choice for many boy groups this year, such as NCT and Seventeen, Yuju was one of the few female celebs spotted in one!
At the SBS Gayo Daejeon, Gfriend kept their black-and-white looks a little more girly and fresh with dresses and mini skirts. Eunha and Umji were both in white lace dresses resembling Red Velvet’s picks at Asia Artist Awards, while Yerin and Yuju opted for flirty off-shoulder dresses.
As the maknae, Umji looked sweet as a doll in a puff sleeve lace mini dress accented with a cutout and black bow, while Eunha’s figure-hugging lace sheath dress featuring balloon sleeves and a sweetheart neckline was a little more risqué.
The only all-black outfit, Yuju’s off-shoulder dress gave off industrial vibes with its super cool hook-and-eye detail. This red carpet dress could easily be paired with a distressed denim jacket to hit the streets. A little more clean and pristine but equally versatile, Yerin’s A-line dress was enhanced with a V-notch and puff sleeves.
At the Golden Disc Awards, Twice also went for classic black and white with lots of prim ruffles and collar bows, as well as a few bougie bejeweled belts (Sana and Momo, we see you). Instead of lace, the girls opted for a dotted mesh fabric. Momo rocked a round-neck piece with a full, puffy skirt (that might freak out those with trypophobia), while Chaeyoung’s dotted mini dress was embellished with front ruffles. Clad in a white tweed set, Nayeon rocked another popular fabric . The jacket came in a super cropped cut and a cute black bow, while the skirt was adorned with a sequined black waistband – little details that kept the two-piece stylish and unique. Get Nayeon’s high-society-meets-schoolgirl-fashionista look with a simple white tweed set. Although Tzuyu wasn’t wearing a two-piece set, her dress’s contrast waistband gave it a segmented aesthetic. Complete with contrast black pockets, cuffs and collar, as well as a boyish black tie, her look offered a femme twist on a pilot uniform. Steal your dad’s basic black tie and pair with this contrast-trim dress in white.
Bidding adieu to their monochrome days, Twice was pretty in pink at the Golden Disc Awards in not one but two all-pink outfits. No one does matchy-matchy better than these girls, and even though the nine of them were clad in the exact same color and fabric, there’s nothing tacky about their cohesive group looks.
For the red carpet, the girls were dressed in soft and dreamy baby pink for a sweet take on tweed. Most of the girls wore collared A-line dresses and two-piece sets, but my favorite was Sana’s cold shoulder dress with an asymmetrical collar, which felt the most chic and current. They also accessorized with layered rhinestone waist chains – a match made in heaven with the pearl buttons on their outfits.
Award in hand, the girls were washed in peachy-pink lace backstage. Here, the standouts were Momo’s halter-neck peplum top and high-slit mini skirt, as well as Chaeyoung’s ABBA-esque wide-leg jumpsuit. The knee-high white boots obviously also added to the retro factor. Heading on a romantic date? Wear this short-sleeve A-line dress with a bow belt or this intricate V-neck playsuit.
Trading in their fancy dresses for festive outfits at SBS Gayo Daejun, Twice looked as cute and lovable as ever, proving that they really are the queens of Christmas. I love the red capes, fur trim, plush red velvet material and Santa hats, but we all know that Sana and Jihyo’s reindeer onesies and Rudolph noses take the cake. Christmas might be over, but it’s never too early to start prepping for December (only 11 more months!). Get a head start with this hooded jacket featuring fur lining and reindeer antlers and this sexy velvet and fur dress complete with a cape.