What to wear to a sports game

Hey guys,

I realize that I haven’t done a simple fashion post in a while. I’ve been so focused on fashion school and work that ironically, I haven’t been able to indulge in the pleasure of talking to you guys about my favorite thing, fashion.

While I don’t enjoy telling people what they should wear (don’t get me wrong- I love dressing people up, I just feel that I shouldn’t rampage over other people’s personal style), I am hopeless when I start talking about what I want to wear. It’s like my mouth has gone full motor. No stopping this girl when she starts talking about her clothes.

And I make a lot of fashion choices in life, as we all (consciously or subconsciously) do. Every day I coordinate everything from my bra and panties to my clothes to my socks and to my hair, makeup, and jewelry. (If you ever see me, just know that any garment or even streak of eyeliner on me has had at least a few seconds of thought put into it.) What I wear usually depends on what I am doing that day, where I am going, or plainly how I feel.

Today I want to talk about what I would put on to go to a sports game. To be honest, I rarely go to watch games, especially not baseball. But I do sometimes go to watch football(I mean soccer. I lived in London so bear my British.), and every time I find myself standing in front of my wardrobe asking myself the same questions: ‘Does this look sporty enough?’ ‘Would this outfit shield me from the football possibly flying my way and hitting me in the face?’ ‘Does this look too fan-girly?’

Well, as a proper fashion student, I did my work and came up with some outfits to wear to my next sports match, which is unfortunately not the Super Bowl since I’m in Seoul. BUT you’re free to make these outfits your own if you are lucky enough to go watch the Super Bowl. : ) Just come back after and tell me how the game was. If you’re in need of tickets to a sporting event you can check out TickPick. They’re a no-fee marketplace that offers NFL tickets, along with tickets to other sporting events, concerts and more!

#1. The all-out fangirl

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I once did a post about this look. This is my friend Jiyeon in a soccer outfit and red sneakers. I mean, why not just go to the game looking like your favorite player? Complete with red inflatable sticks to cheer your team on-I love that they match the sneakers, by the way- this is probably the equivalent of me dressed up as Harry Potter at the bookstore on the night of the release of a new book(which I actually did for ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’, in London). So yeah, I understand how it feels to be passionate, baby. Also, I just love the color coordination going on here. The deep turquoise-ish blue, the white, the bright red, and the green in the background-wonderful splash of colors.

 

#2. All black chic

 

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I actually really like this photo that I took. I know Anna Wintour would disapprove of this outfit(“Not feeling for any color, are we?” she might say) but I think it looks perfectly fine for a day out with friends at a football game. And a man to man tee shirt with a little wool on the inside is not only comfy but also warm, especially since it’s still quite chilly outside. The stars on the sleeves could maybe be replaced with your team name or team symbol. I also think legging-style skinny pants add to the total comfort of this game day outfit, complete with a Samsung phone in hand (gotta take pics at the game, duh). I guess the makeup could have been a little stronger(team colors, maybe) but I just went for the natural look here on my sister and fastened her hair with a hair clip.

If you’re not into looking too enthusiastic at the game or are just a naturally very chic human being(like I pretend to be but fail), I’d recommend this look.

#3. The ‘I-kinda-dressed-up-for-this’

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This is what I’d wear to a game if it were a date. First of all, before anything, I love having flannel shirts draped around my hips and thighs. It just makes me feel cool and all hipster whenever the ends flop around when I walk. (Oh stop judging, we all know how fashion can make us feel.) The hair is another big YES for me because, since I was a kid, I’ve always been into Bohemian-style, braided, wavy hair. The sweater on top is simple but not boring, and the socks are a nice touch to the whole outfit. I feel like this is the outfit that says, ‘I’m not too into sports but I’m here anyways coz I’m that cool and, oh, also stylish.’

 

New York Fashion Week, and everything in between.

Hi readers! : D (I remember about a year ago, when I didn’t have any readers to say hi to at the beginning of my posts.. Thank You to all of you that have made it here with me.)

If you Google “Fashion”, you’ll probably get a whole stream of news articles talking about New York Fashion Week, which is currently the biggest ongoing event in the fashion world right now. It runs from Feb. 6th~Feb.13th in a place called Lincoln Center in NYC. (Click here to watch live streaming of NYFW.)

I actually did Google “Fashion” about five minutes ago and did find myself browsing through a long list of fashion-related articles telling me all about NYFW and which designers were showing tonight, etc etc. While reading the articles, I thought “Why not do my own article/post about NYFW but make it more interesting and Konni-Kim-Designs-ish?” So that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. I thought that since all of you can easily find professional, informative articles and gossip about what the hottest designs are in NYFW, and who attended, and what they were wearing to the event etc, I should tell you guys about what I read in between the lines of those fashion articles. How I see it as a 17 year old high school student wanting to be a part of the fashion buzz.

Here we go.

#1. First off, MODELS.

When you watch videos of the shows in Fashion Week, you can’t help but notice how gorgeous and stern and god-like the models look. They all have spotless, clear faces and stick-skinny limbs and every single one of them is incredibly tall. Why? I kept thinking, “Why?” Why are these the standards for being a fashion model?

Today I asked my best friend if she would model for Konni Kim Designs, because I wanted to do a post about Korean high school students’ fashion. She refused, saying something along the lines of “Find someone else. I don’t think my body is fit to be a model. The clothes won’t look pretty on me.” So I said “But my blog is about real fashion. Actual style in real life. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Anyone could be a model for my blog. Seriously, anyone. You don’t have to be slim or look like Barbara Palvin.” It was a meaningful conversation. At least, to me it was.

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(image above: famous model Kate Moss)

The reality of the situation is that society does consider a slender, tall figure as “model-like”. Some people say that it’s the body type that accentuates the clothes the best, and that’s why models should be that way, but I disagree. Real fashion isn’t about making the clothes look as pretty as possible, it’s about expressing something. The feeling of looking at a short, plump person wearing a dress is obviously different to the feeling of seeing a tall, skinny person wearing it-but who says the latter is better? The shorter, plumper person can make a certain statement that the taller person would never be able to make. I’d like to clarify that I’m not against tall, slim models. I’m against the social norm that models must be tall and slim. There shouldn’t be a must for models.

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(image above: shirtless Abercrombie&Fitch models in Paris.)

#2. Performances

Since #1 almost turned into a rant, here’s a bit of sunshine from me. I absolutely love the performances in fashion shows. It’s a great way to mix styles and enhance the designer’s message/expression to the public. Sometimes just having models walk around in heels isn’t enough to express what the new collection is all about. Performances show that fashion isn’t just about making nice clothes. In a way, it’s everything. It’s the feeling you get when you see a new dress. It can be the shock you experience when you see Marilyn Manson for the first time. It can be the soft coziness of your favorite fluffy sweater. Performances help you feel those things at a fashion show.

Victoria’s Secret is a lingerie&sleepwear fashion brand that’s famous for its creative shows with great performances. Performances from the hottest stars make their lingerie seem more fun and dynamic, rather than serious and dull.

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(image above: Taylor Swift performing ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ at a Victoria’s Secret show.)

#3. Fashion X Art

Another thing I love about fashion shows these days is how I can see that art is seeping into fashion. When I interviewed Vinita Mohan, a fellow fashion blogger, she inspired me by saying that “fashion is art that you wear” and I really agree with her. (Check out the interview here.)

The prestigious high-fashion brand Prada has recently become known for doing this. For example, six artists(Mesa from Spain, El Mac from the United States, Gabriel Specter from Canada, Stinkfish from Colombia, and Jeanne Detallante and Pierre Mornet from France) created murals of women’s faces for the backdrop of a show and for the ready-to-wear pieces.

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(image above: Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, with the murals of women’s faces by six different artists)

#4. Exclusiveness (brace yourselves for another rant)

I really dislike how fashion shows have their “seating hierarchy”. Another thing I dislike even more is the exclusiveness of the fashion show itself, especially in Fashion Week. It’s not like a sports game, where anyone can just buy themselves a ticket. Most of the time you have to be specially invited, and only people related to the fashion industry or people who can benefit the brands are invited. For someone who strongly believes in real life fashion that can be applied to the general public, I don’t understand why we can’t all go and see the most prestigious designers’ latest designs. It’s a really big flaw of the fashion world-that it’s so tightly knit together so that “normal people” feel intimidated and excluded. Fashion should stop pretending to be something it isn’t. Come on Fashion, we all know that you’re just like the rest of us.

Thanks for reading : D

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Image Credits/References:

www.mtv.com.au, modxchange.wordpress.com, bemagazine.me

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/998165/10-best-fashion-and-art-mashups-of-2013