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Everything You Need To Know About *Ulzzang* Outfits And How To Style Them

What exactly does 'Ulzzang' mean anyway?
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Whether you’re casually into Korean pop culture or have dived heart first into K-pop or K-dramas, you’ve probably encountered the word ulzzang. Simply put, ulzzang or eoljjang directly translates to “best face” in English. But over time, the word has been used to coin a very distinct type of “attractiveness” when it comes to makeup looks and fashion ‘fits.

In regards to makeup, the ulzzang look usually refers to a very “doll-like” appearance: enhanced wide eyes, full, fluttery lashes, flushed cheeks, baby skin, a sweet pout, and an overall milky white complexion. Everything has to look cute and innocent rather than bold and sexy. This concept also applies when it comes to fashion. 

However, the ulzzang outfit has evolved over the years. In the 2000s, it was very much tied to a very juvenile cutesy look in dresses or frilly skirts. But now, the aesthetic has broadened and become less of a caricature. Though femininity and sweetness are still the basis for the style, the ulzzang ‘fit doesn’t only apply to a particular piece of clothing. You can actually achieve this “best look” even if you’re into sporty, tailored, or androgynous pieces. The key is how you pair each item together to look adorable no matter what.

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To help you achieve this look flawlessly, we’ve gathered a few outfit combinations that you can easily put together with some closet staples and trendy pieces. We’re sure your next IG OOTD will be an ulzzang look your friends (and followers!) can’t help but like!

10 Cute Ulzzang Outfits You'll Want To Try 

  1. Puff-sleeved top + baggy jeans + sneakers 
    Love streetwear? Then you can always give your personal style an ulzzang update! Pair a frilly or dainty puff-sleeve top with your favorite wide-legged jeans to balance out your look. Be sure to wear your favorite chunky sneaks for ultimate comfort! (Photo source)
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    Instagram/daraxxi
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  2. Knit co-ords + denim shorts 
    Nothing beats a chunky cardigan look if you want to look extra sweet and cozy when it’s chilly outside. The trick is to avoid looking too sexy so be sure to pick an oversized knit top and jacket. (Photo source)
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    Instagram/minn.__.ju
  3. Puff-sleeved top + frilly mini dress + chunky combat boots + hair bows 
    If you want to look like a literal doll, be sure to not scrimp on the frills. The more flounce, the better! Avoid a form-fitting dress to hide your curves, too. Remember, it’s all about looking innocent and youthful! (Photo source)
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    Instagram/itzy.all.in.us
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  4. Strappy babydoll mini dress + chunky combat boots + gold jewelry 
    A short dress with some flounce is always a good idea if you want to achieve the ulzzang look! But if you don’t want to look too juvenile, pair your frock with some chunky combat boots for a touch of cool! (Photo source)
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    Instagram/roses_are_rosie
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  5. Puff-sleeve top + midi dress + socks + chunky slides 
    When you want to push the boundaries of an ulzzang outfit, don’t be scared to go over-the-top even once in a while! Be sure to pick a statement puff-sleeve top for that ultimate feminine look. Wear under a dressy midi dress and you’re all set! (Photo source)
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    Instagram/taeyeon_ss
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  6. Oversized sweater + baggy jeans + headband 
    When turning a lazy day outfit into a sweet look, a pretty hair accessory might do the trick. In this case, a floral headband adds a touch of sweetness to a somber streetwear ‘fit. (Photo source)
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    Instagram/twicetagram
  7. Oversized t-shirt + overalls + sneakers + beret 
    Bring out that oversized white tee and pair it with your favorite loose jumper! This is the perfect combination of cute and utilitarian. Complete your look with a simple beret for a bit of Parisian flair! (Photo source)
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    Instagram/dlwlrma
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  8. T-shirt + chunky knit cardigan + midi skirt + heeled mules
    If you want a look that’s more grown-up but still with a hint of cuteness, don’t forget the “loose clothes” rule and make sure that your overall silhouette doesn’t hug the body. Adding a chunky jacket or knit helps achieve this even when you opt for a very office-appropriate look. (Photo source)
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    Instagram/mejiwoo103
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  9. Oversized knit top + shorts 
    A fuzzy knit top is always a good idea if you want to look cute! Whether you opt for a pair of short shorts or a mini skirt, the trick is to pick an oversized sweater! The roomy silhouette will give you those covetable ulzzang sweater paws in an instant! (Photo source)
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  10. White tank top + chunky cropped jacket + mini skirt + socks + chunky sneakers 
    Going for the quintessential ulzzang look? Then be sure to invest in a pastel-colored mini skirt and a cozy outerwear. Socks also add a youthful touch no matter your shoe choice! (Photo source)
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    Instagram/for_everyoung10

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