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This year’s KCON LA attendees were the best at sharp casual wear

The annual celebration of all things hallyu brought out fans in the best kind of laidback-chic.

Photographer Nolwen Cifuentes
August 13, 2018

As described on KCON USA’s site, the gigantic celebration of Korean pop culture is “the original convention dedicated to bring ‘All Things Hallyu’ to the American fan base.” Since 2012, the event has been doing just that, bringing “Hallyu” (a Korean phrase meaning ‘Korean Wave,’ that is a sort-of umbrella terminology for the global rise in popularity of Korean pop music, food, TV and movies, fashion and more) into a tangible, multi-faceted experience for fans in the US and around the world.

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This past weekend, KCON took over LA’s Staples Center. On Sunday, the convention’s final day, the schedule of events featured panels and workshops, like a deep dive into the girl groups changing the current K-pop landscape, and ended with a concert curated by M Countdown, a weekly South Korean K-Pop countdown show featuring right-now’s most popular acts.

Casual wear for an all day fest seems simple enough: a clean tee, great-fitting bottoms, and some nice ass sneakers. Everyone in attendance on Sunday was dressed in the sharpest iteration of that clothing combination. Most opted for toned-down colors and well-cut pieces in the form of matching sets or layered tops paired with denim. To spice things up, looks were often accented by vibrantly dyed hair or super-cute accent accessories like a button featuring a photo of a favorite artist, a phone case in the shape of a beloved cartoon character, or a multi-colored keychain. And as we've seen over the course of this summer, mesh tights were, yet again, all the rage. Peep our favorite looks from the event below.

FULL LOOK Forever 21  
L to R: HAT YesStyle, DRESS Vintage, SHOES Forever 21, SOCKS & PURSE Korea. HAT Mixxmix, SHIRT Fashion Nova, JACKET Thrift, SHIRT Forever 21, BELT Mixxmix, SHOES Gucci  
SUNGLASSES KCon @ Perverse, JUMPSUIT Urban Outfitters, SHOES Jeffrey Campbell, BELT Off-White  
HAT Amazon, CROPPED TANK Forever 21, MESH TOP YesStyle, PANTS Forever 21  
SHIRT Dolls Kill, FANNY PACK Dolls Kill, SHORTS Forever 21, LEG STRAP Amazon, SHOES Nike  
SHIRT Urban Outfitters, NECKLACE Forever 21, RING Buffalo Exchange, WATCH gifted, EARRINGS Amazon, PANTS Pacsun, SHOES WSS  
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SHIRT Forever 21, PANTS I am Gia, SHOES Dr. Martens, BACKPACK Givenchy  
L to R: EARRINGS Forever 21, DRESS YesStyle, FANNY PACK Santee Alley, SHOES Walmart. TOP & BOTTOM YesStyle, FANNY PACK Dsney store, SHOES Champion, EARRINGS Santee Alley  
HAT & GLASSES from a friend, SHIRT TJ Maxx  
TOP Dolls Kill, PANTS Ross, NECKLACE gifted  
FANNY PACK Amazon with hand-done detailing,  
TIGHTS Amazon, SHOES Hot Topic  
SHIRT Forever 21, PANTS Express, SHOES Nike, BELT Amazon, NECKLACE Amazon  
SHIRT Urban Outfitters, SHORTS Marshall's, SOCKS shop in Little Tokyo, SHOES Adidas  
KIMONO, SHIRT & PANTS Zara  
FULL LOOK thrifted  
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