The Boy Band Jam – Show Biz Shows II

One of the assets of having a crew of characters in a band together for costuming characterization, that must also be frustrating, is having a set look within which to give each character their own flair.

When you have to not only balance the fact that the characters are being dressed for their band personas, as well as taking into account the actual character information  you want to convey…well, I’m pretty sure sometimes you just have to throw together something that looks good and forget layering, but I particularly enjoyed the first concert-get up in You’re Beautiful of all 4 together.

And not just because chain belts and cuffs are sexy.

At this point Mi-Nam (Mi-Nyu, really) is the most generic. She probably has no say in what she’s wearing, and she’s the unknown quantity in the band. In fact, she’s basically come in to be the “fresh blood”. Her brother’s portfolio photo shows that he has a pretty heavy punk sensibility (guyliner and EVERYTHING) but it’s not him there, and so they’ve gone with cute fresh guy–kind of the baseline of the band’s look.

[I didn’t see this until I started screen-capping, but they all have those beaded insect brooches on their outfits somewhere. Clearly we just haven’t seen this trend explode, as it inevitably will with A.N.Jell sporting them.]

Jeremy’s role has been to be the fresh, vivacious guy between quiet, suave Shin-Woo and quiet, wired Tae-Kyung. If he wasn’t so busy imagining Mi-Nam seducing his precious band-mates (heh, reading too much of his own slash-fic, best underplayed meta everrrr) then he would have had reason to be jealous of his own place as far as fan-following goes. Again, the real Mi-Nam would have slid into a completely different slot than his mild-mannered convent-raised sister.

The only real difference between these two’s get ups is Jeremy’s trademark Unfortunate Hair. Unlike Tae-Kyung’s weird hair that’s sleek and intentional, his blond thatch always looks like it got half-way to some recognizable style and then the stylist got snuffed.

(If you think this post is mostly an excuse to post all the photos of these hilariously colorful skinny-jeans on mostly male models, you’d be wrong. But very nearly right.)

Tae-Kyung, with his bizarrely specific hair, has a cowl-neck on his white jacket that recalls his usual style around the house [sweaters as loungewear never meant something so scandalous before] and he is largely free of the industrial/goth cuffs, chains, and brooches. The metal he carries is largely in creatively placed zippers, actually.

This clean look does him a lot of favors and keeps his unusual personality at the forefront.

On the other hand, Shin-Woo is the only one whose outfit I actually noticed as being different from the others, so that I retroactively realized they each had separate outfits aside from the jean-hue.

Oh, baby. They put a priest tunic on you, and you thought you might get the girl?

While Tae-Kyung’s upright personality is demonstrated in cleric collars, they skip right to bishop-type decoration for the White Knight of the show, and embodiment of unrewarded kindliness.

The fashion comes in, I guess, in the way the tunic isn’t that long all the way around. Usually he’s square in slightly-indie Metro town. Yong-Hwa looks cute in hats and glasses, and loose sweaters, so this is one of the most bold statements he wears in the K-drama scheme of things, as second-lead-heartbreaker (though don’t let me go on about his grunge-sweater variant because I WANT IT and I’ve found one on Etsy, too).

In a classic move to back up wardrobe with plot-point, this is also the first time where  Shin-Woo, who wants to be Mi-Nam’s first friend, is instead the very last one who can do something for her.

Foreshadowing, buddy. There’s just no way to win.

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