Spring Sonata with Marks and Spencer
Television became an escapist pleasure for me very early on, especially during my teenage years in high school. Back then I kept myself busy with my studies and extracurriculars, ranging from volunteer service and being the VP to too many school clubs.
We didn't have many opportunities to travel much when I was younger. My parents dedicated so much of their time and resources to supporting 5 kids and maintaining a home for all of us. So television became much more than an escape; it was a companion.
I grew up watching an obscene amount of Korean dramas, ranging from the likes of Stairway to Heaven (a really emotional tear-jerker) to the very comedic Full House. If you have no idea what I am talking about, I suggest streaming some on Netflix and getting familiar with it on Soompi.com.
My obsession went from mild fascination to full-blown emulation. I love the concept of happiness that is born out of tremendous trauma. The fact that the leading protagonists were somehow embroiled in unfortunate circumstances and a rough life made the characters more humanized and relatable. But what I loved even more was the styling of the characters. The slick back hair, the sharply tailored clothing and classic footwear, much like what can be attainable when one browses through Marks and Spencer.
I sought out to replicate this signature Korean menswear aesthetic that is the perfect hybrid between what is traditional and edgy using quality pieces available year round on Marks and Spencer.
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The resulting outcome is an outfit is ideal for the lingering chill of Winter and the occasional breeze of Spring. The softness of the suede jacket and sufficient stretch of the StayNew skinny jeans mean this as comfortable as any stylish ensemble could get. As I am in my late 20s now, I appreciate straddling the fine line of style and function. Both aspects are equally important when it comes to developing a sense of personal style that works well for any body type.
How has favorite television programming or movies inspired your style evolution? And what would you pick from Marks and Spencer to wear for yourself?