That is probably the most solid yet most evolving aspect of one’s character. It grows through travels, encounters, the stories we hear and the experiences we live. It’s deep rooted into our souls but not innate, yet it’s eternal in a sense that it rarely fades away. It ripens, but never rots.
There is also no specific rule to develop style, as it is very different with fashion trends. Fashion trends play short-term while style, once you catch it, lasts forever. Some are almost born with it and create their own trademark at a very young age, but others (and I’m a member of that club), need a little more exploring. Do you know who is also a member of that club? Tiffany Hwang, the gorgeous Korean singer from Kpop legend group Girl’s Generation (or SNSD) who just launched her solo debut with ‘I Just Wanna Dance’.
I’ve seen Tiffany’s style evolve in a very interesting way. Following the image of Korea’s supersonic development after war, the US-born singer kicked off a fashion ascension that sets the example. I was always passionate with what celebrities wear and I find analyzing their codes very fun. Hence I always had an eye on SNSD members’ fashion stories, especially with the demonstration of Jessica’s, Yoona’s and Sooyoung’s incredibly tasteful wardrobes. Tiffany was, unfortunately, one of those members I thought was not understanding her potential. But that was until a couple of years ago, when she suddenly stepped up her game.
Introducing her new fashion persona with a splendid Valentino dress, she imposed herself as the obvious laureate for one of my ‘Best dressed this week’ columns (when I was a fashion editor at bntnews, you can check here). Since then, she ultimately rose to be one of today’s fashion icons to follow.
From Shapeless To Shameless
Hwang has the kind of body you would appreciate if you had it. She’s not your basic Korean skinny girl group member. But, and that’s a BIG but, she spent too many years hiding them proportions behind shapeless pieces of cloth that would just not enhance her beauty. Untailored jackets, floating untucked tank tops and non-tailored shirts wide open. There was no room for her ‘curves’ to show and shine, and it was also because pairing up separates isn’t an easy task either.
Today, Tiffany knows her assembling. She especially knows how to play the right cards for a decent quinte flush: tailoring, individuality, colors, nobility and last but not least, comfort. There’s no way you can lose with these. While she used to commit numerous faux pas with prints and fabrics, she is becoming a pro and can even school you on how to mix tulle with thick wool.
Haute Shopping At Tiffany’s
Now you can browse the star’s Instagram account or reach for her friends’, you’ll see she’s always wearing the pieces you covet. Be it Parisian classic or Italian chic, American free-spirit or Korean streetwear, Tiffany has become this girl who appropriates any style. Between poses with Victoria Beckham and flights to Paris to attend fashion week, she develops a look that incorporates mature and regressive influences, bright colors and monotone pieces, denim and noble fabrics. The best of ingredients for the best of contemporary style recipe: versatility.
Following fellow Korean style icons such as Kwon Ji Yong/G-Dragon and CL, Tiffany is also a favorite of Western designers to invite to their shows. And like most other celebrities sitting front row, the singer always attends in style. And you better run if you need another proof that Tiffany’s fashion worth and confidence have turned her into a bankable babe.
Did you notice Tiffany’s style evolution? I bet you did. Share your thoughts in the comment section below. You can also connect with me on Instagram for a step into my style journey.