Honbok hunting

by Linda

My best friend is getting married in October. Talk about a cultural mishmash—she’s Korean and Panamanian, born in the United States, now living in Australia, marrying a dude of Scottish descent. And I love it. I cannot wait to witness this international bonanza later this year.

My mother and I went along with the bride-to-be’s two sisters and their mother to LA over the weekend to pick up one of their hanboks—a traditional Korean dress. While you might see period Korean dramas in which the characters don hanboks every day, they’re now usually worn on special occasions. Typically, Koreans will have them custom-made (my friend is actually going to Korea to get hers) and they’re ornately designed and can get pretty expensive due to the customization and high quality fabrics.

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Despite how unflattering the silhouette is, hanboks are incredibly gorgeous. They are made to cover your entire body and if you’re planning to wear one on your wedding day, no skinny-bride diet needed. But the vibrant colors and flowing fabric make the dresses so elegant that you forget you can’t see a single bodily curve.

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Melody (the bride-to-be’s older sister), told us that the hoboks with stripes on the sleeves are for unmarried women, while those without stripes are for married women. Fellas, if you liked it, then you shoulda put a non-striped honbok on it.

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Melody tried hers on before taking it home. The bride’s only request is that no other honboks at her wedding can be pink, because “that’s what she’s wearing.”

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My mom, conspiring

And I guess no trip to K-Town is complete without a Psy sighting. Sigh, Psy.

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