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Looking good and keeping the feet sweet

Aug 07,2007
A popular summer look with bracelet accents. [JoongAng Ilbo]
Summer is at its peak and large numbers of vacationers are swarming the peninsula’s beaches. It is time to show off the latest summer styles.
This year’s hottest trend is the one-piece dress that most women wear on the beach, which has become much bolder, exposing more skin.
Most of these one-piece dresses come down to the knee and have a halter neck, or are tube style, with the dress starting from the chest leaving shoulders bare.
For those wearing such dresses a bolero cardigan is a must to cover the shoulders when entering air-conditioned rooms.
For men, shorts are shorter than the previous year, exposing the knees. “Spring short pant” from Beanpole is 10 centimeters above the knee.
This year the most popular designs and colors are simple and clean.
Instead of the big multi-colored floral patterns that were fashionable in the past, this year simple whites and blues are in vogue along with marine styles with navy-style stripes.
Instead of putting on too many accessories, the most fashionable are using a single piece as decoration.
The capeline hat is a hot item and it not only protects the skin from the burning sun but also emphasizes a woman’s femininity. Strong colors like bright pink are popular for T-shirts. In addition to the hat, oversized sunglasses have been carried over from last year.
The traditional Indian bangle provides a fashionable accent to a bare arm exposed by short sleeves.
“Since most of the bangle bracelets are thick by design it helps to make the arm look thin,” said Kim Eun-jeong at Qua, a woman’s fashion brand. Kim advises that it is better to put on one or two items that stand out instead of putting on a variety of accessories, which can swamp each other.

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For those traveling to the valley where the temperature drops sharply at night, it is best not to wear clothes that take a long time to dry after they have been in the water.
Some companies have introduced quick-dry fashion wear. This summer Kolon Sport introduced its ‘Coolmax’ t-shirt that dries in few seconds just by squeezing out the water. A popular men’s wear item is rollup pants. The pants can be worn full length or rolled up to below the knee when entering the water.
Lafuma has introduced a stretch pant that has an elastic waist and an outstanding ventilation system for those who like to exercise.
Another popular item for valley seekers is aqua shoes that look like ordinary sports wear but are very efficient when they are worn in the water.
The water drains out quickly from the shoes and they are much safer than sandals when stepping on slippery rocks. Timberland has introduced an aqua shoe that has an antimicrobial function which helps control foot odors.


By Im Mi-jin JoongAng Ilbo [ojlee82@joongang.co.kr]



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