South Koreans have just finished celebrating Chuseok with their families. This week, we take a break from our normal Korean fashion picks to feature the hanbok, Korea’s traditional semi-formal/formal attire.


During Chuseok, South Koreans wear the hanbok while celebrating the rich harvest season. The hanbok is worn as a semi-formal or formal attire for traditional celebrations and also during other formal celebrations such as weddings. There are many pieces to the hanbok: the jeogori, the chima, the baji, the po, the jokki, and the magoja.

The jeogori looks very much like a cropped top that hits above the waistline. Some also see it as a small blouse or jacket. The georum is a one-sided bow that ties this garment.

The chima is the skirt. Under the skirt, women wear a sokchima, which is like a lining.

For men, they wear the baji, which is a roomy pant.

Po is like the jeogori, only that this term was used more commonly to refer to men’s jeogori before the Choson period. The mens’ po is more long and straight while the womens’ jeogori is more short, curvy, and beautiful.

The jokki is the vest and is more commonly worn by men.

The magoja is the jacket and is worn over the po/jeogori.tumblr_nbh7pz5tLV1qzaqcso1_1280

It is important to remember that clothing has a long history and is influenced by external factors. Some garments also take on more meaning than others, like the traditional hanbok.

We hope that this post gave you some insight into the beautiful hanboks that you see South Koreans wearing. Please check back next week for more of our fashion picks of the week.

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Victoria Lin

Victoria fell in love with South Korea after studying abroad at Yonsei University. Victoria loves fashion, art, culture, travel, learning foreign languages, and puppies. Currently, she is a designer and product developer in the fashion industry who thrives on originality.