Over the past few years, male K-Pop idols have continued to break gender norms through their fashion and on-stage outfits. Yet, one item, in particular, seems to send netizens into a frenzy, and that is the waist chain! Known for its popularity in the early 2000s, the fashion item has suddenly regained popularity, especially amongst male K-Pop idols.
Here are eight male K-Pop idols who absolutely slay the stage in waist chains!
1. Seonghwa (ATEEZ)
During the “Inception” era, the ATEEZ members were praised for their outfits when performing on music shows. Two that stood out most for fans were during Mnet‘s M Countdown and SBS’s Inkigayo. During the chorus, Seonghwa makes his way to the center of the stage, not only wowing fans with his abs but also a beautifully delicate silver waist chain. As expected, ATEEZ continues to break barriers in fashion, and this was the perfect example of that.
2. Kihyun (MONSTA X)
Back in 2020, when waist chains made their comeback, one of the idols who got a lot of attention for wearing one was MONSTA X’s Kihyun. During the teaser for their track “Jealousy,” fans quickly noticed that Kihyun was indeed rocking a waist chain and absolutely slayed it! Although it was only a glimpse, it was enough to send fans into excitement.
3. Ten (NCT)
In 2020, NCT’s Ten performed on with MONSTA X‘s Shownu on MBC Gayo Daejejeon. Some more eagle-eyed fans noticed that, despite the dark lighting, that Ten was wearing a very delicate chain around his waist. As expected, with the atmosphere of the performance, it was the perfect addition and had fans excited!
4. Yoo Taeyang (SF9)
One of the most recent additions to this list is SF9’s Yoo Taeyang while the group was promoting their latest track, “Tear Drop.” Throughout their performances, he caught the attention of fans for his daring outfit choices. During their final performance, Taeyang had another eye-catching outfit, but fans also noticed a waist chain sitting on his perfectly toned stomach.
5. Bang Chan (Stray Kids)
During several performances, Stray Kids’ leader Bang Chan has been wearing a waist chain, particularly those during Mnet’s Kingdom. With his power and determination whenever he steps on stage, Bang Chan added another depth to a simple accessory allowing it to shine as much as his talent.
6. Kai (EXO)
If there is a K-Pop idol known for his daring and exciting outfits on stage, it is EXO’s Kai. Although there aren’t many up-close pictures of Kai wearing a waist chain, there is no doubt that he looks amazing wearing it. Hopefully, fans will see a lot more of it in the future.
7. Byeongkwan (A.C.E)
Since debuting, A.C.E has been known for breaking down gender norms and challenging what it means to be masculine. In particular, Byeongkwan has gained attention for his style, which he has often described as genderless. Although not shown as often in the video for “Goblin (Favorite Boys),” in the behind-the-scenes video, his waist chain was on show alongside his toned physique.
8. Hyungwon (MONSTA X)
Like member Kihyun, Hyungwon also caught the attention of fans after flaunting a dazzling waist chain during a performance in 2020. Although Hyungwon is often seen as a cute and innocent-looking group member, this chain showcased another side to him that fans loved.