Fashion is subjective, and even the most beautiful people can have misses with their looks. The same can be said for K-Pop idols, as netizens will openly discuss looks that they believe fell short or even took away from their faves’ looks.
These some of the “worst” and most debated looks of 2023, according to netizens’ reactions, in no particular order.
“Christmas In July” is a popular marketing tactic, but THE BOYZ‘s “Christmas In August” themed concept images fell short for many. The members looked handsome, but netizens felt the outfits were “too literal.”
LE SSERAFIM appeared at Louis Vuitton‘s show in Seoul in late February, sporting various looks from the brand. Fans thought the idols were beautiful but did not appreciate the fashion choices, saying the group did not look cohesive.
While fans found Ningning and Winter‘s outfits trendier than Giselle and Karina‘s bulky styling, netizens found the looks incohesive.
NewJeans often try new things that are not always well received with their fashion, like their outfits at the 2023 Asia Artist Awards. While the group are known for the Y2K aesthetics, many did not think these looks worked well, especially for a red carpet.
EXO‘s outfits featured in teaser images for “Cream Soda” looked nice when photographed but were a different story for fans when they saw them during a live performance.
NMIXX‘s looks for the LOEWE show at Paris Fashion Week were met with mixed feelings. In particular, many felt Lily’s outfit was too short and “diaper-ish.”
In the end, most netizens just want their idol’s visuals emphasized by their clothing instead of being distracted by them.