As the winter creeps in, the sunny warm days of the tail ends of summer and the early breath of autumn seems like a distant memory. The trees hadn’t yet turned, and it was still acceptable to wear short sleeves out during the day, as long as you carried a jacket with you for the chill of the evening air. Autumn doesn’t really hit Korea until the last week and a half of November – the last week if we’re really lucky, but this year it turned cold fast.
Even so, I thought I’d share some of the outfits I wore when we went to Gongju City in Chungcheongnam-do. I wore them when the weather was better, but with some layers I hope that it provides a little inspiration for some cute winter outfits. I know I’ll be repeating them. With Uniqulo heattech.
What I wore in Gongju City – The Travel Outfit
By far the comfiest thing to navigate a road trip (aka long car journey) in, is leggings and oversized suggly clothes. I have a collection of large t-shirts that I mostly wear around the house in summer, but they make great travel clothes too.
This particular tee is a favourite of mine that I picked up in a Star101 in Kondae (the area around Konkuk University in Seoul). It’s from the unisex/mens section, and is a little thicker than the usual t-shirt cotton, so is great for when the weather starts getting colder.
Usually when I travel I opt for some kind of leggings or yoga pants on the bottom half. The ones I wore for this trip were a pair I picked up years ago from Missguided, but most recently I’ve been opting for the Celimax style from Xexymix as they’re so comfortable. Honestly, the perfect travel outfit. Go all black or neutral tones for a more chic look, or rainbow colourful if that’s more your style.
The Hanok Maeul Outfit
The second Gonju city outfit was a pleated wrap dress from Lovesomeone, paired with some slingback white sandals from monobabie for a trip to the Hanok Village. The hanok village in this city is a modern hanok village, so the buildings are fairly recent and really beautiful. There’s a foot spa in the village, and you can enjoy playing some traditional games if you wish.
I instantly fell in love with this dress when I saw it on the Korean shopping app zigzag. Blue and white stripes are so pretty in the summer, but the largest draw for me was the skirt. The wrap portion lays flat, but the underskirt has these beautiful pleats that add a little extra movement and body to the dress. It also kind of mimics the necklines of my modern hanbok dresses, so is perfect for this location!
The cafe hopping outfit
My third Gonju city outfit was probably my favourite, and also probably the most weather appropriate. I was really excited to style some cowboy boots that I bought from Shoe Chelin. They’ve been everywhere for the fall season in Seoul, and I was desperate to get my hands on some, so when I spied them with a discount I snapped them up fast.
I paired the boots with a leather(ette) pinafore dress from Chuu that I bought last year, and a poofy sleeved blouse that I picked up from Slow Berry, which I adore for the drama of the sleeves and the cuffs. I really like how the blue compliments the tan of the pinafore and the black of the boots.
So those were the outfits I wore in Gongju City! It was nice to get out of Seoul finally, fully complying with the government regulations in place during this testing time. It was also nice to taking some of my newer dresses out for a spin, and have fun planning outfits to wear. If you want to see what we got up to, or what the locations looked like I have a video over on my youtube channel!