Hot or Not: Local stars wearing 'Oppa' fashion trends

From loud prints to bold stripes and dangling earrings, how do male local celebs measure up when they attempt these Korean fashion trends?

Pecs appeal
Pecs appeal
02 May 2018

Pecs appeal

Perhaps Joakim Gomez, Aloysius Pang and Desmond Tan were inspired by MONSTA X’s Shownu's shirtless looks but the results were more disturbing than racy.

Verdict: Not. And even Joakim agrees.

Photo: Instagram: @joakimgomez, @aloypang, @thedesmondtan

Loud prints
Loud prints
02 May 2018

Loud prints

Loud, kitschy prints and Hawaiian shirts were all the rage after EXO wore them in their 'Kokobop' music video last year, so we’re not surprised that the trend found its way into Shane Pow’s wardrobe.

Verdict: Hot. Shane deserves an extra ang bao for this cheerful, trendy take on Chinese New Year reunion dinner outfits. 

Photo: Instagram/@shanepowxp

Heavy coats
Heavy coats
02 May 2018

Heavy coats

Singapore is no place for winter wear but that hasn’t stopped Romeo Tan and Richie Koh from donning heavy coats a la Gong Yoo in Goblin every chance they get.

Verdict: Hot, literally and figuratively, though not the most practical. But since when has ~fashion~ cared about being pragmatic?

Photo: Instagram/@romeotan, @richiekrq

Bold stripes
Bold stripes
02 May 2018

Bold stripes

Colourful wide stripes paired with neutrals were a fashion staple this year, both in music videos and on the streets of Seoul. And as well as on our very own celebs.

Verdict: Hot. Timothee Yap’s tall, skinny frame and elfin features make him a dead ringer for a Kpop star in this getup.

Photo: Instagram/@timotheeyjw

Pleated pants
Pleated pants
02 May 2018

Pleated pants

Desmond Tan is the epitome of suave oppa in this button down shirt (preferably loosely buttoned) and slouchy pleated pants getup. Extra points for the sleek ride.

Verdict: Sizzling!

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Checks and plaids
Checks and plaids
02 May 2018

Checks and plaids

The “it” textile of 2017 is still going strong, and up-and-coming star, Joel Choo, looks all grown up – dare we say, oppa-like – wearing the trend.

Verdict: Hot

Photo: Instagram/@joelchoozw

Red velvet
Red velvet
02 May 2018

Red velvet

Red Velvet ain’t just for cupcakes or K-Pop girl groups – it’s a bona fide fashion trend, which we spotted on both Kpop stars (namely, BTS’ Jimin) and on our very own Edwin Goh.

Verdict: Not. Unbuttoning the suit would have made it look way less like pyjamas.

Photo: Instagram/@edwininja

Dangling earring
Dangling earring
02 May 2018

Dangling earring

Dangling earrings aren’t just for women. With his tan and smirk, Desmond looks like the oppa pirate of our dreams.

Verdict: Hot

Oversized wardrobe
Oversized wardrobe
02 May 2018

Oversized wardrobe

We are all for the oversized trend but supersizing multiple elements of your outfit makes you (yes you, Bryan Wong) look like a throwback to the ‘80s - albeit in a high fashion sort of way.

Verdict: Not

Photo: Instagram/@iweeklymag

Cropped trousers
Cropped trousers
02 May 2018

Cropped trousers

Everything about this outfit, from the centre-parted hair, to the loose-fitting button-down, to the high socks, and especially the cropped trousers, is Korean-inspired – it’s too bad the ensemble makes Jeremy Chan look about 12 years old.

Verdict: Not

Photo: Instagram/@jeremychanmy

This entire look
This entire look
02 May 2018

This entire look

If you told us this was from a Korean fashion magazine, and not from Desmond’s Instagram, we would have believed you. It’s too bad the high-waisted, loose-fitting white pants make his toned and slender frame look blockier than a brick wall.

Verdict: Not

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

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