Cheese in the Trap Fashion - Hong Seol
Cheese in the Trap is a KDrama from 2016 and evolves around Hong Seols university life. Despite an anyway stressful schedule and being short on money Hong Seol has to cope with this really deceitful sunbea of hers. I watched the drama a couple of times and I have to say I really like Hong Seols fashion. She has a unique and refreshing style. In general Cheese in the Traps fashion is spot on and harmonized with the character traits. From all the KDramas I watched Hong Seol character is one that really stuck to my head. Her personality is really strong confident and not boring at all. While most characters in Dramaland accept to get bullied or don’t talk back Hong Seol is one character that you shouldn’t underestimate.
The Kdrama has a really different set of characters in general. The main male lead Yoo Jung is also heavily different from most Dramaland characters. His character is not perfect at all, no he is even a really weird and confusing guy letting you always doubt his sincerity. In terms of character setting Cheese in the Trap has one of the best evolving and learning characters seen so far in KDramas.
While first Hong Seols hairstyle looked just messy and not cared for shortly after getting to know her character I saw the style and statement behind it. Same goes for Hong Seols fashion. Hong Seols fashion sense is not your typical Kdrama fashion sense with girly and cute fashion.
Hong Seols most iconic outfit which can also be seen on the Cheese in the Trap promotion poster is the mustard yellow knit Pullover. Combined with a white Shirt underneath and a brown bucket bag Hong Seol looks like she came out of a vintage Vogue magazine. The most important piece for her outfit is the brownish loafers. The loafers add the important vintage feeling to the outfit. Think about it, would Hong Seols outfit still look the same with Nikes?
Hong Seol wore the outfit in the first couple of days after semester start. Jung was bothering her immensely to have a meal with him while she was trying to avoid him all the time. Then she gave up and they had a cute little convenience store meal.
Hong Seols fashion contains usually a lot of layering. Especially jumpsuits and dresses with suspenders are one of Hong Seols favourite fashion pieces. She likes keeping her outfit casual and chic by wearing a monochrome blouse or turtleneck underneath.
Hong Seols outfit is from episode 3 when she is forced to eat dinner with In-ho to get her phone back that she lost the days before. After that dinner, In-ho and Hong Seol get closer.
Jumping two episodes further In-Ho and Hong Seol are walking home together as he stops in front of a screen. In-hos old piano teacher is on the TV he talks about a student who just won the piano competition. In-Ho is crying about losing the ability to play. He is devastated. A heart-wrenching scene. Hong Seols outfit is similar to the outfit before. This time she is wearing a white blouse with a grey knit crop top. She looks cute and professional while trying to encourage In-ho.
Cheese in the trap fashion is really admirable. Each character has his own style portraying his character. In-ha and In-ho have the perfect image of a spoiled crazy brat and a rebellious guy. Yoo Jung looks like a rich and “perfect” guy what he portrays perfectly to the outside. The costume designer of cheese in the trap fashion did an awesome job bringing life to the characters.