Before enthralling audiences as the beautiful and talented secretary Kim Mi-so in the 2018 hit show, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, Park Min Young played roles in various dramas before scoring a breakthrough in coming-of-age drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010). She went on to star in City Hunter (2011) alongside heartthrob Lee Min-ho and Healer (2015) with Ji Chang Wook.
But Min Young really cemented her popularity status with Secretary Kim, which incidentally, was her first foray into romantic comedy. The show even led her to hold her first fan meeting since her debut 12 years ago. Fans of Secretary Kim will be glad to hear that she will be starring in another romcom in 2019 called Her Private Life, where she plays a curator beside actor Kim Jae Wook.
In celebration of her 33rd birthday on March 4, let’s take a look at some of Min Young’s best looks and cop some style tips from this fashionable actress. Happy birthday!
Jazz up a simple outfit with a printed blazer
We all have a white T-shirt and jeans combo in our wardrobe, simply because it’s a quick, no-fuss ensemble that is guaranteed to look good for the weekends. But if you’re stuck in a rut and wondering how else you can jazz up this staple outfit, take a note from Min Young, who relies on outerwear like this printed blazer to add colour and style points to a classic look. This pairing can also be worn for casual Fridays at work too.
Opt for unique silhouettes but in neutral colours
Separates are staples, as they allow you to match in different permutations to create an infinite number of looks. But rather than sticking to the ordinary blouse or top (although there’s nothing wrong with those), pick ones that have an unusual silhouette or design because they can help create a more interesting and dynamic result. Take this look from our birthday star as an example: Rather than opting for a simple, cream blouse, she chose one that featured a sweetheart neckline with slightly puffed sleeves to match her light denim jeans.
Invest in a failsafe LBD
Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld once said, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress,” and we couldn’t agree more. Min Young looks ethereal in this monochrome high-collared and thigh slit number. Notice how she added colour through a choice jacket and handbag while keeping her footwear in tone with the outfit — this is a simple way to add minute touches of vibrancy to your ensemble without straying too far.
Don’t forget the hat
Not only can hats help to shield us from harmful UV rays of the sun (which is much needed in the ever-sunny Singapore), it is also a great, and often overlooked, way to accessorise. And the South Korean actress is often spotted in some kind of headgear — from sun hats and berets to headbands and beanies — so pick your poison.
When in doubt, go with a statement pantsuit
We love pantsuits, simply because of their amazing transformative ability to make you look like a #girlboss. But if you really want to take it up a notch and make your presence felt at work and on weekends, pick a statement pantsuit combo. To make the look sexier, ditch the shirt and wear a bralette or bandeau top (like Min Young) under the sharp suit.
Images: Park Min Young’s Instagram
Text: Ho Guo Xiong