Somi (born Ennik Somi Douma and also known as Jeon Somi) is an 18 year old Canadian-Korean K-pop idol. Somi made her solo debut on June 13th with Birthday, an upbeat bubblegum pop track produced by acclaimed rapper Teddy.
Having been immersed in the K-pop world for a number of years, I can honestly say that Birthday is one of my favorite K-pop debut songs ever. Therefore, the track (and its colorful, high-fashion music video) are the subject of this week’s K-pop Inspiration post.
Oops, You’re Not InvitedSomi – Birthday
This music video is the perfect blend of outrageous fashion, slick choreography and colorful aesthetics that encapsulates the K-pop genre. Let’s get into it and get inspired by the styling in Somi’s first solo MV! Here’s our Somi style guide for the Birthday video.
Somi Style Look 1 – Hey Boy, How Ya Doin’
For this opening outfit, I decided to take elements of Somi’s edgy first look which featured a slit midi skirt and a cropped black t-shirt. To make the look more wearable for a college student, I combined a graphic tee with a ruched-slit skirt and some red snakeskin heels (to reflect the pattern in Jeon Somi’s skirt).
To me, this look is all about effective mixing of patterns, so I added a zebra-print jacket to represent the monochromatic faux-fur coat Somi pulls off effortlessly in the MV. It’s better to stick to one neutral color-palette when exploring pattern-mixing in this way. Shades of black in different textures (the satin skirt, the cotton tee) with just one pop of color make for a more cohesive aesthetic.
Look 2 – Birthday Land
This second look is an ode to the cute schoolgirl aesthetic of many K-pop debuts. Here, Somi clashes patterns and colors in a way that’s interesting but not overbearing.
I found this green jacket on ASOS (fun fact: it’s unisex) and picked up the yellow-plaid of her skirt with this fun Skinnydip fanny pack. Finally, a classic skater skirt complements the preppy schoolgirl vibe perfectly.
Look 3 – Oops, You’re Not Invited
While this look was my favorite from the MV, it was most definitely the most difficult to replicate. Somi’s Dolce & Gabbana dress from the video’s opening shot is the stuff that dreams are made of, but naturally such an item isn’t exactly college-budget friendly. So, here’s a gorgeous shirt from Nasty Gal in a similar, intergalactical print.
Paired with an on-trend mini-skirt, some navy sandals and gemstone-inspired jewellery, this look is the perfect day-to-night transition outfit. Just add star-print earrings and swap the sandals out for dressier heels for a post-work cocktail date with your girlfriends!
Look 4 – Every Day is My Birthday
Equal parts formal and casual, this athleisure-inspired final look is fun, sporty and flirty. Tied up in her own big red ribbon, Somi struts about in a bright pink blazer, Nike tee and black belt combo that shouldn’t work, but somehow does.
This look is relatively easy to recreate for yourself. I found this fuchsia blazer on Pretty Little Thing and this Amore belt on the consistently trend-conscious Fashion Nova. Because this look is a little more out there for everyday, why not consider wearing it to your next K-pop concert? Somi’s fans will easily spot you in the crowd!
What did you think of our Somi style guide?
Did you enjoy Somi’s debut? Are you looking forward to her solo music ventures? What other K-pop artists would you like to see covered here on CF? Let me know in the comments below, I can’t wait to hear from you!