When I was first introduced to the wonderful world of BTS—the seven member K-Pop boy band that’s taken over the world—one boy stood out to me: my bias, Jung ‘J-Hope’ Ho-seok. Or, as his bandmates and ARMY members call him, Hobi.
Hobi is BTS’s dancing and rapping king. He always finds a way to steal each performance and my heart with his cheeky infectious smile and dimples, and his loud and proud sense of fashion.
For an understanding of this, please look no further than his solo on BTS’s latest album 7: Map of the Soul and comeback track, “Outro: Ego,” where my bias dances and prances about dressed in comfy baggy clothes that warm my lil heart.
But even though his rapping/dancing/singing/being cute skills are unparalleled, we have to talk about his fashion too. Hobi’s signature is Dolce & Gabbana, fluffy, warm and oversized sweaters, loud print button ups, bucket hats, beanies and headbands worn with chain accessories. If you also vibe his style (as well as his cute face), here’s everything you need to know to dress in the style of J-Hope.
First lesson: he has a smile that kills
And expensive taste
Compared to the rest of the members of BTS, J-Hope has an expensive taste in fashion.
For the uninitiated, the group have openly mentioned that they don’t have any sponsors because they prefer to wear whatever they want (and tbh, they’re successful enough to not need to!). And J-Hope is probably the fanciest of them all, shopping at luxury bougie labels like Gucci, Versace, Louis Vutton, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada.
That’s all well and gucci when you have expensive taste AND are an international K-Pop phenomenon, but how can us everyday stans wear Hobi’s style? Well, it all comes down to dress in the style of him, not exactly in the very same clothes.
Be Loud, Proud and Boldly Colourful
The biggest takeaway we can learn from Hobi is how expressive and colourful his clothes are. He’s not afraid to wear all white, opting for a clean white suit in a London and South American tour. Then, there’s all the multicoloured vibrant print button ups with loud and vibrant explosions of patterns and colour he wears (a big mood from yours truly, imo), which all perfectly reflects his infectiously cheerful personality.
When wearing multicoloured vibrant prints, you’re best to have a plain coloured bottom layer. Having two different contrasting patterns on you is considered not a bop but a total flop, generally speaking. If you go with patterns that compliment each other or one bold and one lighter set of patterns, it could work, but we’re warning you.
Side note: for loose shirts, tuck the front and let the sides and back hang around your waist.
Anyway, the point here is to be loud, proud and boldly colourful like J-Hope but remember, tops can be patterned but bottoms must be plain, unless they’re made up of the same pattern, and that’s that on that.
Baggy, oversized pants for a boy with a baggy oversized place in my heart
Much like Syrup fave Billie Eilish, Hobi loves wearing oversized baggy clothes. Seen here in the music video to “Chicken Noodle Soup,” he wears a baggy pair of cargo pants with pockets for days, or an orange pair of baggy cargos matched with an orange vest with pocket dimensions of storage. The trick with oversized baggy clothes is shopping for a one size larger than you usually would. If you go hunting for an XL when you’re a M, for example, you risk losing yourself in your clothes and going from cute and baggy to an oversized recycling bag.
When buying baggy pants, remember: they should be baggy around the hips and legs, but not around the waist (otherwise you’ll be pulling them up all day!). Style them in proportion with a slim-fitting tee or shirt, and make sure to embrace the tapered hem with a low-rider sneaker
He loves to feel warm and fluffy
From there, Hobi loves to wear things that feel warm and fluffy. I’m talking comfy woollen jumpers, big baggy sweaters with balloon sleeves and cardigans when he can. For these, you’re best wearing a simple linen underneath, preferably plain white or black so it compliments the outer layer.
In the music video to “Outro: Ego,” he wears a big oversized knitted sweater with faded sky blue ripped jeans and then a simple brown light cardigan with a white shirt, followed by a white turtleneck in a burgundy robe.
He loves a head accessory: beanies, buckets and bracelets
When it comes to what he wears on his head, J-Hope loves to play around with different shapes and headpieces, but essentially LOVES a beanie and bucket hat. For beanies, he, and we, like to wear them loosely at the top of the head instead of tightly on, so there’s enough room at the top for a little puff cloud. Ngl, it’s kinda cute. Bucket hats are a whole other category, and we recommend mixing it with a nice plain coloured (but J-Hope loud) jumper and baggy cargos.
When he’s not wearing either, he’s seen digging a basic white cap, series of colour matching head bracelets with whatever multi-pattern printed button up his wearing, and, a soft chic little French cap. For the latter, you just *have* to compliment it with a similarly toned top and warm scarf, as seen below by our best boy.
Ending it off with some chains and studs
Then, when he’s on the go on the streets or airport, Hobi likes to accessorise with a nice pouch bag and simple jewellery. Think, a station or pendant necklace of a luxury brand’s logo or a double set of chain necklaces, eternity or signal rings, and stud earrings to match.
When it comes to necklaces, we recommend to not mix and match. If you’re going with some chains, add some more on if you like, but don’t go throwing on a pendant or station along with it. Rings are a bit of more free game, fortunately, and you can play around with them (usually have one to two per finger and shared among your two middle fingies).