Office Looks from K-Drama “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim”

What are your favorite K-dramas of the year so far? What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is definitely one of mine. Starring Park Min-young as the dedicated Secretary Kim Mi-so, and Park Seo-joon as the narcissistic multi-conglomerate VP Lee Young-joon, the rom-com is more than just a Cinderella story – it also involves a little mystery, plus you get to learn a lot about Korean office culture. The novel-turned-comic-turned-TV show earned Park Min-young the K-Star Award at the 6th APAN Star Awards. Instead of asking what’s wrong with Secretary Kim, maybe we should ask “What’s right with Secretary Kim?”

WARNING: If you haven’t seen the drama, watch out for spoilers below!


Drama stills from tvN

1. Chiffon Blouses + Pencil Skirts

Compared to her colleagues (who are also secretaries) and siblings, Secretary Kim’s workwear is rather monotonous. For the secretary to the Vice President, it’s better to play it safe than be adventurous. Despite never wearing anything besides chiffon blouses tucked into pencil skirts, Secretary Kim creates variations with details on her blouses, such as tie-neck, pintuck, smocking, ruffles, decorative buttons, flared or bishop sleeves. The best part about her style is the different ways she ties the inset sashes around her neck. There’s also a scene where the Vice President “unties” her – sexy!


2. Pastels

Secretary Kim wears mostly pastels, which give her a feminine appeal without sacrificing formality. Rather than earthy or muted colors, she tends to wear soft and bright hues for a young, clean and refreshing look. Light pink, lavender and mint are among her favorite colors for office attire.

3. One-Piece Dresses

She only wears one-piece dresses for corporate events like cocktail dinners, or when she has a date with the Vice President. In the first episode, she wore a bright orange ruffled off-shoulder dress paired with a glittery Jimmy Choo clutch at a corporate dinner. This was the boldest outfit she’s ever worn. Some of her other outfits include a fluttering canary yellow dress that she wore to a dinner date with the Vice President, a little black dress (LBD) when he proposed, and a structured pink midi for the parents’ meetup.

4. Shoulder Bags

The Vice President mentions that he bought Secretary Kim many bags, ranging from Hermés, Dior, Chloé and Loewe to Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Michael Kors and Longchamp. This makes Kim’s bag repertoire worth every girl’s envy. I also noticed a practice she adopts – she always ties her hair up in a ponytail when wearing a shoulder bag, probably to prevent her hair from tangling with the shoulder strap. She lets her hair down only when she wears top-handle bags (which isn’t often).

5. Shiseido Makeup

Since Park Min-young is an ambassador for Shiseido, what makeup brand would you expect her to support in the drama? There are a few scenes that show Secretary Kim anxiously preparing for a date. On her desk, you can see the latest offerings and bestsellers from Shiseido’s premium lines, including the White Lucent brightening series, Clear Stick UV Protector, Rouge Rouge lipstick (#OR417) and Maquillage eyeshadow (#PK 303).

6. Minimal Jewelry

Secretary Kim mainly wears jewelry from the Korean brand STONEHENgE, including the rhinestone pendant necklace that the Vice President gives her. She switches up her earrings almost every day – she wears threaders, draped chains, hoops, studs or rhinestone flowers but they always remain minimal. You can also spot her wearing accessories from Tiffany and Cartier occasionally.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim soundtrack is available on YesAsia.com.