By Megan Collins | Previous Up-to-date: Apr 5 2022

And the most effective-dressed gentleman of 2022 is…V of K-pop group BTS!

BTS style fashion V
credit: GQ

As the Venn diagram of BTS enthusiasts and Design and style Girlfriend followers is really two independent and distinctive circles, positioned at opposite ends of a regulation-sized soccer pitch, enable me give you the rundown.

BTS, shorter for Bangtan Boys, is the identify of a K-pop team with a really dedicated fanbase. 

Contacting by themselves Army, a lot of of these lovers categorical enthusiasm for the band and its 7 members—Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, the aforementioned V, and Jungkook—to a diploma that I have under no circumstances proven for a musical act, sporting activities team, alma mater, or frankly, my very own spouse and children. 

Did ARMY’s skillful social media mobilization, where by SG Insanity celebrity design and style face-offs go down, assistance V to victory?

Absolutely. But immediately after shaking off the disappointment that my individual pick for this year’s major place, Tom Holland, got bumped in the Sweet Sixteen, I embraced the plan of a BTS enthusiast-fueled championship.

And not just because it’s been great for engagement on SG’s Instagram, though…wow. Like I mentioned, these supporters are focused.

But because, a lot more importantly, an SG Madness title for V, née Kim Taehyung, offers us the prospect to spotlight a person whose individual model feels really diverse than the aesthetic we ordinarily characteristic on Style Girlfriend.

BTS style hits the SG Insanity bracket

It would be foolish to ignore the influence the South Korean boy band has experienced on pop society in the very last various years, no matter whether you’re Army or otherwise.

So when deciding on this year’s SG Insanity contenders, it was a no-brainer to include things like V, the group’s specified vogue plate. 

Distinguishing the boy band’s boys

That mentioned, the team commonly seems all with each other, putting on coordinating outfits from whichever style house they are at present serving as worldwide ambassadors.

Which for me, has meant a steep studying curve in understanding who just about every member is.

BTS style
credit score: Vogue United kingdom

In spite of mainlining Boy With Luv, BTS’s upbeat collaboration with Halsey, nearly non-end whilst coaching for a race pre-pandemic, I still was only vaguely acquainted with the group’s personal associates.

So when I recognized V was headed straight for the championship title, I understood I wanted a crash program in BTS and BTS type.

I knew a pair. J-Hope I understand conveniently, with his sweet and a bit goofy smile that reminds me of a Sesame Road muppet.

RM is the only a person who speaks fluent English and has thus become the default spokesman for the team on crimson carpets and late evening discuss show couches all around the environment. He’s bought the demeanor of a friendly park ranger, or a non-creepy youth pastor.

But the rest? I desired BTS flash playing cards.

I’d like to defend myself—I can not notify the (white!) brothers of Bridgerton aside possibly!—but to be trustworthy, the operate of placing every member’s deal with to memory has created me painfully informed of my have-race bias (ORB), the cognitive phenomenon that demonstrates people of one race have a more durable time readily recognizing or pinpointing people today of another.

Social researchers chalk up ORB to the deficiency of significant exposure to other cultural and racial groups. Just since I’m not outing myself as a bigot, though, does not make the confession any much more palatable.

Certainly I’m so glad we’re ultimately observing extra range in superstar lifestyle.

I’m also painfully conscious that celebrating these forms of “firsts” in 2022 (I see you, SG Insanity Last 4 contender and Marvel’s inaugural Asian superhero Simu Liu!) requirements to make way for normalizing illustration, period.

A single ultimate caveat (doth I protest much too a great deal?), I also imagine my lack of familiarity with BTS is a issue of no for a longer period immersing myself in pop tradition the way I did when I was younger. I can not even check out any award clearly show on MTV any longer because I only identify the movie star winning the life span accomplishment award (they’re commonly close to 35).

So if you really do not know who V is, or can’t convey to BTS from Backstreet Boys, know you are not by yourself listed here.

But! I hope you take it as an opportunity to broaden your own type standpoint. And go pay attention to “Boy With Luv.” It is a bop!

Underneath, 4 BTS design and style lessons to acquire away from the band and V himself:

BTS Grammys 2021
c/o: Huge Hit Enjoyment

1. Coordinating has arrive a prolonged way considering that junior prom

You may not have a red carpet to walk, but take it from a K-pop septet adored by literal thousands and thousands, dressing in sync is a vibe!

Not matching, but coordinating outfits can search actually, seriously very good.

The lesson: Don’t be afraid to check in with your substantial other when receiving dressed for an party.

Even a smaller touch like a pocket sq. that brings out the colours of your date’s jewellery is a lower-key flex that communicates a united front and looks terrific.

2. Have enjoyment experimenting with developments

SG’s not suggesting each and every man trade in his slim-fit chinos for a calm silhouette accommodate (however if it’s from Louis Vuitton, you have bought our blessing), but it can be useful to glimpse to trendsetters like V and BTS to see illustrations of how to attempt a pattern.

The lesson: Examine out trend-ahead superstars for inspiration on seeking new traits. BTS design and style alterations from period to time, and yours can also!

No disgrace in the individual design and style growth sport.

3. Acquire care of your skin! 

Instagram: @anderson._paak

I’m exceptionally into the independence that V and his bandmates have in playing with stereotypical beauty criteria.

I know it’s become a trope to converse about the depth of Korean skincare routines (so many ways!), but these guys’ faces glimpse like glass. What are they using, and can I obtain some? 

And yes, they absolutely dress in some makeup. In an period exactly where Harry Designs has begun a nail polish line and Pharrell is hawking eye cream, then V and the rest of BTS are simply just keeping with the situations. 

The lesson: It’s time to undertake a proper skincare routine, if you have not by now.

And if you want to try out a very little highlighter on those cheekbones? Go for it.

4. Embrace the work

At the risk of sounding like a valedictorian at Euphoria High, my hope for the upcoming is that a lot more guys—specifically of the cis, straight variety—feel at ease dressing in the way that would make them feel their best, most self-assured selves. 

I hope if you want to dye your hair, or get Botox, or wear a Cuban heel, you do!

V and BTS’ model may not be what Style Girlfriend followers are applied to, and I know it is straightforward to be dismissive of pop culture you are not individually into, but it is great to embrace adjust when it will come knocking down your just-for-pleasurable once-a-year model level of competition!

SG Insanity 2020 winner Harry Styles put it correctly when he defended the recognition of boy bands to Rolling Stone:

“Who’s to say that youthful ladies who like pop songs – quick for well-known, ideal? – have worse musical flavor than a 30-calendar year-previous hipster guy? Which is not up to you to say. Music is anything that’s constantly changing. There’s no goal posts.”

Models is correct. New music is often altering, and so is design and style. So go on and pay attention to the teenagers. They are using more than in any case.

The lesson: We’re not earning enjoyment of any person anymore for earning an work with their visual appeal, or striving a thing new or various. It’s 2022, and we’re not participating in that recreation any more.

If it helps make you experience far better about your look, and extra confident using on your working day, then it is #SGapproved.

Congrats V!

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Want a lot more celeb design and style? Verify out vogue lessons from earlier SG Madness winners Barack Obama and Harry Models.