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Style spotlight: 10 Immaculate outfits that prove Exo’s Kai is a fashion icon on and off the stage

Saeng-il chugha haeyo, Kai Nini!

15.01.2023

By Phyll Wu

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Style spotlight: 10 Immaculate outfits that prove Exo’s Kai is a fashion icon on and off the stage

In the pantheon of K-pop male heartthrobs, Kim Jong-In, otherwise known as Kai of Exo, has been topping the list since his debut with the world-renowned group eleven years ago. Known for his extraordinary talents in dancing (popularly regarded as one of K-pop’s top dancers of all time) and singing, his charming allure, and of course, his impeccable style, the beloved multi-talented icon has just turned 29 years young as of the 14th of January—and he has already swept an endless number of well-deserved accolades under his belt. Whilst the group is currently inactive due to members focusing on solo projects, as well as military enlistments, Kai is certainly not using this time to kick his feet up and slack around anytime soon, despite the eleven years of non-stop hustle alongside his fellow Exo members.

 

As of late, the star has been making his entrance into the world of high fashion, having been spotted on various red carpets of prominent fashion events, sitting front row at runway shows of the biggest fashion houses, gracing covers of esteemed magazines and campaigns for luxury brands, and even scooped up an opportunity to create a collaborative capsule collection with Gucci in 2021—and that’s just a few of his many accomplishments in recent years. Dubbed as the Master of Centre, Global Fashion Icon, Crop-top King, Idol of Idols, Human Gucci, and God of Dance, amongst many other exalting monikers, it’s not hard to see why the dashing virtuoso has stolen the hearts of millions around the world and had all his fans wrapped around his finger—he’s simply unreal! Though we could spend hours swooning over his unparalleled range of talents and his heart-stopping looks, in celebration of his 29th birthday, we’re taking a stroll through some of the fashion icon’s recent, most memorable sartorial choices.

 

Gucci’s favourite

 

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Just a day before Kai’s 29th birthday, the Gucci muse attended the Italian fashion house’s first runway show following the departure of its former creative director, Alessandro Michele, dressed in a checkered black suit over a pastel blue button-up.

Read: A look back at Alessandro Michele’s magical moments for Gucci

 

 

On the move in style

 

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Reppin’ the Italian luxury house, Kai is decked in Gucci head-to-toe for a comfortable smart-casual look, which he completed with the luxury brand’s tote and luggage.

 

 

Dashing in denim

 

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Pictured against a clean background, the stylish icon flaunts an oversized denim ‘fit with a button-up, cargo trousers, and finished with a pair of polished loafers. It’s giving boyfriend material!

 

 

Suited up

At SM Town Live 2023, Exo raised the roof with their Love Shot performance whilst Kai once again proved that he’s the Master of Centre with his show-stealing moves. Dressed in a royal purple suit, his outfit was certainly one of the highlights of the night!

 

 

‘Mmmh’ indeed

 

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Alongside his crew of dancers suited in black, the star performed his first solo title track, Mmmh, at Kpop.Flex fashioned in a black origami blazer with matching trousers from South Korea-based streetwear label Kusikohc. If there’s anyone who knows who to rock the finest suits, it’s most definitely Kai!

 

 

The dreamy prince

 

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A peek behind the scenes at the star’s Peaches music video, the heartthrob looked as dreamy as ever in Kiko Kostadinov’s Moylita tweed skirt and Jethra tweed cut-out trousers.

 

 

Futuristic oriental

 

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Yet another outfit from the Peaches music video, Kai captivates viewers with a piercing stare whilst adorned in a one-of-a-kind hanbok with streetwear twists.

 

 

Majestic in lace

 

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In a series of photos with an idyllic landscape, the dashing idol looked ethereal in a creamy-hued lace blouse and corset trousers that very much evokes Pride and Prejudice vibes. Mr. Darcy’s got nothing on Kai!

 

 

Crop-top King

 

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No one wears a crop-top like Kai! His stage outfits have always been the boldest and the most risk-taking out of the bunch, and to the delight of Kai fans, we were once again blessed with the Crop-top King in the Obsession era!

 

 

Seoul’s favourite fashion icon

 

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Prepping up for his interview as the new face of Seoul Fashion Week in 2021, the fashion maven wore an oversized suit with a ribbon bow tie. Just flawless!

 

 

 

 

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