This Okay-drama is tearing me out of my Ennui sweatpants

After wearing sweatpants almost exclusively for over a year, I suddenly long for a glamorous return to dressing. And all thanks to a K-drama. Grace and kamsahamnida, Vincenzo.

My elastic waist boredom was shattered when my Netflix scrolling led me to it Vincenzo (Vincenzo), a hugely popular K-drama about a Korean-born, Italian-raised Mafia consigliere in search of revenge and hidden gold.

I was beaten. Not only with the impotent title character Vincenzo Cassano, played by the equally impotent song Joong-ki (송중기), but also through the new version of the Powersuit, brought to you by the latest superstars in tailoring: Moon Choi, JayBaek Couture, Max Mara and more . I sighed scene after scene with ironed creases, sharp shoulders, tailored vests, and bespoke button-downs paired with gold collar pins. Even Vincenzo’s silk pajamas are painfully stunning – and they’re as far away from the snuggly sweatpants cocoon I was trapped in last year as can be.

While Vincenzo is my first K-drama, I’ve been riding the Hallyu wave for a few years thanks to my devotion to global K-pop superstars BTS (annyeonghaseyo, ARMY!). For those unfamiliar with K-dramas, they are often compared to telenovelas because of their high drama, great cast, and serial nature. K-dramas span a wide range of genres, from historical time pieces to zombie horror to pure, ooey-sticky romances. The shows are usually limited to just one season, but unlike American shows, this season is usually 20-plus episodes, with each episode lasting up to 90 minutes. Thanks to this deep source of Bingable content, coupled with the advent of streaming services, the popularity of K-Dramas is skyrocketing. In fact, in a 2017 survey, the Korean Tourism Organization found that more than half of foreigners who visit Korea did so after watching a K-drama.

I feel like Stefon when I try to list all of my favorite parts of Vincenzobecause this K-drama has it all: a hockey stick wielding evil CEO, a courtroom full of bees, family gaps, makgeolli hangovers, a pigeon that just won’t walk, a burning vineyard, lamb’s lettuce, a secret cellar full of gold bars, a horse riding, double crossed honeypot caper and more twists than a fusilli noodle. The series is incredibly entertaining and changes its moods from dark mafia crime thriller to silly slapstick to starry romance with whiplash. There is drama, adventure and, above all, capital city fashion.

Summer attire usually brings to mind bright bikinis and sexy crop tops, but here I fancy three-piece suits and chic, old-fashioned accessories like pressed handkerchiefs, engraved Zippo lighters, and paisley silk scarves to wear in an undercover bag while riding Mission . On the way, Vincenzo teams up with the equally chic, equally cutthroat attorney Hong Cha-Young (played by Jeon Yeo-been, 전 여빈), and my wardrobe lust doubled immediately. Cha-Young wears a non-stop parade of suits so beautiful I want to burn all of my hoodies.

Here’s some good news if you’re as flogged as I am: you can still grab some of the stunning Cha-Young and Vincenzo pieces to add to your post-sweatpivot pivot. Scroll through the gallery for my favorite pieces while we wait to see if we get a second season.

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