In this edition of his monthly column, Adam Harper - the premier writer on emergent, underground music - delves into the world of post-"Gangnam Style" K-pop and hallyu.
"Oh... hey, Adam... I like your… outfit..."
Turns out it's not particularly easy wearing leggings under shorts in your average postgraduate community (who knew). Or even in most of the real world, for that matter. But luckily I have the encouragement of my new spiritual mentors among K-pop's boy-band idols. Cavorting and frolicking about on YouTube, Tumblr and in animated gifs, practically every K-boy-band video in 2013 featured shorts and leggings or some variation thereon: shorts and long socks, long tops and skinnies, drop crotch pants, even full-blown skirts. Beautiful, all of them. "K-pop," I tell my drearily-clothed academic colleagues, "I can do this because of K-pop."