Even Kurt Cobain, who pronounced that grunge is corny and predicted it’d be a passe, had it wrong. Because even in his death and the ascent of pop, grunge became a strong influence on many people, young and old.
More than music, lifestyle, and fashion, grunge is a movement, and it bridged the vast gap from heavy metal to punk rock to alternative going to pop music.
With its silent birth in the underground music scene of Seattle, Washington, grunge personified the mid-1980s angst-filled population with Nirvana and Pearl Jams’ anguished vocals, socially-critical lyrics, and dark melodies carried out with artistic guitar distortions.
Even today, grunge is seen on the streets of every busy city in the world, with kids and teens who weren’t even born in that era sporting distressed denim, plaid skirts, shirts, knee-high boots, leather jackets, and silver chains. If you’re into the movement, here are grunge outfit ideas to inspire you:
Wear Your Love for Grunge on Your Shirt
Nothing screams grunge than having Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam printed on your shirts. You could also have the face of Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, and Layne Stanley as a t shirt design and style it up with leather boots, scruffy hair, and chains hanging on your mid-waist.
You may also declare love for Courtney Love, the goddess of grunge that inspired songs about gender issues, depression, and postpartum depression on your shirts. After all, the grunge and rock scene aren’t only a man’s world.
Fishnet Stockings Over Heavily Distressed Denim
Girls into grunge will love this aesthetic as it’s laidback but packs a punch. It may look too basic but, coupled with really dark hair, an oversized shirt, and platform boots, you can strut and look fashionable in it.
Take the Pastel Grunge Route
Blending a few grunge items with a few of your pastel-colored and soft-hued pieces of clothing, you can be fashionably toned-down grunge. This style is for someone seeping their way through the movement but doesn’t want to do it drastically. Try it with a short pastel plaid dress over all-black innerwear and fishnet stockings, and complete the look with calf-high leather boots with metallic trims.
Try Indie Grunge Style
Trying on the Indie grunge fashion style will make you look like you’re ready to rock Woodstock with your friends. Unhemmed black short shorts paired with a graphic tee pulled into a knot on one side, denim jacket, dark glasses, and a wide-brimmed hat will complete your look. Indie grunge style represents the roadies and the sidekicks and those who know the goings-on with the band, and you can don the look and appear to be in the know with specific items that might already be in your closet.
Rock the Vintage Grunge Look
Mixing your new grunge pieces with stuff you find on vintage and thrift shops could help you achieve this popular aesthetic. Pair a long skirt with an oversized dark sweater pulled down on one shoulder to reveal a little skin and accessorize with silver rings, necklaces, and chains. Layering and opposing items in styling will give the vintage and chic grunge style look.
Don the 90s Grunge Look
The most common and widely seen grunge style is inspired by the decade grunge was at its height, the 90s. Achieve the look with oversized flannel shirts over graphic tees paired with ripped jeans and combat boots styled with streaks of color on your hair, dark lipstick, a few face piercings, and tattoos in the right places. To put it simply, think Avril Lavigne on the red carpet.
Think Cute Grunge
Edgy but charming? That’s cute grunge for you. Adding a few kawaii-inspired items to your ensemble will add a notch to its cuteness level. Combine the sharp, dark look of a leather belt with studs and chains to a super short plaid skirt like Sailor Moon and put your hair up into two high ponytails, and you’re cute but grunge enough. What more if you pair it with knee-high pink or red boots? You’ll look like you’re going to a Cosplay or a Comic-Con event in style, grunge style, that is.
Choosing a style aesthetic inspired by a music genre, movement, or era can be easily achieved with a bit of creativity and resourcefulness. Embracing the concept should be easy with just a little research.
Grunge, they say, is making a comeback; actually, it never left if one would ask the experts, it’s just hiding and waiting for the right opportunity to crawl back to the mainstream. And if your hands are itching to get into it, the easiest way is to have custom-made shirts of your favorite grunge bands.