Grunge is an awesome fashion sense that was very popular during the 80s and 90s when bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam were on everyone’s lips. It’s essentially an alternative style that includes oversized clothes, dark colours and a sense of quirkiness that varies from each individual. It’s a kind of style that will never not work, because there’s always an occasion to dress grunge.
If you’d like to try the style out and see if it’s for you, here’s what you’ll need.
There are many different styles of women’s shoes that all work for the grunge vibe. Whether that be boots, lace ups, or block heels, you have a whole variety to choose from so they can work around your outfit. A very common shoe though is the chunky ankle boot. The bulkier they are, the better. Colours are usually black, but another common shade is burgundy, and the material tends to be leather to keep up with the rock ‘n’ roll vibe.
You can’t go wrong with a leather jacket. They can be thrown over absolutely anything and will always look amazing. They are such an easy accessory to wear, and yet there are so much to choose between. Some are plain, some have studs, some have buckles, some have fringe, and some are textured – so take your pick.
Whether you opt for some boyfriend jeans or distressed shorts, make sure they look worn and aged – that’s the key. You can buy them like this, or if you have some old jeans that you don’t mind messing with, you can create this effect yourself. All you need is a pair of scissors, sandpaper, and bleach. Essentially all you need to do is scratch and scrub until you’re happy with the effect.
Fishnets are awesome, and they go with some much. Them in itself can change an outfit from casual to grunge. If you’re wearing a dress or a skirt and feel like it’s too ‘ordinary’ – throw on some fishnets. Even if you’re wearing jeans you can throw some on. This was a big trend that took over last year – getting ripped jeans, and wearing fishnets underneath them, not only so they’re visible through the holes, but also pulling them up so they’re high around the waist.
Jewellery is a beautiful way of accessorising and adding the final touches to an outfit. Wearing multiple rings is a good look, so maybe two or three on just one finger, and then scattering more on others. Chokers are also a lovely fashion statement. If you’re feeling creative, you can even try attaching a couple of chains into the loops of your belt holes, or sewing on funky patches to customise your clothes if there are any areas you think need a little more attention.
Now you have the basics – get shopping. Charity shops are an excellent place to look for hidden gems, especially within the grunge department. Have a look at what you have in your wardrobe too though, as you may be surprised with what a little mixing and matching can achieve.