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The 90′s grunge fashion never really died so much as it decomposed which is why it is no shock to see it back and bigger than ever. When Kurt Cobain and Nirvana topped the charts straight out of the Seattle underground it wasn’t just their music that caught attention, it was their look. It was the long sleeved shirts that looked they were adult sized Garanimals (for those old enough to remember them), and jeans that looked like they not only never saw a laundering, but probably hadn’t. Beyond that it was the attitude that was worn with the obligatory grunge gear that made this a fashion trend destined to return.
Grunge is more than just looking like you slept in your clothes the past month, it truly is a style that comes with certain rules. Grunge is not about wearing anything new, and true grunge is definitely not going to settle for those $100 or more “distressed” jeans and faded shirts made for those too lazy to break in their clothes. Sure some may say that is all a part of the evolution of the trend, but to anyone old enough to have lived 90′s grunge it’s as much a joke as topping off the look with a Van Dutch hat. It just doesn’t work.
The ideal grunge outfit starting at the top begins with a tee shirt, preferably something white, and if it has a goofy slogan from the 70′s on it all the better. That part doesn’t matter too much though because it will rarely be seen as a long sleeved shirt tops it. Something with horizontal stripes works, split pea soup colors wear all the rage. Anything with day glo is forbidden. If you aren’t fond of the pullover style shirt you can go with a flannel button up, worn open or closed. For real bonus points wear the pullover short over the tee shirt, and then tie off the sleeves of a flannel shirt around your waist, but be sure to keep it looking sloppy. A denim jacket can work for some people, but it should be Levi’s and it should be well worn and stained.
Heading south many grunge aficionados were fans of ditching the underwear, but that is totally a personal choice. The pants should be blue jeans or knee length shorts that are jeans cut offs. Stick to blue and black denim, the more faded and messed up the better. If you opt for a belt, which you should, it should be a prominent black leather belt, none of that skinny belt business will suffice.
The socks if worn can be anything including old beat up argyles. This is one area where anything goes. The choice of footwear can be dicey and there is always disagreement here. Some will say the choice has to be Converse All Star Chuck Taylors, low or high top is fine. The colors can be any offered as Chuck’s flat out rock! Work boots are almost in a dead heat and they should look like they really have been worn to work, not that mess where you leave the tags on so everyone can see what you paid for them. Sebagos are acceptable, but only if they are a few years old, beaten down, and you actually are near the water so their is some reason you may legitimately be wearing them.
The above can be worn by men or women equally well without raising an eyebrow. So far as womens grunge goes the choices are little different and less androgynous, unless you’re Dave Grohl and can pull off anything. Think Courtney love in that not grungy grunge, but not quite heroin chic look. Ratty baby dolls, red heels, and for all that is holy, no stockings! Ideally you want a look that is borderline Lolita, borderline strung out hooker. it is a fine line to walk but it can be done. When it is done properly it really is disarming in a very cool sexy way. Your outfit should look thrown together you like have no concept of taboo. This is the perfect time to wear the shades of makeup that would usually be off limits. Fire engine red lipstick with pale skin, too much mascara, and jewelry that looks like it came out of a quarter vending machine, even a candy ring pop if it fits your finger.
The biggest thing to remember about grunge if you want to stay true to the 90′s look is to keep it real. Break in your own clothes and earn those tears and stains. Wear the attitude with whatever covers your body because otherwise it just isn’t going to look right. Most of all be comfortable in whatever you wear and your skin, ultimately that is what is most important, and grunge isn’t really a look for everyone.