Grungecore may be traced back to the 1980s and 1990s, when the rock and punk aesthetics were immensely popular. Given the cyclical nature of fashion, it’s not surprising to see grunge styles resurfacing now, much like the Y2K trend.
Grunge clothes are the most uncomplicated to style because there are only a few elements involved. However, there are a few categories that fit under the grunge umbrella, making grunge the most flexible of all the styles.
When we think about grunge, we think about dark, vampy, mostly plaid ensembles – and a lot of skinny jeans. But, thanks to its versatility, the grunge style can be worn in any way or form, and it wouldn’t take away from the grunginess. If you wish to follow the grunge style, get to know some of the categories that belong to it – before trying them on for size.
We have to mention the OG style of grunge – the 90’s. This category of grunge is the easiest to achieve for its minimalist, yet loud look. Of course, it’s not grunge without a bold-coloured plaid with combat boots to pair. A simple, chic look that screams grunge from a mile away.
Contrasting pastels with a darker, vampier aesthetic will make your grunge look appear more modern, with a touch of softness. Pastels, ranging from lilac to baby blue, will stand out against the darker tones on your ensemble. If you have loads of pastels in your wardrobe, then this grunge style might elevate your look to a another level.
Much like the pastels, a soft grunge look is taking a more feminine approach to grunge by adding softer elements to the grunge ensemble, like a dress with floral motifs. Again, pairing that with tougher aesthetics, like combat boots and a harness (as per the picture above) will make elements of your look clash with each other – but in a fabulous way.
Going full-on hardcore with grunge is the best way to amp up your look. To do so, pile on accessories like leather harnesses on your ensemble to give your look a more dominatrix vibe. Leather harnesses can instantly make your look go from soft to punk in a snap, and it’s the best way to go big on grunge.
Using camouflage in grunge is not that rare, but it’s not used as much as plaid is. Camouflage – much like combat boots – is a harder style, that goes well with grunge aesthetic. Although it may be borderline military to pair camouflage with boots, the best part of going grunge is not giving a f***!
Not all of us like to flaunt our bodies – which is totally understandable, because same. Which is why baggy and oversized garments are the best, especially for their comfort. You can totally do grunge with oversized clothing, and it’ll work just fine. Of course, darker hues are emphasised with this look, so opt for those colours for maximum grunge impact.
Every fashion style needs a pop of colour – a bright pop of colour, if you will. Incorporating neon to your look not only makes you feel like a main character, but adds another layer to grunge, making it more contemporary. Anything neon with black is the ideal combo to make the perfect fit for your day. Never be scared of seeing neon as a bright colour which can make your day in an instant.
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