Grunge fashion is back in style and it’s not going away anytime soon. That’s right, the hipster fashion faux-pas of the ’90s have become cool again, and for good reason. Grunge fashion offers everything you need for a casual look: high-waisted ripped jeans, flannel shirts or tattered T-shirts, combat boots, and grungy jewelry. This article will teach you how to put together your own grungy streetwear look with inspiration from some of our favorite brands.
The History of Grunge Fashion
Taking a dive into the history of grunge fashion, it originated in the ’80s in the midst of the Seattle Grunge movement. Grunge fashion is characterized by worn, torn clothes, skulls and skeletons, flannel shirts (that are not exclusively worn by lumberjacks), combat boots, and grungy jewelry. With grunge fashion’s revival in the late 2000s and early 2010s, streetwear designers have been producing brand new styles of clothing for a more modern and chic take on grunge fashion. In the modern-day, the grunge style is being worn in different ways. For example, it can be worn as a fearless fashion look, as part of a casual look that’s thrown into your wardrobe with ease, and as an alternative form of streetwear. There are so many different looks that are associated with grunge fashion: grunge-chic, Americana-inspired, or pared down any other way you want to put it.
Other casual clothing items included in a grunge closet are flannel shirts or graphic T-shirts. Tees that feature graphics are also great for this look, as they will help you stand out from the crowd. A flannel shirt with a graphic on the chest is another simple, and also comfortable, way to show your grungy tendencies. Some examples are graphic tees that you can style any season are seen below.
The first grunge tee is a black and white one. It’s a simple tee, with the graphic of a techwear design. Black can be essential for any grunge fashion look, so using a black tee is the ideal selection. The second tee is a vintage shirt with a graphic design. This T-shirt design is of Marvel’s Black Panther shirt, which also makes for a great streetwear tee. Finally, the third garment is a graphic grunge shirt that is made with a retro Coca-Cola design. Wearing any of these shirts with ripped jeans and combat boots, grunge fashion is a thoughtful casual look.
Often worn underneath a graphic tee, a long sleeves T-shirt will look even better with your ripped pants, as well as offer a warmer layer in colder weather. Other than practicality, picking out a long sleeves shirt for your grunge closet will be a style statement as well. If you are having a hard time deciding which long sleeve shirt to choose, here is a great example of mixed prints & textures that will work for your style.
Made by the Hanes brand the first long sleeves is an all-black one. If you’re unsure of the black color working with your grunge wardrobe, Keep in mind that the black color is versatile and will go with just about anything. The second long sleeves tee option is a dark green tone. This shirt has a vintage look as it adds a bit off-color to the white or black T-shirt. The third long sleeves shirt is a striped design. It’s a textured shirt with an abstract print. This shirt can be worn in winter or for springtime and can work very well with your grunge future streetwear look.
The most important item you need for your grunge streetwear look is a pair of quality jeans. Being a garment that can be worn five days a week — and even more, if the weather is bad — it’s important to choose a pair that will last. The best way to make sure your jeans will fit you well is to get a stretchy pair of grunge pants. Ripped jeans, high-waisted, and wide jeans are some of the popular styles right now. In addition, distressed jeans are another staple of the grunge look, but be sure to, try and find a pair of ripped jeans that have holes in the knees or thighs. Take a glance at a couple of grunge jeans we have picked out below.
Though the first paints are not jeans, these yellow plaid tartan pants are just as stylish for a grunge aesthetic. The yellow color is a great choice for any casual outfit as it, along with the tartan, will make any outfit pop. In addition, the deep pockets in these pants are helpful for storing everyday objects. The second pair of grunge pants are dark blue in color and have a faded tone that makes them more grunge-like. Made as wide and high-waisted jeans, they are a great alternative to your stylistic jeans. Lastly, going with the distorted look, the third pair of jeans is a ripped style that is very in vogue right now.
For shoes, combat boots will never go out of style. A pair of combat boots are the perfect addition to your grunge look since they offer casual functionality and don’t overpower a fitted look. They can also be worn with more outfits, making them an easy choice to round out your wardrobe. Combat boots are one of the most effective ways to create a rugged look for women’s casual clothes. With these kicks, you can take any outfit from classic to grungy very easily. First created by the military during World War II, combat boots have been popular ever since. The boots shown below are just a couple of choices we recommend you go for.
Made by the well-known Dr. Martens brand, the first combat boots are a classic in the world of combat boots. This pair is made with a variety of materials, which give the boots their unique appearance. The second pair of combat boots are also black in color and have a thick heel sole, giving them an edgy look. Lastly, coming back with Dr. Martens, we halve a glossier alternative to the usual combat boot. The shine adds a bit of sparkle to the already stylish boots.