When I was young, I remember my parents and their friends pointing out current trends that were also fashionable when they were younger. My mom would see a top in a store and say, “I had a top just like that in high school!” Now I’m in the same boat where I’ve been alive long enough to see trends cycle back through, and grunge is unfortunately one of them. The dark hues and distressed pieces are back!
Happily, when a trend resurfaces, it usually modernized in some way and isn’t always as horrible as you remember. And this seems to be the case with the grunge trend. I wasn’t thrilled to re-live this phase, but it turns out that I’m loving some of the “grungy” pieces that are showing up in stores!
Also, remember, the best way to wear these pieces is to pair them with modern, more feminine pieces so you can incorporate the trends without looking like you walked straight out of the 90s. Moderation is key!
Check out these six grungy pieces I’m currently loving, and how I would style them:
6 Ways to Wear the Grunge Trend 1 of 7
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Distressed Denim 2 of 7
Distressed denim is back in a huge way. Keeping the distressing fairly minimal, and on jeans that are fitted as opposed to oversized, is the most flattering way to wear this trend. Pair them with a belt, oversized sweater, and booties for a pretty look, with just a touch of grunge.
Find these at American Eagle for $29.99 (on sale!)
Dark Boots 3 of 7
Tall black laced up boots were big in the 90s, and although you can certainly find those in stores today, this style of shorter booties in a lighter color and with multiple buckles is much more modern. Pair them with a flowy dress for a pretty contemporary look and a nice contrast.
Find these on Amazon for $59.99.
Plaid Button Up 4 of 7
The oversized plaid button ups were hugely popular in the 9's. Many people wore them open, or tied around their waist, so try it buttoned up and with a big sparkly necklace to make it modern and pretty.
Find it at Forever 21 for $22.80.
Dark Graphic Tees 5 of 7
If you take a look back at the 90s, black and gray graphic tees were everywhere. This time they've resurfacing with quite a bit more color, but a cool gray Beatles tee certainly still has a place. Pair it with a pencil skirt or jeans, heels and lipstick for a touch of grunge.
Find it at Target for $12.99.
Round Glasses 6 of 7
I know the round glasses trend is not specific to grunge, but they are often paired with the look. I like these ones because they have the little cat-eye piece on the side, which keeps them from looking too Benjamin Franklin. I would wear these with everything and anything. They're universally flattering to your whole wardrobe!
Find them at Urban Outfitters for $16.
Leather and Denim 7 of 7
Black leather jackets and oversized denim jackets were big in the 90s, and the look is modernized here with the combo of both together at the same time. Keeping the jacket fitted is key to keeping the look modern, and then it can be paired with almost anything to add a little grungy feel to the outfit without looking grungy at all. It's especially pretty paired with a lace top, like the model has done here.
Find it at Express for $98.
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