Having a boyfriend who is always late when we meet up, I found out I had two choices:

1. Wait for him till I get sucked in a dark abyss of anger, boredom and frustration then throw a shoe at him as soon as he arrives.

2. Calmly go take a look at the shops to see the new stock, what I like, what I don’t and what I can buy (then quickly throw away the receipts and any other evidence so he will not find out).grunge-fashion-5

 

Nearly always, I opt for option number 2. I take my time and check out if there is anything interesting, any tips to recreate a style of a particular era or any new idea of which colours and prints I can mesh together. Having done so just a few days ago, I noticed it seems that grunge is coming back (at least judging by the dark edgy prints). When I see people happily wearing what is considered the latest trend (may it be bohemian, 80’s, grunge and so on), I start getting a slight twitch. Not because I do not like or appreciate but because style..if used properly, can send out a message…it can inspire or it can be made fun of…it can be a thousand words or a silent protest against what people consider as norm. So please do not blame me if I see someone wearing an item just because ‘it’s the latest trend’ when till a few weeks/years ago it was considered a blasphemy (and a lightened matchstick to labeling and stereotyping) and feel my eyes rolling like a hamster who has been given 2 energy drinks.

 

Before I get carried away and forget about the original subject ….I was about to start talking about grunge ‘fashion’. Ripped jeans, low maintenance hair and makeup, laced up Doc Martens boots and plaid shirts. But years ago, grunge wasn’t actually considered as ‘fashion’. Believed to have originated in the United States (Seattle, Washington)  in the early 1990’s, this style actually came out of the financial hardships of the times combined with the regional growth of alternative rock music made popular by bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. It combines inexpensive clothes such as jeans and flannel shirts with elements of punk clothing, bringing out the ‘unkept’ look which as said, was led by music, poverty, apathy and social alienation. You  don’t have to be a fashion guru to catch on the ‘grunge vibe’- as I always say you create your own sense of style. With grunge, here are the essentials..

 

· Flannel shirt: Usually over sized and worn untucked, the flannel shirt is one of the most recognized elements of grunge (and a personal favorite).

· Layers of tops: Essential for someone like me who feels so cold in winter people start mistaking me for a walking snowman.

 

· Ripped denim: The more ripped and faded, the better!

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· Flowery cotton dresses: Comfortable and pretty, usually worn with heavy combat boots or doctor martens.

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Hoodies: Oh come on…any excuse is good to wear one!

 

· Shoes: Doc Martens, combat boots and worn out sneakers.

Accessories: Beanies, dangly items on your wrist, punk net tights (don’t throw away tights just because they have a hole or two..they’re awesome with this style!).

· Hair and makeup: Low maintenance! With regards to makeup my personal favorites are bright red lipstick, eyeliner and lots of mascara!

 

· Attitude: Keep your head up high and do…not…give…a crap….about what people think! It’s your style, your life, your rules.

 

So there you go! With grunge, you don’t need to be perfectly fashionable or buy expensive designer clothing! Thrift shops and charity shops might also be of  great help though in reality you just need a good eye and a lot of self confidence and creativity. Do not be afraid to stand out from the crowd and most of all, do not be afraid to be yourself- even if there will be times where you will be laughed at for the silliest of reasons. As the great Kurt Cobain of Nirvana once said..

“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not”

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Author: Alexia Micallef

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