Originally, in the 1980s-1990s grunge fashion style preferred cheap easy-to-get clothes, suitable for everyone who liked that grimy, dark and depressive aesthetic. Feminine as well as masculine fashion was bound to include such elements of clothing as chokers, ripped jeans and/or sweaters, chains, flannel oversized shirts and as a matter of fact anything comfortable yet fashionable and “cool” to wear.
21st century became a very prominent base for new forms and subgenres of Grunge as this vast subculture that we know and love. There are some versions – like Punk Grunge, Soft Grunge, Kinderwhore, Comfy Grunge, Hippie Grunge. Almost any aspect and elements of clothing of these variants of Grunge now can be used in an E girl outfit and it wouldn`t look out of place. On the contrary, such diversity and at the same time love of said aesthetic could bring, if desired, such edge and coolness to your style. Also, more about Egirl fashion you can read in another article on our website if you`d feel doing so.
All in all, we can mostly agree that combining different elements of clothing to uphold the general idea of a chosen aesthetic is important. So here we present to you some tips on how to maintain a strong or not so much but still a grunge look.
Punk Grunge. This type of aesthetic pays attention to punk elements in fashion, for instance to piercings
and tattoos as well as decorative chains attached to the clothing or chain accessories. It perfectly combines these two different yet similar styles in one by using analogies in colors, associated tastes in music and a general pursuit of freedom. Also, the same presence of roughness in both Punk and Grunge is more than welcome when choosing this type of outfit or style aesthetic. To wear any sort of jewelry (on ears, neck, hand or face) in an asymmetrical way is very helpful in expressing this same roughness or as we like to call it «grunge coolness» which is never a bad sign in a Grunge aesthetic looks. You can find all sorts of
chained jewelry in our store (from chained belts and necklaces to bracelets and rings with chains).
Soft Grunge refers to now nostalgic times of Tumblr popularity. Due to uncanny similarities between Grunge depressive gloomy aesthetic and the whole feeling of Internet seclusion and overall kawaii aesthetic Tumblr users came up with this pastel but edgy, cute but rebellious fashion and graphic style. It puts together a rough look of combat boots, floral patterns and elements
natural make-up and strong hot but overall cute and ironic vibe. The same unique mood could be found in aesthetically similar E girl outfit.
Kinderwhore style was invented by a woman (Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland) for women. This style expresses innocence in pastel cute and mesh Lolita items, but such innocence that can screw you up. It brings heavy make-up and dark eyeliner to the look which only truly badass babies can handle. The whole image can be topped and only improved with ruggedy painted nails (this tip can be applied to any grungy look). Very sensual mood and freeing feeling of comfortable clothing and self-confidence were supposed to stress the fact that women`s appearance is made for herself and not to appeal others` eyes.
Comfy Grunge establishes the most “effortless”, lazy and mundane look. It manifests simple and comfy
yet true to the Grunge aesthetic concept filled with loose t-shirts with prints of favorite bands on. The looks may be completed with leggings, jean jackets on top, soft oversized dresses and any type of comfy footwear. E girl outfit loving galpals can find something for themselves in this type of Grunge.
Hippie Grunge refers to a natural type of style, embraces clothing full of floral elements, long skirts, chokers and all sorts of cute jewelry.
In light of the above, it`s important to mention some general combinations and outfit possibilities in this aesthetic you can find useful or worth noting.
First but not necessarily foremost idea – layering. It is very common to see in use such combinations as thin long-sleeves with tops or cropped tops over them, sweatshirts under oversized t-shirts, baggy shirts under a t-shirt or any other variant. One cannot have enough layers when it comes to a grungy look. The versatility of layers potential brings on a whole lot of options: simply by adding one element to already completed outfit, you get two outfits in one.
Denim is one of the most iconic details of any grunge outfit or aesthetic. Finding blue vintage jeans or ripped oversized denim pants
can be crucial to creating that distinctive look as well as adding denim jackets and denim skirts. The roughness of listed items of clothing is definitely only increasing that aesthetically right Grunge feeling. Skinny ripped jeans or pants of any stretchy material can also be helpful here and furthermore connect Grunge to more modern fashion trends.
Wearing dark colors or dark-toned hues most likely will set that edgy mood. Moreover, dark colors can highlight or be in contrast with some bright colored items which can be perfect accents in your outfit. To simply match one pop-colored item in your look with another element such as colored sleeve pattern or bright logo of your favorite band on the t-shirt is a go-to move which drastically improves the whole outfit. Modern grungy outfits also tend to use any sort of checkered and striped patterns: it could be either monochrome ones or some contrast colored ones.
Last, but certainly not least, is having a flannel shirt in your wardrobe. This simple yet giving so much vintage and grungy energy clothing item can save or improve one`s look. It can be put on just as it is – over the t-shirt, long-sleeve or any kind of top, - or it can be tied in a knot over the waist which, again, gives the same idea of a rough and edgy look.
All listed forms of Grunge have kind of a dark mood, edgy appearance and feeling of unkemptness in common. Modern waves of Grunge fashion aesthetics are differentiated by many aspects: it can be an influence of original Grunge fashion from the 1960s to 1990s or it can prosper from many “moods” of contemporary pop-culture.
For all these diverse yet the same edgy aesthetics, you can find clothing items in our Normcore store, combine them creating your own Grunge looks or Egirl outfits or follow the lead of the music bands, true to the nature of Grunge. In any case, your original sense of style could not let you down if it comes from the pure enjoyment of dressing up and being your true wonderful self.