Grunge Girl Summer : Embracing fashion’s dark side

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Summer is right around the corner. Fashion enthusiasts are used to welcoming the re-emergence of gingham prints, light cotton, and airy linens; however, fans of airy summer looks may be somewhat disappointed this year as grunge girl glam is making its way into the fashion spotlight.اضافة اعلان

Grunge fashion came into existence in the 1980s–90s and is characterized by flannel shirts, ripped jeans, and floral dresses paired with heavy boots.

As is the case with many fashion sub-genres, grunge emerged thanks to the converging influences of music, politics, and philosophy, thus representing a younger generation that resented the idolization of money and social class.

The original grunge generation were seen as rebels of their time, shunning mainstream fashion in favor of subversive looks. Several celebrities who continue to hold great influence today first came to prominence during the original grunge years, some of whom you will certainly know.

Arguably, the most famous couple to come out of the period were Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole, the most rock-n-roll of couples. Love was instantly recognizable for her ability to effortlessly merge old Hollywood glamor with standard grunge, pairing silk baby doll dresses with bejeweled crowns, unkempt hair, and a crisp red lip.

But grunge is currently undergoing a 21st century revamp. Massively influential celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian, Megan Fox, and their respective partners have been adopting gothic-grunge aesthetics, helping them carve their own niche on the fashion stage.

While gothic and grunge fashions are two distinctive categories — characterized by differing fashion, music, and art tastes — celebrities and everyday fashion lovers have been drawing influence from both sources of inspiration.

Kardashian, in particular, has undergone a significant image overhaul. In the run-up to her recent wedding with Travis Barker, Kardashian was seen out and about in a gothic black mini-dress and black veil, clearly demonstrating to the world that this look is here to stay.

The combination of religious imagery, black netting, azure trimmings, and the bejeweled tiara was an obvious nod to the influences of the original grunge generation. The look would not have appeared out of place if it were seen on Courtney Love 30 years ago.

Grunge is not solely limited to the newfound love amongst celebrities; the look has also been making its way into the world of high fashion.

Original grunge-goth girl Winona Ryder has recently released a campaign with Marc Jacobs, modeling the new J Marc shoulder bag while sporting a series of grungy looks. In one shot, Ryder is seen wearing a silky slip dress of turquoise and black, paired with chunky heels and black nails. In another, Ryder clasps a fluorescent orange J Marc bag while wearing a long black netted dress and impressively huge gothic platforms.

Although the looks present in this campaign are the work of a stylist, Ryder’s original grunge style has been carefully reimagined for the 21st-century high-fashion stage. The contrasting use of luxury fabrics, fluorescent colors, and fundamentally gothic footwear gives a chic nod to the looks of the 90s.

It’s hard not to be inspired by the growing influence of the rethought grunge. The good news? Grunge glam is fairly easy to achieve.

Layering your garments is a key element of the original grunge look and is well suited to the streets of Amman. Think about pairing long silky slip dresses with long-sleeved cotton t-shirts or wearing baggy leather jackets over delicate lace tops.

Contrast is key, with the essence of grunge being achieved with a combination of classically masculine and feminine garments.

For a more classically laid-back grungy style, look towards the influence of younger celebrities and models such as Bella Hadid and Olivia Rodrigo. Rodrigo has garnered attention for her grunge-influenced look, even butting heads with Courtney Love over perceived similarities between their creative imagery.

However, she provides an excellent example of classic grunge fashion for the modern era — pairing glittery slip minis with heavy boots, often wearing her hair tousled while sporting 90s-inspired choker necklaces.

As grunge was founded on the rejection of capitalist principles, it involves an element of creative thinking and thrifting. While you can pick up pieces that play into grunge fashion from the mall, it is essential to be creative with what you have and think about how to layer and restyle the items in your closet.

Before purchasing something new, first, play around with your current wardrobe, or head to Friday Market or the thrift stores to pick up some vintage pieces.

Friday Market is a haven of vintage American fashions, and you can certainly find oversized tops and battered jeans for an authentically 90s grunge look.

Grunge girl summer is being seen at all levels of the fashion world, and now you know just how to join it. 

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