This season's turn to all things '90s nostalgic has us looking for ways to make that Kurt Cobain aesthetic work beyond the concert venues and the downtown street scene. Think of it as "grown-up grunge," a more sophisticated take on the standout trends that you most closely associate the '90s with — namely plaid, mixed prints, beat-up Converse, ripped denim, and slouchier tied-waist silhouettes. With 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries van Noten's Spring collections providing serious styling inspiration — OK, we also referenced Saint Laurent's Fall '13 lineup, too — we promise this is a grunge look that even the girlier set will want to try. Click through for three ways to wear it now.
This one's for all the girls who prefer a grittier Spring: if lace and eyelet aren't your thing, we suggest you get with this season's other hot trend — '90s grunge. Gisele Bundchen showed off the look to perfection in her Spring ad campaign for Balenciaga, and now we're breaking down our favorite pieces for the warmer months ahead of us. A marled sweatshirt tee from J.Crew, neon green leather skirt from Christopher Kane, dagger bracelet from Fallon . . . and more pieces, and why we love them, in the slideshow.
This look brought us right back to our Nirvana-loving, hacky sack-playing, Doc Marten-wearing high school days. Fab reader Katnani mixes masculine and feminine elements for a '90s grunge outfit that totally rocks. We love the oversize denim shirt and floral leggings. It's like sophomore year all over again, minus the teenage angst.
Congrats to Katnani!
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Some grunge can go wrong, and some grunge can go so right. Can you guess which one Fab reader devorelebeaumonstre pulled off? You got it — grunge gone right! Her disheveled-chic ensemble is right on the mark; the cutoff shorts, plaid shirt, beanie, cross necklace, and lace-up booties mesh extremely well together, don't they? The next time you're considering going grunge, look to this as inspiration.
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looks, and I might feature you on FabSugar!
This week, your challenge was to style me up in an outfit that cleverly combined girly and grunge. I wanted to look feminine with a bit of a rugged edge –– and Fab reader mpom13 totally delivered with her sweet-but-strong ensemble. I love everything about it, from the leather jacket and dramatic dress to the chic driving gloves and badass ankle boots. She covered every last detail right down to the sparkly gold nail polish! There's no doubt about it –– this look is the epitome of girly grunge.
Even though the "girly girl with edge" trend has been going strong for quite some time, I'm loving the fresh spin it's taken this season. The look is great for those style schizophrenia days when you feel like being feminine and tough at the same time. This week, I want you to style me up with a sweet-but-strong look that clashes hard and soft. Think chiffon, leather, and lace –– and don't be shy with accessories. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Being Barrymore isn't so hard after all. Just take a look at how ur_momm copied Drew Barrymore's grungy rocker look. Her gray cardi and dark jeans are a perfect match to Drew's. I also like how her tan booties give a sharp contrast to her gray palette. Rock on, sister.
Here's what she has on:
- Cardi: H&M
- Tee: Unknown
- Jeans: Foxy Jeans
- Shoes: Bronx
Congrats to ur_momm!
Everyone else, submit your looks and I might feature you on FabSugar!
When there's salt, there's pepper. Hot and cold. Light and dark. You catch my drift. In fashion, we are always presented with another side of the coin. If Ice Ice Baby isn't your tune, try watching Tales From the Dark Side.
Some of these designers always cater to the dark lords of fashion — London's Gareth Pugh, Givenchy's Ricardo Tisci. A few just felt like dipping in murky waters for Fall: Julien Macdonald's dark glam rockin' looks and Gucci's fabulous folky getups. Meanwhile, Alexander Wang is proving to be the connoisseur of downtown (dis)taste. But no one told a tall tale like Ann Demeulemeester and her posh tatterdemalions (left).
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At first glimpse, this D&G Dolce & Gabbana Plaid Shirtdress ($545) reminded me of something Paul Bunyan's wife would wear, but after a closer look, I think I kind of like it. The classic plaid is '90s grunge fabulous and the sleek silhouette lends a dressier feel to an otherwise casual textile. Do you agree or should it head back to the woods?
No one does sloppy chic better than Kristen Dunst. Here she is on the streets of SoHo looking '90s grunge fabulous in a loose plaid top, short shorts, and flats.
The plaid top itself screams '90s but leave it to Kirsten to put icing on the cake with her signature Ray-Ban Wayfarers and messy hair. When wearing grunge garb, make sure to keep something loose and something fitted — wrinkles optional!