Smells Like Grunge Spirit

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Johanna Payton

grunge trendCards on the table – I love grunge. I appreciate the laidback ethos, I love the music and (probably because I’m a goth at heart) I adore the fashion.

Although grunge started life in the early 90s, it has regularly played a part in fashion ever since. Appealing to men and women, it is glam without trying too hard; it is effortless fashion with a decidedly casual heart; it has a shed load of attitude.

This season it is back with a vengeance and, for the ladies, there is a new, feminine twist – classic grunge shapes, separates and knits are being seamlessly blended with iconic deco designs from the 20s, 50s and 60s. If you thought an oversized cardigan couldn’t work with a contrasting turban think again. This is grown-up grunge like we’ve never seen it before.

Getting grunge exactly right this season is about mixing the staple boyfriend style so closely associated with grunge with glamorous, statement pieces from older eras. For example, teaming Urban Outfitters’ faded work shirt with the grey, velvet-finish maxi skirt by Warehouse is ideal for winter work wear.

For more casual/smart clashes that look great day after day, wear Cheap Monday’s Rozetta sweater with Joseph Leather Leggings, and Urban Outfitters grunge check shirt looks fab with Rare’s pleated chiffon skirt.

If a boho take on the grunge look works for you, try boohoo’s polka dot palazzo pants with the faux leather studded jacket, also by boohoo.

Going-out-wise, faux fur has always been a grunge favourite and you could wear the patchwork faux fur jacket by ASOS with Topshop’s aqua blue velvet halter dress for a party look Courtney Love would be proud of (don’t forget the bright red lippy). The faux fox fur coat from ASOS would also look stunning with the Sportmax tie neck dress and high Carvela heels.

Guys have plenty of grunge options to choose from too; Firetrap’s misfit cardigan is a classic and can be brought right up to date with a pair of slim-fit chinos; a fitted blazer with low-slung jeans will give off the casual/smart grunge vibe; or slip on a timeless parka for the eternal grunge effect.

Party Grunge

grunge party wear trend

Shop The Look: Topshop glitter spot velvet dress £45, Elizabeth and James textured sandals £162.25, Donna Karan printed silk dress £663.75, Debut faux fur shrug £40, All Saints bleach python tee £65.


Grown-Up Grunge

grown up grunge trendShop The Look: Republic crafted grunge stripe jumper £20,  Kurt Geiger Jada platforms £45,  Miss Selfridge crochet maxi skirt £34, Topshop faux fur biker jacket £78,  All Saints Nirvana dress £165.

Grunge For Guys

grunge for guys trendShop The Look: Barbour Wandered distressed cotton jacket £270, Topshop mohair crew neck jumper £32, All Saints Code Merino cardigan £80, Bertie Vaster casual trainer £37, All Saints Encrypt Ring £85.

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