How To Get Your Grunge On This Summer

On the catwalks, the red carpets and at this year’s celebrity Coachella music festival – which always sets the benchmark for the hottest festival looks of the upcoming summer–  there seemed to be a resurgence of a look that that some of us (i.e. those over 18 years old) might remember from a different era. The look which seems to be back in fashion in a really big way is 90s grunge, but don’t worry – you don’t have to die your hair green and throw on a giant pair of battered combat boots to jump on board.  The 2013 take on 90s grunge is much subtler, and also a lot sexier.

Here’s what you need to know to rock the 90s grunge inspired look this summer:

  • It’s all about the mix. The key to the grunge look, as with any other unique, interesting style, is to mix up different patterns, textures and styles. Experiment with layering, playing masculine and feminine off each other and team florals with ripped tights and hard-edged punky accessories or leather with chiffon.
  • Polish up your look for a modern update.  2013’s grunge look is more luxe than it ever was in the 1990s, so you can afford to look a bit more polished. This means that you don’t have to wear pieces that are ripped, worn and look decades old (although one or two won’t go amiss if you want an authentic grunge look). The modern grunge looks also lets you do something smart with your hair, as well as adding cute accessories and girly heels.
  • If you’ve got the confidence, dare to bare in a crop top. The 90s-style crop top has come back in 2013 in a really big way, being championed everywhere from the catwalks and red carpets. Stars and fashion fans such as Rita Ora, Diane Kruger, Lana Del Rey, Rihanna and Kristen Stewart (the latter of whom has really mastered the modern grunge look, so make Kristen your new grunge style icon!) have all been spotted in crop tops, usually worn with high-waisted jeans or skirts. You don’t have to show everything off in crop top; in fact, the sexiest looks are those where only an inch of waist or midriff is visible.
  • Let your tees and sweatshirts do the talking. Another great look 2013 has harvested from the 1990s is the slogan tee, which have been given a sassy update for this season. If you want to rock 90s grunge, make women’s sweat tops or tees bearing a bold or provocative slogan a staple of your wardrobe.
  • Lace-up boots, patterned tights, knee-high socks and plenty of plaid are all staples of the grunge look. For a modern twist, however, you should avoid wearing these staples all at once. 2013’s grunge look is about adding touches of the style to your outfit, not wearing it head to toe.
  • Go for vintage-looking jewellery. Steampunk and vintage jewellery styles both have a grungy edge, so look for mechanical or industrial looking pieces, as well as metal and wooden jewellery.

Christine Felton is a writer at Fashion Union provider of on trend women’s clothing in the UK.

How To Get Your Grunge On This Summer

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