FASHION FROM ABROAD: ’90s Grunge Revitalized

Fashion From Abroad

In the early 1990s, grunge-fashion was taking the world by storm. But it wasn’t until 1992, when Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis debuted his “grunge-style” line of flannels, thermals, and Dr. Martens that headlines began shouting that grunge had become glam. Here we are 20 years later, and this is one sentiment that this Fashionista still believes in.

Her look embodies everything that the grunge movement of the 90s was about. These are the clothes that your friends wear, and they aren’t perfect. In fact when Jacobs debuted his line critics claimed that his dresses looked like they were from a second-hand store but had a runway price ticket. But what was so revolutionary about his line was that it showed women that they did not need to conform to one style, or be defined by a certain type of fashion. That was what I liked most about this Fashionista, that in a sea of chic European style, she decided to dress outside of the box.

Looking back at Marc Jacob’s runway shots from that show, layering was a huge part of the grunge movement, and this Fashionista did just that. I loved the feminine qualities of her floral romper, but loved even more that she roughed them up by adding a pair of black tights underneath with a pair of rugged Dr. Martens.  The combination creates just enough contrast without causing a clash. It was still grunge, but much more contemporary than the looks of 20 years ago. Then to top of the contemporary aspects, she added a denim shirt on top—rather than the traditional flannel—a pair of beautiful circle shades, and a wool scarf. I love the ease of this look and the message it sends– that grunge and all that it meant for fashion in the '90s is still alive.


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