Perhaps as iconic as the early ‘90s Seattle grunge scene was the fashion that came with it. The ripped stonewashed denim, inexpensive thrift-store look and heavy layering was iconic to the age, but even more so was the plaid flannel shirt. While the dark Seattle grunge style first came about as a rejection of 1980s capital excess, the look has since been popularized both on the runway and in retail fashion. Designers like Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs have famously incorporated the unkempt grunge aesthetic with high-end designer fashion, and spring 2013 shows likewise featured and reinvented the plaid shirt. In women’s fashion, Dries Van Noten balanced heavy plaids with lighter florals for a softer and more feminine modern grunge look, while Duckie Brown’s men’s spring 2013 collection was heavily inspired by the brighter colors of plaid associated with the punk movement.
This Fashionisto was spotted likewise channeling his inner Kurt Cobain in a look that channeled the iconic ‘90s while still remaining modern. While pairing his charcoal gray and maroon plaid shirt with blue stonewashed jeans the outfit stayed typical of grunge fashion, but by also pairing the look with boat shoes and a shirt with an oversized collar, this Fashionisto revamped the grunge look into one that was reminiscent of the ‘90s scene without looking outdated or unkempt. The cut of his jeans likewise offered a modern update to the denim typical to the ‘90s, as his tightly fitting pants offered an alternative to the classic baggy and frayed look.
To get this look, try, for example, pairing this AllSaints Champlain Shirt with their Byron Cigarette Jeans and Avern Leather Jacket. John Varvatos likewise offers men’s accessories, like this two-toned beanie and calf skin boot, that channel the same ‘90s grunge vibe.