STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Going Grunge

Style Advice of the Week

Grunge fashion was popularized in the ’90s and continues to stay in vogue with fashion-forward celebrities like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus keeping the trend alive. This style is edgy, rebellious and certainly gives off a punk vibe. Distressed and patched denim, oversized flannels, sleek leather and bold hardware typify the grunge look but the style remains tasteful by sticking to simple designs and colors. When it comes to going grunge, it is all about capitalizing on the color black.

This Fashionista shows how to pull off this look on her college campus by kicking back in all-white Chuck Taylors—a staple for any college student—and pairing them up with this killer outfit. Alternatively, Dr. Martens Airwair combat boots and Jeffrey Campbell biker platforms are popular shoe options that look extra grunge with knee socks or thigh-highs. Her black leather leggings by BLANK NYC and white crop top with a black bandeau underneath, found at LF stores, complement each other and compliment her body. I mean, just look at those abs! If you’re not one to bare midriff, a graphic tee also makes for a good combo.

The denim jacket was bought at a thrift store and later cropped, bleached and frayed. DIY distressed and embellished denim jackets are cheap and pretty easy to accomplish if you put the effort in. I suggest looking online for tutorials on how to properly bleach and distress jean material. To embellish, you can either use an iron or a hot glue gun to attach studs to the cuffs, collars, shoulders and pockets of the jacket. If you know how to use a sewing machine and want to go the extra mile, cut out the back panel of the jacket and replace it with a new fabric such as a colored denim, plaid or lace. No matter how savvy you are in garment construction you won’t be disappointed with the final product.

Of course the look could not be complete without accessorizing. Grunge fashion is very anti-establishment and the accessories reflect that notion. My advice is to invest in some stud earrings, a cross or chain bracelet and a set of stackable rings since they’re wearable with any outfit but look fierce with a chic, grunge ensemble. This Fashionista is wearing a gold ring with a cross cutout, a light blue skull ring, a twisted vine midi ring and an elephant charm necklace for some boho flavor. She tops the outfit off with Ray-Ban shades and a black beanie.

So go wild! Dare to be bold and incorporate grunge style into your outfit. As a finishing touch, pucker up with some nude or red lipstick and use a black liquid liner to create cat eyes. There is no doubt that you will be sure to make a statement and give off an air of being on the cutting edge.

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