STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Grunge Aspirations

Style Advice of the Week

Things I can’t pull off: beanies. You have no idea how many beanies I’ve returned from ALDO, ASOS and Urban Outfitters. I’m just convinced my head is too big or my face is too small. In other words, I’ll reference Soulja Boy. I can’t turn my swag on.

Despite my efforts to be grunge, my cool factor remains at a two in a 10 point scale. I’m a 5′ 1″ Asian girl currently wearing an oversized cream sweater and loose lace shorts, paired with eyelash printed loafers and argyle socks. Yes, you see I can’t be “bad.” I am currently asking myself, can I transform my style like Grease’s Sandy Olsen? Do I need to find me a greaser like Danny Zuko?

Moreover, I can’t pinpoint why being grunge conveys a sort of mysterious coolness. Look to the stereotypical French image. On one hand is a cigarette and the other is a cup of coffee. I can’t help think what’s their story?

As I was inherently talking to myself and trying to be cool, I found this Fashionista walking on campus. Although she was in a hurry, I’m so glad I snapped her photo. Wearing a striped button up flannel with a gray tee underneath, she accessorized her look with a gray texturized beanie, old-fashioned inspired sunglasses and two-toned Vans.

Taking a cue from this Fashionista, the next day I wore a loose flannel with polka dot printed tights and black studded combat boots. Why not put on a show? I even put on dramatic winged liner and gold accents at the corners of my eyes. Although I will probably never convey a cool mysterious vibe, I can take little inspirations to incorporate into my style. However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect beanie. I’m trying for a quirky grunge look, because well, why not?


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