STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Style Advice of the Week

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the grunge look of the ‘90s really took off. The ‘90s were a great time for both music and fashion, and I couldn’t be more excited that the now iconic style made popular by the likes of Kurt Cobain are making a comeback.

I spotted this Fashionista snapping pictures and immediately felt compelled to get a closer look at her outfit. What initially stood out to me were here leggings. While mixing two busy prints can usually be tricky, this Fashionista makes it work. She juxtaposes her rose printed leggings with the flower print of the most awesome pair of Dr. Marten’s I’ve ever seen. On her top half she sports a baggy, black T-shirt with the sleeves ripped off underneath an oversized denim jacket with amazing back detail.

Since layering is a huge part of this trend, it’s the perfect look for winter. You can achieve this Fashionista’s style with a few essential pieces. Printed leggings are a fun alternative to plain tights and can add some visual interest to your ensemble. Urban Outfitters has a huge selection of leggings with different designs on them. An oversized flannel and jean jacket are great ways to layer and stay warm this winter. You can find these pieces at almost any store, but I highly recommend getting them from a thrift shop. It gives your outfit more character and what better way to rock a ‘90s look than with clothes that were actually made in the ‘90s?! Finish off with a pair of butt-kicking Dr. Martens and a blasé attitude to really complete your look.

I hope you all are having a wonderful and stylish winter break and I’ll see you next year!
 

 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Smells Like Teen Spirit

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The '90s was all about dancing to Nirvana’s "Smell’s Like Teen Spirit" with a languid expression à la Clare Danes from My So Called Life. It was all about angst, individuality and underground grunge fashion. The neon brights of the '80s had been outshone by Cobain’s soundtrack of dark and intense lyrics that called for a spectrum of reds, greens, browns and blacks — all complemented with a pair of beat up stonewashed denims. It was a youth culture that was "so whatever," yet their seemingly whatever styling was in fact a cleverly intricate design that was so conscious of itself and its creator that individuality became somewhat seeped in irony. Grunge music and fashion had become mainstream by the mid-'90s and with the loss of it’s signature soundtrack, grunge had become a distant memory by the turn of the century. Yet as we reached our first decade of the noughties we began to stop the incesant need to make new and returned once again to the glory of times gone by; one of which became the return of grunge fashion.

As always it was celebrities such as Kate Moss, Agyness Deyn and Mary-Kate Olson who sported the look, yet the runway was first on the bandwagon. Alexander McQueen’s A/W '10 collection showcased its signature tartan patterns with a '90s twist that saw layered shirts, oversized striped knits and Chelsea boots take to the catwalk. Grunge had returned and it was only a matter of time before high street would sit up and take notice.

Topshop were the first to follow suit and this week’s Fashionista dressed head to toe (despite her signature '90s Dr. Martens) in high street store’s collection. The look is every inch the '90s grunge trend with an updated hint of structured femininity. The rough texture of the distressed denim and the masculine chunky boots are all products of the grunge era, yet the look is offset by the light texture of the blouse, the soft feminine styled hair and the stained lip. The look is in total grunge with a modern feminine twist; this is grunge dressing without the grime.

The vintage style shorts have become one Topshop’s best selling trends and this Fashionista’s pair come from last season’s lookbook. There are, however, almost twenty different stonewashed styles to chose from on the website and here are a few favourites of mine, including an embellished pair that only went live five days ago! The peace sign scarf is again from Topshop, but again is not available in stores, but I did find this alternative and almost identical scarf on the American fashion and beauty site Kaboodle for just $19.00. The sleevless blouse has been restyled this season with an on-trend tie front and a scalloped edged style. For some authentic Docs go to their website and choose from modern takes on the classic boot or be altogether vintage and skip straight to their originals collection.

Grunge music may still be waiting in the wings to make a comeback, but grunge fashion is in no way another forgotten '90s trend

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