WHAT TO WEAR: Taking The Grunge

Across the country, millions of university students dragged themselves back to class this month. And while I’m sure we’re all excited to get back to filling our heads with that high-priced knowledge, actually getting out of bed for a three-hour morning lecture is exhausting just to think about. But thankfully we Fashionista/os have an option.

If, like me, you’re torn between the desire to sleep in and the desire to look fashionable, a trend from the ’90s has reemerged over the past couple of years to save our lazy souls. When you find yourself short on time getting dressed this semester, think grunge. Flannels mixed with heavy, distressed denims and plain T-shirts are effortless, stylish and more importantly, comfy go-tos for any student facing the horrors of an 8:00 a.m. class.

While grunge was one of the defining fashion trends of the ’90s, its popularity was short-lived. Fashion critics and consumers alike weren’t fans of the trend and when sales began to drop, grunge began to disappear. But after a decidedly un-grunge decade in the aughts, the look started to slowly reappear in high fashion and on the streets around five years ago. Currently, fashion’s love of the ’90s is in full swing and it’s never been a better time to take a note from the decade that favored comfort.

This Fashionisto was spotted leaving his first class of the day, keeping his spin on grunge casual and chic. Seen here wearing an off-white sweater and distressed denim shorts (which he made himself), he’s also tied a large, yellow and grey plaid shirt around his waist, wearing it long to give the effect of a kilt from behind. He accessorized with a long pendant and black leather, studded oxfords to give the look more of a McQ vibe than a Cobain one. Topped off with a pair of navy blue horn-rimmed sunnies and an Yves Saint Laurent-esque black leather tote, this Fashionisto is ready to hit the books in style.