Grunge. Grunge? Grunge! Everybody talks about the so-called “marginal chic” as if it is not a last-century’s fad. Indeed, it is not. Years after popularization, grunge style is still fancy, becoming, and totally fashion-forward.

Born as a protest against the material culture and everything glamorous, grunge has freed people to wear what they found comfortable and beautiful, regardless of current fashion fads. If you are the same way and wish to be treated by the way you act, not dress, grunge is definitely for you.

Today’s grunge is no longer greasy and shabby, brand-new clothes from River Island, Forever 21, Opening Ceremony, or Betsey Johnson can be as grunge as a threadbare second-hand flannel shirt. Grunge became so popular that many stores started mass-producing intentionally ripped jeans, stained tees, and the like. These pieces look quite authentic.


The main characteristics of grunge style are non-matching layers, lack of flashy stones, sequins, or anything even remotely glamorous, preferably heavy leather boots, overall mess. Thanks to Marc Jacobs, grunge has made it to the runways. And as ironic as it sounds, grunge has been glammed up.

Metal accessories are a must, they speak the style of their owner, be it a female or a male. Headwear is limited to knitted beanies and bandanas worn as hair bands.