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Seven grunge fashion ideas that are simple to create

February 7, 2018


These seven grunge fashion ideas have stood the test of time, and can easily be created as part of your wardrobe. Best of all, they are so relevant – even today!

Seattle_Music_Scene_Exhibit_3,_EMP_Museum By Razvan Orendovici from United States [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Seattle Music Scene Exhibit EMP_Museum
By Razvan Orendovici from United States [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

These seven Grunge fashion ideas will get your creative juices flowing – guaranteed!  And once you’ve got the hang of things, you can create other cute grunge outfits using what we’ve provided as the base

Grunge fashion 101

Before we reveal our all-time best seven grunge fashion ideas, lets go back in time for a quick primer on what Grunge was all about. Once we understand the genesis of grunge style, we’ll be able to better appreciate the 7 fashion ideas from that era that we present here.


It all begins in 1992 Seattle, during a time when legendary music bands like Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were at their pinnacle.  Along with the fusion of heavy metal and punk rock came a revolution in grunge dress that seemed to take on a life of its own. The underlying theme of that fashion revolution was really about “being yourself”, and not dressing to please others.


It’s no wonder then, that the seven grunge fashion ideas that we discuss here follow in that theme. They all seem to say: “I really don’t care what you think – This is ME!”.


By Sebastián j. (Mudhoney Clash Club Night 2) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Sebastián j. (Mudhoney Clash Club Night 2), via Wikimedia Commons

Top seven grunge fashion ideas worth considering

As we unravel our seven grunge fashion ideas, keep in mind that the 90’s was a time where “cool fashion” was seeing a rebirth. Ripped jeans and shredded clothing, which had made their debut in the late 70’s and 80’s, was making a comeback as fashion trends of that era.


As seen in the simple flannel shirt made popular by grunge fashion, grunge was a contrarian fashion statement – rejecting the fashion excesses from years gone by. Ironically though, designers seized on that very “rejectionist” ideology, and made grunge fashion dress into a huge commercial success! All of our seven grunge fashion ideas below were huge hits at the time, and are still popular today:


  • Denim Jacket – Ideally you want it faded, and a size too large


Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts.
Roland Godefroy, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons



Flannel Shirt – Again, oversized, tucked-in and large plaids are what you want







Blue Ripped Jeans – You could take old denims and rip them yourself – just to make it “You”


  • Combat Boots – Go for the scuffed, laced-up version rather than Velcro ties. Pair them with leather pants or your ripped denims.

Combat boots used in Polish Army up to the 90'ties of the 20th century.

Combat boots used in Polish Army up to the 90’ties of the 20th century.
Nikodem Nijaki, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons


  • Grandma Dresses – These fit perfectly with grunge fashion style, as long as you stick with florals and loose-fitting pieces
    Grunge fashion - Sonic Youth

    Sonic Youth – By Anders Jensen-Urstad via Wikimedia Commons



    Band T-Shirts: Groups like Sonic Youth, Pixies, Nirvana and Mudhoney make great grunge fashion dress ambassadors


Grunge fashion - By Sebastián j. (Mudhoney Clash Club Night 2)

By Sebastián j. (Mudhoney Clash Club Night 2), via Wikimedia Commons



Shoes – We’ll round it all off with a pair of high top tennis shoes. Go for a worn-out look for best effect


By Apoptosical (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sneakers shown at the MODO museum as part of an exposition at Colonia Condesa, Mexico City By Apoptosical (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


These seven grunge fashion ideas will work with almost any look. Whether it’s grunge goth look that you are aspiring to capture, or whether it’s the grunge girl that “just doesn’t give a dam” image you wish to portray – baggy and faded are the keywords here. Go for mix-and-match, and clothes that aren’t too bright coloured.


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