Kasia Struss by Josh Olins For Dazed & Confused April 2013
“Grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in Washington, inspired by hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock. Clothing commonly worn by grunge musicians consisted of thrift store items and the typical outdoor clothing of the region, as well as a generally unkempt appearance. The style did not evolve out of a conscious attempt to create an appealing fashion; music journalist Charles R. Cross said, “Kurt Cobain was just too lazy to shampoo,” and Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman said, “This [clothing] is cheap, it’s durable, and it’s kind of timeless. It also runs against the grain of the whole flashy aesthetic that existed in the 80s.” (wikipedia)
Grunge clothing can simply be indentified as a toned down hippie, or basically blending pretty pieces such as florals or sheer shirts with combat boots and ripped up denim to create a dirty and messy look. Of course at that time they were actually dirty and nonchalant, but now you can create the look with giving a little thought into it. Do not forget the fundamentals: floral and/or velvet dress, acid wash denim, flannel shirt, cropped tee, jersey anything, maxi tube skirt, combat boots and a backpack, preferably all layered together.