February 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The other day I penned an ode to the 1970s aesthetic.  And while I’ll always have a soft spot for the boho-chic stylings of the 70s, the 1990s grunge vibe is gaining momentum… at least in my closet it is.  Come to find out that grunge has its roots in the 1970s, both from a musical and fashion perspective.  In this article from 1992, Rick Martin writes, “Ratty rec-room chic has been hibernating since the 70’s, emerging from the basement every so often.” 

But there’s a certain tension between grunge being in fashion and grunge being in Fashion.  By definition, “grunge” happens when an individual exhibits a lack of interest in his/her appearance. “Grunge is about not making a statement, which is why it’s crazy for it to become a fashion statement,” remarked James Truman, the editor-in-chief of Details.

So how would grunge reclaim its accidental essence when Marc Jacobs famously and brilliantly released his 1992 grunge collection

Complete and utter abandonment.  As quickly as grunge galvanized music and style, it faded into the background to make way for post-grunge, Britpop, and same sex musical acts… and the clothes they wore.

P.S. I wanted to wear my Doc Martens today but it was just too much.

– Kimchi Blue tuxedo cardigan
– Fire Los Angeles floral ruffle shirt
– Miss Sixty fatigue skirt
– Black leggings
– Blowfish booties



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  1. YEAH!!! BUBBLEGUM!! Isn’t it fun?

  2. GREAT PIC. Best pose yet. How would you describe your hair in this photo?

    • Tragic? JK, it’s in a high ponytail with the front loose. Goal: this.

  3. im mad you didnt credit the bubblegum in this pic – that is one fierce bubble!!!

  4. i have no nostalgic feelings for the grunge period whatsoever. i look back on h.s. pics and truly regret that we grew up in that unfortunate era – born a few years too late for the 80s which were way more fun. they had fingerless gloves and fun headbands, we had mom jeans and dad’s flannel shirts. ugh. 90210 had way too much influence over my style back then.

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