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Here's How to Take '90s Grunge Style Into 2022

Jun 7 2022 - 2:45pm

If you've noticed a resurgence of '90s trends [1], you're not alone. Grunge outfits are making a major comeback, and the trend can actually be wearable for everyone. Whether you want to go full out or just dip your toe in, there are cool options you're going to love. Channel your inner rocker, and grab some low-rise pants [2], distressed denim, and oversize jackets. Plus, a platform shoe [3] is always a good idea. These 15 pieces of grunge clothing are going to be staples in your wardrobe.

Grunge fashion can feel intimidating, but we're here to prove that's not the case. There are so many ways to bring the trend of '90s grunge outfits into 2022. A cool colorblock boot is a way to add some toughness to any look. Plus, pairing low flared cargo pants with a minimal corset top and a baggy oversize bomber jacket is very current, with a major nostalgic undertone. The grunge-aesthetic outfits have an effortless vibe to them, so with a few key pieces, you too can master the look. Keep reading to shop our favorite picks.

A Plaid Dress: Madewell Square-Neck Tiered Mini Dress

This black-and-white-print Madewell Square-Neck Tiered Mini Dress [5] ($88, originally $128) is a great way to dip your toe into the world of grunge fashion. The silhouette is pretty, but it can easily be toughened up with a sneaker or lace-up boot. This is a great piece of grunge fashion for the summer.

Distressed Denim: BDG High-Waisted Baggy Jean

Get yourself a pair of baggy, distressed denim, and thank us later. We want these cool, affordable BDG High-Waisted Baggy Jeans [6] ($49) in every color. Pair them with a tight cropped top and oversize jacket.

Lace-Up Boots: Dr Martens 1460 Pascal Max Leather Platform Boots

We couldn't have a piece on grunge outfits without a pair of Docs. These Dr Martens 1460 Pascal Max Leather Platform Boots [7] ($220) are major statement makers. They go with everything, and once you break them in, you'll never want to take them off.

Long Denim Shorts: Agolde '90s Frayed Denim Shorts

If you want a pair of denim shorts this summer, try a longer style. These Agolde '90s Frayed Denim Shorts [8] ($69, originally $148) look great paired with tall boots. You can buy them a little bigger and wear them slung around your hips.

A Plaid Skirt: Free People Honey Pleated Skirt

Channel your inner Olivia Rodrigo [9] with a cute plaid skirt. This Free People Honey Pleated Skirt [10] ($60) comes in a bunch of colors, but we love this light-blue version for summer. Pair it with lace-up boots for a full grunge look.

A Slip Dress: Miaou Thais Dress

If you're looking to dress up a bit, go for a black slip dress. This Miaou Thais Dress [11] ($295) is dramatic and sexy; we love the open back and side slit. Dress it up with strappy sandals or down with boots.

A Band T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters Nirvana Unplugged T-Shirt Dress

If you want to try the grunge look, there's really no better place to start than a Nirvana T-shirt. This Urban Outfitters Nirvana Unplugged T-Shirt Dress [12] ($39) is big — it's one size fits most — and it's soft, comfortable, and cool. You can wear it as a T-shirt or dress, whichever you prefer.

A Leather Blazer: Nanushka Mersey Vegan Leather Blazer

An oversize leather blazer is this year's grunge outerwear of choice. It may be hot during the day, but it still gets cold at night, so make sure you have this cool Nanushka Mersey Vegan Leather Blazer [13] ($435, originally $870) with you. We love the exaggerated shoulders, the vegan leather, and the fact that it's half off.

A Plaid Shirt: Treasure & Bond Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

If you need something to keep you warm, try a plaid shirt. We like this affordable Treasure & Bond Plaid Boyfriend Shirt [14] ($59). Style it unbuttoned over a T-shirt or crop top.

Low-Rise Pants: Urban Outfitters Liana Low-Rise Kick Flare Pant

If you're going grunge, it's time to get on the low-rise trend. We love the exposed zipper on these black Urban Outfitters Liana Low-Rise Kick Flare Pants [15] ($65). They're affordable and cool; style them with a black crop top and lace-up boots.

A Cool Corset: Urban Outfitters Out From Under Modern Love Corset

A common misconception about grunge fashion is that it's not sexy, but this Urban Outfitters Out From Under Modern Love Corset [16] ($59) begs to differ. This corset has a cult following on TikTok and is always sold out, so grab it while it's still in stock. It also comes in blue, but you can't go wrong with black.

Leather Shorts: Nanushka Janna Vegan Leather Shorts

Black clothes are key to the grunge aesthetic. We like leather shorts as summer going-out clothes. They can be paired with so many different tops or shoes and elevate any look. These chic drawstring Nanushka Janna Vegan Leather Shorts [17] ($198, originally $395) are currently half off!

Platform Boots: Bottega Veneta Leather Platform Chelsea Boots

If you're going to splurge, make it on something you'll wear all the time. These Bottega Veneta Leather Platform Chelsea Boots [18] ($1,350) are one of our top picks this season. They come in a few colors, but the pink accent is our favorite. We love that they are comfortable and cool and give you a little bit of extra height.

Cargo Pants: BDG Ali Flare Cargo Pant

These BDG Ali Flare Cargo Pants [19] ($79) are a modern take on a nostalgic trend. We love the dark-purple hue, and the flare leg is cool and different. Plus, the low-rise silhouette is peak grunge style, and if you're concerned about fit, size up.

An Oversize Jacket: The Frankie Shop Lumi Bomber Jacket

This The Frankie Shop Lumi Bomber Jacket [20] ($225) is oversize in the best way possible. It's great for nights out when you want to be cozy and comfortable. Plus, you can never go wrong with a black bomber jacket.


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