In the 90’s, grunge was all about rejecting the fashion norms. Balance and silhouette? Throw them out the window by pairing baggy pants with flannel shirts and tying a corded sweater round your waist using its sleeves. Not satisfied with that ungainly style? Why not slip into clunky Doc Martens, and to complete the look, forget to wash your hair for 3 days so you get the perfectly limpid, oily hair that would go well with your hastily put together non-fashion outfit? “Why think about fashion, when there are more important things in life to dwell on?” was the popular sentiment.
To a member of the wandering Generation X, existing in the depths of some gloomy melancholia, grunge was an expression of how low they had sunk. Laconic, shuffling, and walking in a cloud of cigarette smoke, there was no other fashion that would suit them. To put them in predictably stylish Givenchy would be like trying to blend classical and polka music.
But if you think about it, grunge’s choice of fashion items, and the style in which it was put together still made some sort of fashion statement, though it went against the grain in its day. In fact, it was mainly anti-fashion that fashionably rejected “fashion.” And the forerunners of the grunge style were the likes of Johnny Depp, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, and Kate Moss, all rebels to the core. But the fashion staples for the grunge look revolved around a few items: