How To Wear Grunge This Season

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The word grunge conjures up images of dirty teenagers whose sense of style lands somewhere between clothes they found lying on their bedroom floor, a touch of glamour and a pinch of punk/rock thrown in there for good measure.

I can assure you that all of the clothes worn in this post are not only clean but believe it or not, also weren’t found lying on my bedroom floor. Grunge deserves a little more credit than that though. Although far from being a trend for the girl who prefers a prim and polished look, grunge is a hell of a lot more glam than what people immediately associate it with.

I’ve always loved wearing black. It makes the various internships I’ve had in fashion, PR and events significantly easier. I’ll admit that there have been times when my heart has actually skipped a beat in excitement when I’m specifically asked to wear black for something. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy venturing into brighter trends, quirky accessories and the occasional girly outfit just as much as the next fashion obsessive but there’s just something about black. I always feel so much more confident when wearing the colour (or lack of) and although it may seem corporate and boring to some, to me the outfit options are endless.

My love for black has been able to lend itself fairly well to embracing this season’s return of grunge. Look to Coach’s SS17 catwalk and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Stuart Vevers, the US brand’s creative director turned to the power of grunge as his weapon of choice for single-handedly making the brand cool again.

Grunge is at its very best this season when punk, edgy items and textures are added to otherwise feminine looks. I’m really not a dress kind of girl but for my birthday this year a dress seemed like the appropriate option for a 21st birthday dinner at a fancy restaurant. Not only did I choose to wear a dress but my dress of choice was pink. A pink lace dress complete with ruffles sounds far too girly for the girl who loves black and hates dresses right? Wrong. Grunge had my back on this one. With the addition of subtle stud detailing and a dark enough hue of pink, the dress held the right amount of edge to suit my mostly far from girly style.

To really embrace grunge this season, add an element of rebellion to an otherwise very feminine outfit through leather jackets, rock band tees and fish net tights. Get your hands on all of the metal hardware details and grunge is yours to make your own this season.

Photos by Alex of This Beautiful Moment Photography

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