It’s 2018, but the ’90s grunge fashion is showing no signs of ever becoming obsolete. The casual and playful combination of clothes and accessories is actually a product of generation Y’s desire to break free from the restrictive bonds of society and express individuality.
Today, grunge fashion is being reinvented to combine it with modern sensibilities. And if you want to keep the grunge fashion alive, you can sell your vintage clothes online or at secondhand stores. That adds authenticity to a real grunge lifestyle. Remember that grunge fashion is about nonconformity.
How does one pull off the grunge look? We’ve got you covered with these helpful tips:
The economic upswing experienced in the 1980s ushered, in the ’90s, the rise of capitalism, a system where the means of production are owned by private entities. A lot of people then, the youth especially, resented the idea that human values were defined by materials and money.
As a reaction, some people decided to go against the ideal. They didn’t care about brand names. They cared about comfort and functionality. It’s no wonder then that the clothes were mixed and matched haphazardly. The silhouette was deemphasized, and the focus instead was on an androgynous look, which went beyond gender-biased fashion taste.
Music influenced fashion, as bands had their own merchandise and key musicians like Kurt Cobain created their own clothing aesthetics. Band shirts were paired with distressed jeans. Flannel shirts were worn over graphic tees or, when the weather was hot, tied around the waist. The older and more distressed your clothes were, the better.
The denim jacket was the go-to clothing item because of it’s versatility.
Footwear and Accessories
High-top sneakers and chunky combat boots were the usual footwear. Converse and Doc Martens were popular brands then.
Bracelets with metallic details like studs and spikes, round sunglasses, and slouchy beanies were the typical accessories. They were unusual choices but went well with a person’s overall look, exuding an effortlessly put-together outfit.
What may be unkempt for some is actually trendy for others. Scruffy hair, dyed blond or in crazy colors like purple or orange, gave the appearance of someone who just got out of bed. This may have looked dirty to some, but it was not unclean.
While grunge is considered a trend now, it actually started as a non-trend, a resistance to the conventions of previous generations. The seemingly careless and random choices of clothes and accessories ultimately expressed a generation’s need for self-identity, as well as their frustration and disenchantment over a society that placed a high premium on materials and excessive profit. Grunge transcends clothing choices; instead it reflects a lifestyle that rebels against loneliness and fights for social rights.
Sponsored: MINI & The Woolmark Company Present “Field Notes” Travel Collection
MINI may be well-known for their little cars, but did you know that the British brand also has a presence in the fashion world? MINI FASHION builds on their design expertise, and the results are bold and full of individuality, just like their cars.
Earlier this year, MINI and The Woolmark Company (two brands which both have a history of questioning and boldly reshaping existing structures) announced a partnership for 2018 for a limited-run “Field Notes” collection, a travel-inspired capsule collection made from the finest Merino wool, designed by a series of up-and-coming fashion designers that includes Liam Hodges, Staffonly, PH5 and Rike Feurstein.
All four of these designers sourced inspiration from their travels to foreign cities, and woven the encounters and stories they picked up along the way into unique garments that transcend borders for the collection.
MINI recently presented the MINI FASHION Field Notes Capsule Collection at Pitti Uomo 94, one of the leading international trade shows for men’s fashion and lifestyle, in Florence Italy, where they showed off the eye-catching 16-piece line that was designed for the urban traveler. The collection was met with very favorable reviews.
Following the launch at Pitti Uomo, the collection is going on a world tour organized by MINI and The Woolmark Company, where it will inspire new perspectives through a series of local events. Afterwards, the “Field Notes” collection will be made available for purchase online in limited numbers, later this fall.
For more info on the “Field Notes” capsule collection, be sure to check out the video above.
This post has been sponsored by MINI, but all thoughts are our own.
Enter To Win A $100 Gift Card So You Can Upgrade Your Summer Wardrobe
If you’re looking to update your Summer wardrobe, then you have come to the right place, as we’ve partnered with Nakturnal to give away two $100 gift cards to East Dane.
For those of you unfamiliar with East Dane, the popular men’s fashion e-tailer launched back in 2013 and delivers a thoughtful, straightforward approach to men’s fashion. They serve up heritage brands and new names for men who are more interested in style than trends — those guys who understand that dressing well comes from a combination of confidence and quality construction, and not just a trendy label.
East Dane is your one-stop shop for the best men’s fashion. with a brand roster that includes familiar names like Helmut Lang and Norse Projects, along with up-and-comers like Raen and Saturdays NYC. There are so many great pieces to choose from that it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole!
So how would I spend a $100 East Dane gift card?
This Polo Ralph Lauren tiger logo tee is a nice alternative to the traditional polo player that we are all used to seeing, and the quality of their shirts are second to none. If you’re looking for a modern/slim fit, buy your normal size. If you want a regular fit, go one size larger.
Since I will be showing some skin, I might as well accessorize with some wrist bling. East Dane has a great selection of mens watches to choose from, like this Emporio Armani watch, which offers a clean yet sophisticated look, without breaking the bank.
Heading to the beach? Then you’ve got to make sure you look the part. Saturdays NYC has killer swim shorts that will help you stand out from the crowd (and get the attention of the ladies), like this unique tropical number.
Come to think of it, I might need to check out their selection of mens bags, as my current bag is looking pretty rough. They’ve got a sweet Filson small duffel bag that is calling my name.
So I’ve picked out a few of my favorite pieces, and now it is your turn to do the same! To enter the giveaway, simply visit East Dane and pick out your favorite item from the store. Then leave a comment below telling us what it is (even better, link to it!) and you could win one of two $100 gift cards!
We will pick two lucky winners at random on July 3rd at 5pm EST. Located outside of the US? International shipping is free for orders of $100 or more, but any potential customs tariffs must be paid for by the winner. These vary greatly from country to country based on the items you purchase.
The Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Watch Delivers Refined Toughness
G-SHOCK is known for their tough, rugged watches, designed for people with active lifestyles. And while that’s still the case today, their latest G-STEEL collection takes that functionality and goes upscale, delivering exceptional timepieces with top-of-the-line craftsmanship and engineering, perfect for wherever the day takes you.
We recently had a chance to check out the stainless-steel G-STEEL model (GSTB100D-1A) you see above, and this might just be my favorite G-SHOCK watch yet. Their latest offering is the first G-STEEL lineup models featuring chronograph performance in analog format, blending performance and style in one seriously refined yet understated package, with a double-layer bezel, hybrid resin and stainless construction with a refined metallic finish.
This collection’s case height is noticeably slimmer than previous G-STEEL watches, while still retaining the seven elements that G-SHOCK watches have long been known for: electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock and toughness resistance. Clearly, the G-STEEL is ready for whatever comes your way.
As you can see here, the G-STEEL is both handsome and rugged, with a chronograph face and stainless-steel band. Another neat touch is the dial at 9 o’clock, which has a multi-functional rotating disk that looks like the blades of a jet engine. As these blades rotate, the red coloring behind the disk can be seen, and this is used to indicate the battery level and the alarm on/off setting. They also rotate in the Timekeeping and Stopwatch modes with the passage of time.
Another cool feature is a new layer guard structure that houses resin cushioning parts in the case, for a more elegant design and a better fit on the wrist. This line also uses high-density mounting technology to create a module that is smaller and thinner, also ensuring a better fit.
Believe it or not, these watches are also equipped with Bluetooth technology, allowing you to connect them to your smartphone with just the press of a button. This will let you get time information from an Internet time server. Timekeeping doesn’t get more accurate than that. No matter where you are in the world, your watch will have the correct time. It also lets you use Phone Finder and more from their app.
Other G-STEEL functions include Tough Solar along with CASIO power saving technology to ensure you’ve got power, high brightness LED light illumination, and dual dial World Time.
You can see a full list of the G-STEEL specs on their website.
Our opinion is that this watch is likely to go down in history as one of their best models. It will be a classic that endures. That’s why you want one too. And if that’s the case, you should go for it without hesitation because it always stinks when you’re indecisive only to swing back around and find that it’s gone. Don’t let that happen to you.
Father’s Day is also coming up quick, and you know Dad would totally love this. Make his year with a gift that is durable, has amazing style, and will have him thinking about you every time he looks down at his wrist.
Visit www.gshock.com for more information on the G-STEEL collection.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Casio, but all opinions are my own.