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.
Introducing G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel Watch
G-SHOCK recently added a new timepiece to their refined, tough and rugged G-STEEL collection, the Bluetooth® Connected (GSTB100XA-1A), which perfectly blends stylish details and brute strength, with a carbon fiber bezel, sapphire crystal and two-tone layered band.
As a car enthusiast, the carbon fiber accents immediately drew me to this watch. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s just for aesthetics. This is a G-SHOCK, after all. The lightweight, layered bezel is a mix of state-of-the-art TORAYCA® and NANOALLOY® materials that give the bezel outstanding shock resistant characteristics.
Highly scratch resistant clear sapphire glass is used for the crystal to enhance readability and appearance, while a sturdy urethane band produced using a bi-color molding process makes it possible to decorate the outer surface with a sporty pattern, and blue urethane for the inner surface. A metal band ring reduces the chance of band breakage due to abrasion.
As you can see from these photos, it all comes together in a sleek, fashionable design that embodies G-SHOCK’s Absolute Toughness. I especially like how the blue accent colors on the face compliment the blue of the inner band. It’s a subtle touch that really brings things full circle.
If that’s not enough, this watch is also equipped with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology, allowing you to pair to your smartphone via the G-SHOCK Connected App and make sure it keeps accurate time anywhere in the world, among other features.
The GSTB100XA-1A also incorporates solar-powered charging capabilities (no need for bulky charging cables) and employs a super LED light and Neo-Brite luminous hands for maximum visibility in the dimmest of situations.
Additional G-SHOCK technology features include:
- 200M water resistance and shock resistance
- Dual Dial World time
- Daily alarm
- Stopwatch and countdown timer
- 12/24 hour format
- Battery level indicator
- New layered guard structure
Overall, I can’t say enough great things about the G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel. This model is as sleek and sophisticated as it is tough and durable, an all-around perfect watch for the daily grind of work and play. And at $600, it won’t break the bank.
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.
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.