Grunge is back with vengeance and I couldn’t be happier.
Whilst I was cruising through the Trend Hunter website I came across a little, lovely section under Hip Fashion about Grunge and how it has made a glorious come-back. To me though, Grunge never left.
This come-back has, however, altered Grunge slightly, creating numerous sub-fashions within the trend itself. Some of them include: 90s Grunge, Pastel Grunge, Delicate Grunge, School Girl Grunge, Sporty Grunge, Uptown Grunge, Exotic Grunge and Bohemian Grunge to name a few.
With all of these new, different versions of Grunge now on the market and in trend, it opens up a whole new world and window of opportunities for those girls too afraid to try out a more Grungy style. It allows them to experiment and form a new opinion on the once “too edgy”, “too raw” and “too rough” style, now optimised for any and every girl out there.
Whether it’s just merely adding a pair of combat boots or a leather jacket to your look, you can create your own authentic Grungy style. You can add your own flair in any way, because as we’ve seen, the options are truly limitless.
Some may say that these new sub-trends of Grunge can be taking away the true essence of the trend, however, I think not. Grunge itself stands for rebellion, going against the flow of things, making something your own, being unique and standing out. Grunge is a youthful style that celebrates the young at heart and standing up against social norms. This is why I believe that these new sub-trends are, in fact, a true embodiment of Grunge itself, as it goes against what society portrays Grunge as, it shifts societal ideas and creates and instils new ones. These sub-trends create a new platform for everyone to be heard, not just the high school drop-outs and the rebels, but the ‘new’ rebels, the girly girls, the sporty kids, the exotics and eccentrics, the people that were previously stereotyped into a class that didn’t necessarily represent them entirely.
These new trends aren’t only a fashion movement, but a social movement, a platform for change, a reformation against conformation.
This is why I believe that we should support this movement and trend whole-heartedly, encourage the discouraged. It doesn’t have to be about supporting Grunge itself, but the idea behind it, urge those too scared to be their true selves to stick up a big middle finger to society and say “I can be whoever I want to be, not who you tell me to be”.
It is not about the clothes, but the people beneath them and the message within them.
Stand out, be heard and be 100% YOU. I dare you.