Glam Grunge: the wardrobe of casualness

12 April 2019 | Posted by Zackary

Fashion’s obsession with the 90s does not date back to the latest fashion week. Since the advent of streetwear, we have seen the reappearance of a multitude of repertoires in its wake: without knowing satiety, the gargantuan hunger of the catwalks devours all the subcultures flourishing before the passage to the third millennium… Buffalo, a brand that we thought was dead when the Spice Girls split, is now making a comeback by reissuing its flagship platform models. The crop-top, buried with Britney Spears’ virginity, becomes a summer must-have, while the waistline of the jeans had been as high since Jacques Chirac’s first term in office (former French president, editor’s note).

In the midst of this retro procession, grunge stands out from the other styles. If the designers’ attraction for the decade of their adolescence partly explains its return in such a significant way, the fact is that it has never really disappeared. Like many movements of this kind, it embodies a form of casualness, extreme nonchalance that crystallizes everything that labels aspire to in order to court a younger audience. In a way, grunge has almost become synonymous with modernity…

The high-end brands may be appropriating it, but it was born in the bins of a Salvation Army depot. In this spirit, luxury is therefore banned from our selection this week. Without further ado, we let our style shout Nevermind with these 9 pieces for less than 100 €.


The flannel shirt is probably the most emblematic garment of grunge, first worn to cope with the changing weather of the American North. The checks and shades vary according to the models, from the lumberjack’s archetype to more subtle versions. Here, Barbour revisits it in a cotton interpretation, with a motif playing on different printing intensities. It can either be worn closed, or opened as an overshirt. (84 €)

At Stüssy, a brand already popular with the 90s ravers, the plaid shirt is transformed into a jacket. We like its vintage look that can easily switch from one repertoire to another, and its fluorescent yellow stripes with a contemporary accent. (102 €)

Kurt Cobain used to wear white tee-shirts under his plodded cardigans, Courtney Love would put them on under his dresses. A simple piece par excellence, if not even an underwear, it acts as a blank canvas on which you can let your style express itself. In this matter, we turn to COS which, for only 17 €, offers us a perfect basic (men and women).

Speaking of Courtney Love dresses, it is her neglected silhouette that helps propel the trend around the slip dress (inspired by nightgowns, editor’s note), which will then be immortalized by Kate Moss. In this spirit, we opt for a rather literal proposal from Urban Outfitters. With its powdery colour and its false Lolita look, it can be imagined with boots as well as sneakers, or even pumps for more sophistication. (68 €)

Originally, the grunge wardrobe mainly consists of clothes found in thrift stores, often worn-out or from another era. A classic of this kind, the granny floral dress is given a second youth on the backs of Nirvana fans. Rather than its apron-like volumes, a bit too first degree, we prefer Inga, the form-fitting version created by the label The Reformation, which we already told you about here. (approx. 70 €)

Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Christian Francis Roth are the three pioneers of luxury grunge. While their shows have little interchangeability, they all have one thing in common: an abundance of horizontal stripes. While the first two have relaunched their famous collection, as far as we are concerned, we are eyeing Manatash’s long-sleeved tee-shirt. (approx. 54 €)

Founded by a former ASOS buyer, The Idle Man is a blog that helps lost men assert themselves through their clothes — if you are one of them, welcome among us. The site is now launching its own brand, featuring these faded jeans. At £20, we’d be wrong to deprive ourselves of it…

Initially designed for basketball players, before being popularized at the feet of Los Angeles skaters, Converse has accompanied all the major stylistic changes of the last 30 years of the 20th century… including the Grunge movement. Inexpensive, they have their own attitude, which is accentuated when they look a little worn. For this reason, we choose them in cream, a more authentic shade. (70 €)

Drew Crystal glasses by Retrosuperfuture. Although slightly off-budget (155 €), they are terribly worth it.

In any case, no one has ever fully understood Nirvana’s words. Fortunately, this does not prevent us from capturing their style… •

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