I’m sure you’ve noticed the recent choker trend; everyone and their grandmother seems to be sporting one. It’s not a coincidence. Punk fever is back from the 90’s; you can finally take out your combat books and plaid pieces and look totally edgy and rock & roll. And you don’t even have to be into Nirvana. Blame this on the big fashion houses that re-introduced the grunge style a couple of years ago.
Personally, I wasn’t a fan at first. I especially hate it when everyone follows a trend in a semi zombielike way. But I decided to try it out anyways. I recently decided to be a little more gutsy and creative when it comes to what I wear, so grunge wasn’t a look I was going to pass up. I sincerely wish I could tell you that I totally hated it, that it’s overrated, and that chokers are for copycat losers with no sense of unique identity, but honestly…I loved it. Maybe not the overall look, but the messy “I don’t care what you think of me” feel of it, the layered clothes, and yes, yes, yes, the choker! Sometimes I even wish I could wear it all the time.
What I’ve learnt about the grunge look:
1. Keep it messy: No need to style your hair, or shine your boots. The dirtier, the better.
2. Shop at a thrift store: Or even better, in your mom’s closet. The 90’s are back, and my mom had (and still has) epic style. There’s just something magical about 20 year old vintage pieces.
3. Take out your old flannel shirts: I always thought the flannel shirt was reserved solely for lumberjacks. Who knew that by tying it around your waist you suddenly look punk cool?
4. Wear ripped denim: Is there such a thing as non ripped denim nowadays? It’s almost a crime to wear basic jeans.
5. Layer your clothes: Think skirt over tights, crop top under flannel plaid shirt, and you can even wear bracelets and rings over each other.
C’mon, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone too, and try out something new.