18 Must Have Grunge Style Clothing

Grunge style aesthetic appeals to you? Well, of course it does!

This slightly vintage, Nirvana influenced, easy, and carefree style has become quite appealing to young women interested in expressing themselves through their fashion choices.
We're talking distressed jeans and any and everything flannel.

The first step to developing your new grunge wardrobe would be to say good be to your favorite department store and begin to do some heavy thrifting.

The next step is to let go of social fashion norms. Stop caring about whether you match and if your top is spotless and wear your favorites!

We've compiled a list of 18 grunge must-haves items to get your wardrobe carefree and modish. Let's take a look!

1. Earn your Stripes: Plaid Shirt

Wear it buttoned, or open, tied around your waist, as a shirt dress, or a skirt. If it's plaid…it's pretty safe to say it's a yes.

Flannel outfit green plaid shirt
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Grunge Plaid Shirt Brandy Melville Top
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Plaid Shirt Red
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Grunge Plaid Shirt Around Waist
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Flannel red Plaid Shirt
Source: Kenzas

2. Show off your grunge style with shorts

Torn, worn, and vintage inspire shorts are perfect for this Spring and Summer. Don't miss your chance to be cool in more way than one with this grunge classic item.

casual denim shorts
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Blue Denim Grunge Shorts
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 A cool way to wear them is all ripped and black

soft grunge ripped shorts
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Grunge Style Grommet Ripped Denim Shorts
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They also look great with leggings

Ripped Shorts with leggings
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3. The only time it's Good to be Distressed: Ripped denim

 If you're going grunge, grab a pair of your old jeans and cut or slice them, making rips.

studded ripped denim shorts
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 Throw them in the washing machine to create a tethered, less harsh look.

Floral tights under ripped jeans
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If you want to go grunge, and you're not working with much money, create your own distressed jeans.

black ripped denim jeans
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Acid wash distressed boyfriend jeans
Source: Le-Happy

 

Ripped denim boyfriend jeans
Source: Pinterest

4. Forever Classics: Grunge Styled Denim jackets

 Jean jackets will forever be a part of fashion. If you're in search of a classic item that'll never really go out of style. Grab a denim jacket.

Oversized Denim jacket
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Grunge Denim Jacket
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Blue Denim Trench Coat
Source: Le-Happy

 

Denim Jean Jacket
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Soft grunge Denim Jacket
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5. Oh my….Overalls

Grunge overalls are not the typical overalls that you would wear. They are made out of a thinner material and are usually darker in color.

They often have rips and tears in them to give them a more rugged look. Grunge overalls can be worn with a variety of different tops, but they look best with a tank top or a tshirt.

Denim overalls
Source: Le-Happy

Grunge Overalls
Source: One in a Million

 

There are options, shorts, pants, skirts all waiting to be a part of your wardrobe.

Overalls Dress
Source: Flashes of Style

 

Overalls Denim Dungarees
Source: Le-Happy

 

Pockets Solid Color Denim Style Sleeveless Overalls
Source: Bitcoin BB

6. A More Militant Grunge Style Look: Lace Up Boots

These stylish and comfortable boots are perfect for your everyday looks. With a laceup closure and a chunky heel, these boots are sure to turn heads.

Pair them with your favorite skinny jeans (or shorts!) and a leather jacket for a cool and edgy look.

Lace-Up Wedge Boots
Source: Native Fox

 

black lace-up Doc Marten style boots
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Dr Martens lace-up boots
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Lace up boots and lace tights
Source: Swell

 

Grunge Lace-Up Boots
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7. The more, the better: beanies

Grunge beanies hats are perfect for keeping your head warm while adding a touch of style to your outfit. They come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find the perfect one to match your personality.

Grunge beanie with plaid skirt and denim jacket
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T-shirt, mesh top, Skirt, Leather jacket and Beanie
Source: Le-Happy

 

Red beanie Grunge Street Style
Source: Pinterest

 

Grunge Style: Beanie with Jumpsuit, Jacket and Wrench ring
Source: Le-Happy

 

Beanie with spikes necklace, magnetic bracelet, oversized jumper and faust leggings
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8. Show your grunge style groove with bandanas

If you want to get in touch with the grunge side of fashion, find a bandana. Use them as headbands, scarves, or handkerchiefs, as long as you use them.

Grunge bandana with Nirvana tank top
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Grunge Rock Red bandana Style
Source: Pinterest

 

Soft Grunge Headband
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Grunge Vintage Style Bandana
Source: Le-Happy

 

Headband Grunge Style
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9. Fan til the end: Baseball caps

An old baseball cap is your ticket to grunge with a mix of streetwear style.

Adidas Baseball Cap with Denim jacket
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Black and White Baseball Cap with Sunglasses
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Grunge Rock Style Baseball Cap
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Grunge Street Cap
Source: White Raven

 

Grunge Cap with Crop Top
Source: Pinterest

10. Thigh high stockings, a staple in grunge style clothing.

Endless options in the form of knee highs, thigh highs, and full on pantyhose. Grasp the gift of grunge by spending a dollar or two on some stockings.

Black Boots With Stockings
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Grunge Polka Dot Stockings with Boots
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Grunge Stockings with Leather Jacket
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Grey shirt and black socks
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Soft Grunge Stockings with Dr Martens Boots
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11. Dot it with an eye: Eyeliner

Dark, thick, and smudged liner will forever be the beauty tip from grudge goddesses like Courtney Love, Taylor Momsen, and Rita Ora.

Line your top, your bottom, or both the top and the bottom lid and smudge it until you achieve your desired look.

Grunge Girl with Bandana and Eyeliner
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Grunge Style Eyeliner with Grey Shirt and Choker
Source: Pinterest

 

Grunge Eyeliner Tutorial
Source: Pinterest

 

Kylie Jenner Kardashian 90's Makeup, Brown Lips and Winged Liner
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Soft Grunge Purple Hair with Piercing and Outliner
Source: Erica Elly Paulina

12. Color Me Grungy: Hair Dye

Purples, blues, grays, rustic reds, dirty blondes, pastel ombre, and cotton candy tie die dye jobs all scream grunge. If you're in search of the perfect way to switch your style up it's time to find the perfect dye!

Sky Ferreira Soft Grunge Dyed Hair
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Grunge Styled Red Ombre Dyed Hair
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Soft Grunge Green Ombre Hair Dye
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Soft Grunge Purple Ombre Dyed Hair
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Grunge Styled Bleached Hair
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Soft Grunge Style Pastel Ombre Hair
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13. Set your sights: Studded bag

Don't be afraid of a little sparkle. A vintage metal studded bad would take your fashion arsenal from pretentious to grunge fabulous. Not sure which studded bag to get from the thrift store? Pick your favorite one, and it's certain to work.

Bailey Studded Black Satchel
Source: Amy Valentine

 

Grunge Studded Backpack
Source: Le-Happy

 

Mary Kate Olsen Grunge Style Studded Bag
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Black Leather Studded Bag
Source: Pinterest

14. Bring the fashion with you: Backpack

 Drop your bags and clutches and find yourself a backpack. Comfortable, and convenient to carry. Another brilliant way to carry your daily necessities.

Grunge Rock Style Tiny Backpack
Source: Doris Dave

 

Grunge Black Leather Backpack
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Grunge Styled Leather Backpack
Source: Holynights

 

Pastel Soft Grunge Panda Backpack
Source: Kayla Hadlington

15. Choker Necklace

Whether it's the tattoo choker necklace one of your choosing, the elegant yet tough trend is perfect for you if you're looking for accessories. The beauty of this style is that you don't have to worry about matching the choker you love best, will always do!

Grunge Set Choker Necklaces
Source: Pinterest

 

Braided Knotted Choker Tribal Collar Necklace
Source: Pinterest

 

Plain Crescent Moon Choker
Source: Pinterest

Choker necklaces are the perfect accessory to add edge to any outfit. With their unique style, these necklaces can help you stand out from the crowd.

 

The Leon Sun Choker - 90s Grunge Large Silver Necklace
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Grunge Outfit with Choker Necklace
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16. Wrapped around your wrist: leather bracelet

 This trend shares with more modern and trends, but to be sure your leather wrist candy is grunge related, think vintage.

Spiked Leather Bracelets
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Rock Fashion Outfit with Leather Bracelet
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Grunge Rock Style Leather Bracelets with Skirt
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Alternative Style Outfit with Bracelets
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Grunge Bracelets Accessories
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17. The Shade: Sunglasses

It's no surprise that shades are a large part of the grunge fashion style. What you may be surprised about is how fashionable grunge glasses actually are. It's definitely suggested if you're in the market for something more careless.

Grunge Outfit with Round Oversized Sunglasses
Source: BORNTOBOTHERYOU

 

Grunge Outfit with Oasap Sunglasses
Source: Style Story

 

Adapt With Black Sunglasses
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Grunge Style Cat Eye Shaped Sunglasses
Source: Pinterest

 

American Apparel Grunge Vintage Sunnies
Source: Pinterest

18. No More Bad Hair Days: hats

If you really want to head into this Spring with grunge glory, shove that bad hair under your chosen hat and say goodbye to bad hair days. It's just that easy.

Grunge Outfit with Vintage Hat
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Brixton Wesley Grunge Fedora Hat
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Jumper Skater Skirt with Hat
Source: Pinterest

 

Gold Belts and Waist Skirt and Black Hat
Source: Pinterest

 

90's Grunge Style Outfit with Hat
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So here you have it! A nice list to take into consideration if you are considering to make your own grunge outfits! Personally, I really dig the ripped shorts one with bleached hair, but be yourself!

We also have a post about 43 aesthetic grunge outfits ideas for you to read to inspire you furthermore!

Also check out our collection of grunge clothing for women. With everything from ripped jeans to flannel shirts, we‘ve got everything you need to create the perfect grunge look.

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