Dries van Noten, House of Holland, Acne Spring 2013 RTW via IMAXtree
Come spring, it will be time to dust off your old Chuck Taylors and 90s-inspired Kurt and Courtney plaid pieces because grunge is back. Says who? A few of fashion's biggest names including Dries van Noten, Acne and House of Holland. And while in years past, grunge hinted at a more subversive and rebellious attitude, this time around it feels more sophisticated, light, and even a bit romantic thanks to diaphanous sheer pieces that floated rather than hung on the form. Here are our top 10 picks that will help you recreate one of spring's most coveted looks.
Already made popular by almost every starlett in Hollywood, this plaid button-down by Rails is the definition of California cool. For a more fashion-forward combination, wear yours a la Dries with a contrasting plaid maxi skirt.
The relaxed silhouette gives this sheer pixelated button down from L'agence a grungier, yet still chic, appeal. To amp this blouse's sexy allure, half tuck it into a high-waisted leather pencil skirt and patent leather booties.
The Letter Print
Spontaneous in that very 90s-cool way, this oversized letter print sweater dress from Topshop is key for effortless dressing. Pair with matte tights and black patent laced-up oxfords for everyday.
The Cozy Knit
Sexy yet understated, this fuzzy neutral knit will give your winter wardrobe a bit of a bad-ass edge. Easy to pair and wear, this versatile piece looks as great with tailored pants as it does with leather skinnies.
The New Combat
These distressed brown leather boots from will become your season essentials thanks to their versatile nature and grungy-yet-polished charm. You will find yourself wearing these laced-up boots right into spring by paring them with muted floral frocks and striped cut-offs.
Add these vertical striped tights to any ensemble for instant grunge appeal. The contrasting opaque and sheer vertical stripes feel bold and edgy, a combination that is fun and a must-buy at just under $20.
The most iconic grunge kicks get a feminine upgrade thanks to embroidered floral appliques. Sweeter but still tough thanks to their distressed high-top shape, these Converse sneakers pair nicely with both tomboyish and girly outfits.
While the floral print on this Rochas tank appears ladylike, its muted shade gives it a more languid and somber appeal. Pair it with plaid slouchy trousers for a full on Dries effect.
The Round Pair
Round shaped glasses were a huge hit on the spring runway, particularly at edgier houses like Acne, Holly Fulton and Matthew Williamson. This pair fits the bill without costing you a whole lot of bill.