The uber-casual "grunge chic" style promises to linger as a hot trend through spring and summer, with hot designers like Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs embracing the style. But how best to adapt your tartan flannels, ripped skinny jeans, and boots to the warmer weather? Taking a cue from Kate Moss and fellow grunge mavens, here are some ideas to get you started rocking the grunge chic style. It’s not necessary to incorporate all the elements listed below; customize your options as your style evolves!
A wispy tank, plaid top, and loose cardigan are perfect to get you started. The plaid shirt is a grunge icon, so select yours carefully. It can be dressed down (borrow an Abercrombie and Fitch flannel shirt from your boyfriend or dad and roll up the sleeves) or up (go with a lightweight, voile cotton shirt with trendy roll-tab sleeves). Top with an oversized, sheer cotton cardigan in earth tones, then add a dressy black croc-stamped belt over the cardigan if you simply can't bear to look too disheveled.
A denim skirt can be a great way to simplify a potentially busy outfit. Leave your skinny jeans at home, and choose a properly tattered blue-jean skirt that will keep you both cool and relaxed. Opt for a sky-high mini or a skirt that grazes the knee. If it's not too warm outside, add some black leggings or tights to your ensemble.
Continue the layering process with skinny bangle bracelets, then add a slouchy shoulder bag. Swap your heavy biker boots for frayed high tops, or add a pair of neon-print Wellingtons.
Find a bikini like this navy-and-white gingham suit by J. Crew (both pieces, $96). Complete the look with memorable, sky-high wedge sandals or rely on your sneakers for a less glam look, then toss on your plaid top as a beach coverup!