This year, grunge style is back in with a bang. Everywhere you look, grunge outfits are popping up.
It started with Gen Z on TikTok, but now I’m seeing pieces of grunge fashion on folks of all ages.
Grunge fashion is heavily influenced by the 90’s, but it’s a bit darker and edgier. While the more typical 90’s fashion featured colors like brown and yellow, grunge is black and silver all the way.
It can actually be kind of hard to shop for grunge style! Most brands are specifically grunge; instead you need to shop for specific items at certain stores.
Today I’m compiling my favorite grunge fashion brands. Keep in mind that these brands may sell many styles; to make it easier, I’ll list my favorite types of items below each store.
How To Put Together Grunge Outfits:
At its core, grunge fashion is all about a distain of conformity. That’s why it’s a super messy, eclectic style.
Here are some of the most popular trademarks of grunge style:
- Flannel or plaid anything (oversized is good)
- Oversized vintage band tees
- Combat boots
- Heavy, aggressive jewelry
- Converse sneakers
- Jean or leather jackets, oversized
- Fishnet or lace patterned tights
- Messy hair
- Chunky belts
- Lots and lots of makeup
- Tight clothing mixed with super oversized pieces
- Brown, black, white, and red fashion pieces
When it comes to grunge, more is more. Go for extra accessories, more makeup, and multiple layers of clothing. Your outfits won’t look truly grunge until you have 15+ things on.
If you get stuck, there are a few grunge icons who stood out during the late 80’s and 90’s. Check out fashion inspiration from Kurt Cobain, Drew Barrymore, Kate Moss, and River Phoenix.
Alternatively, I compiled a post showing some of my favorite grunge outfits here.
Grunge Fashion Brands:
Here are my favorite grunge fashion brands for a super eclectic, 90’s inspired style.
Keep in mind that traditionally, grunge fashion was new-age items (bought new) combined with cool vintage pieces. If you really want to get into grunge style, I recommend thrifting for at least a few items!
Urban Outfitters is a mesh of styles. You can definitely find boho or alternative pieces at Urban, but you can also find a ton of good grunge style outfit choices.
The thing is, you have to know what you’re shopping for. The flowery dresses at Urban are definitely not grunge style.
I also love the vintage section. There can be some pieces in there that are too light/girly, but there are also some awesome oversized shirts and baggy vintage pants.
Pricing: Urban can be a bit on the pricier side, so I purchase items that will last me for a while. It’s my go-to for statement pieces. Expect to spend $40-$100 per item.
If you’re looking for affordable grunge fashion brands then Boohoo is definitely your store. You can put together entire grunge outfits for under $40!
However, because Boohoo offers so many different styles, you do need to know what you’re looking for.
The “oversized” section is also a good place to look for grunge outfits because everything is super 90’s.
Pricing: Boohoo is incredibly cheap. Almost every item is well under $20. For more basic pieces, you can spend as little as $3-$5.
Missguided can be super trendy or offer great grunge style outfits. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
The one thing I love about Missguided is that the clothing is always edgy. You never find last season’s trends.
Basically, you’ll find super edgy grunge style at Missguided. If you’re trying to dress trendy but in grunge style then this is the place for you.
Pricing: Missguided is pretty affordable. Most pieces are under $50, including shoes. Some smaller clothing items are under $20.
If you’re looking for only one grunge fashion brand to shop at then Hot Topic is your place. It was popular back in the day and is still huge for folks who love the grunge look.
You literally can’t go wrong with a thing in Hot Topic. It toes the punk/grunge style line perfectly.
I especially enjoy shopping for dresses (Hot Topic has super edgy grunge style dresses), super unique jackets, skirts (again super edgy), and of course, t-shirts. Hot Topic carries just about every pop culture t-shirt you could think of.
There’s also a whole section devoted to band merch that’s really cool.
Pricing: Hot Topic is really affordable. Most pieces are $20-$40, although pop culture tees may cost a bit more, depending what’s on them. This is definitely the best place to shop for affordable grunge outfits!
Cotton:On is one of my new favorite boutiques right now. They sell a lot of high-quality basics, like crop tops, tees, and shorts, but these are all things that you need for good grunge outfits.
However, Cotton:On is a great place for any basics. If you got some really cool plaid pieces, you’ll need a black plain crop top to pair them with, or a pair of dark jean shorts to go with an edgy top and belt.
Pricing: Most Cotton:On pieces are between $15 and $30. They’re also basic items, so it makes sense that they’re relatively affordable.
As always, I recommend Shein. The site carries tons of different styles, but they specifically have a really awesome grunge fashion section that’s insanely affordable.
Personally, I like to just search “grunge” and start there. You’ll find a whole selection of really cool jewelry, belts, pants, edgy t-shirts and crop tops, and flannels.
If you’re shopping section by section, then I recommend checking out graphic tees and sweatshirts, oversized tops, plaid tops, cropped sweatshirts, skirts, boots (Shein has some super combat and slip-on boots),and belts and chains. There’s honestly too many sections to list!
Pricing: Most clothing pieces on Shein are under $20. Accessories can sometimes be as cheap as $1. I recommend ordering over $75 worth of items because you get free shipping and returns.
This is a super cool boutique for graphic tees. If you want interesting tees to pair with your grunge outfits then chick out Always Stylish Mama.
Pricing: Always Stylish Mama is really affordable. Most items are under $30 with a few (mainly sweatshirts) just over that.
Amazon is a low-key awesome place to buy grunge clothing and accessories. Most items are free shipping and virtually everything is super cheap.
I also recommend that you check out grunge style accessories. Amazon carries super cute grunge belts, chains, heavy jewelry, edgy socks, glasses, etc.
Lastly, Amazon is a great place to buy grunge shoes (especially heels and boots) at a low price.
Pricing: Most items are between $15 and $35. You might spend a bit more for shoes if you’re purchasing through a name brand. Amazon is one of the best affordable grunge style stores and most pieces are delivered free!
Levi’s is my go-to place for jeans, especially for grunge outfits. They just fit like no other jeans.
There are so many different styles to choose from. Generally, I prefer baggier for grunge style, but it’s totally up to you.
Pricing: Levi’s is really variable when it comes to prices. You can spend under $50 or over $200, depending on the style of jean you want. Keep in mind that these jeans are super well-made, so it may be worth it to spend a little extra for one pair.
Nasty Gal is one of my favorite super affordable stores for grunge outfits. It’s a lot like Shein, but the quality is slightly better and the prices are slightly higher.
There are so many grunge style pieces at Nasty Gal. You can really just browse and find lots of cool choices.
I find that Nasty Gal typically has really awesome seasonal items that are still typical grunge fashion. This is also my favorite place to shop for grunge shoes.
Pricing:Nasty Gal is really affordable! Items are typically between $15 and $30. Shoes are quite affordable compared to other stores.
ASOS is a great place for grunge style pieces. Not only does the site have some awesome pieces itself, but they just acquired Topshop, so I recommend ASOS x2 for grunge outfits.
However, the site is massive so it can get a little confusing.
First of all, check out the Topshop section. You’ll find a lot of upscale grunge pieces that work well.
Alternatively, you can just search for grunge and find some good items, although the results are mixed.
I typically shop for trendy pants, plaid and leather skirts, hoodies, and edgy shoes and boots. However, you really need to sort through to find grunge style pieces, which is the only reason that ASOS isn’t first on this list. It’s a bit of a pain!
Pricing: ASOS carries a bunch of different brands, so the pricing is varied. I’ll typically spend about $30 per item, which is really affordable for things like jackets, jeans, or boots.
I loved PacSun as a teen and was surprised when I started shopping here again just a few years ago.
PacSun is pretty affordable with super cute grunge outfits.
You honestly can’t go wrong with clothing at PacSun. Most of the store has a soft grunge, skater vibe, but if you’re looking for a heavier grunge style, then you will need to mix and match pieces.
Check out the jeans (especially the ultra-baggy, oversized fits), the hats and beanies, the colorless dresses in the dress section, and the pants. I’m always a fan of any bottoms at PacSun.
Pricing: Most grunge style pieces cost around $50. While it isn’t the cheapest store in the world, they’re well-made pieces that will last you a while. I tend to buy a few items here and supplement the outfit with accessories from stores like Boohoo.
American Eagle can be a bit girly for grunge style, but you can find some awesome denim pieces online.
Pricing: Denim is pretty affordable and American Eagle. I typically spend $50-$60 per pair of jeans, or $40-$50 per pair of shorts. They’re high quality and fit really well.
I always recommend checking Etsy for unique pieces. They do have some really awesome things that can be used for grunge outfits!
I typically search “grunge clothing” and find a variety of grunge shirts and sweatshirts. However, I especially like Etsy for grunge jewelry. You can find anything from heavy chains to paper-clip jewelry or chokers.
Pricing: Etsy pricing is really variable because there are so many sellers. I like to spend $20-$30 item.
Dolls Kill is a super cool punk/grunge online boutique. It’s pretty small but does have some interesting grunge style pieces.
I typically just check out new arrivals. You’ll find super grungy plaid pants, leather pieces, heeled combat boots, and more.
Pricing: Dolls Kill can be a tiny bit more expensive than other stores. Expect to spend around $50 per item.
Zumiez is a great skate store that has a lot of grunge fashion and grunge style clothing.
You can put together some super cute grunge outfits using only Zumiez clothing! All of the pieces are super cute. Just make sure that you stay on the side of grunge and don’t veer into skater. The 90’s are much more baggy and eclectic than skater style clothing.
Pricing: Zumiez can be a bit more expensive, with items ranging from $30-$70.