While fashion is global, Seattle isn't exactly known as the fashion capital of the world. However, 90's grunge inspired by Seattle bands is having a major moment this year, and people from New York and LA to London and Paris are wearing flannel, graphic tees, and ripped denim alike. Let's take a look at some trends, then and now, and the bands that originated them.
Flannel, originally turned trendy by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
Nirvana is easily one of the most well-known bands to come out of Seattle (besides Macklemore or Jimi Hendrix). They put Seattle on the map for grunge, heavy metal bands and really started a movement. Kurt Cobain could often be seen in some ripped denim, a white tee, and a flannel shirt worn overtop. In 2014, the trend is being seen in a more "feminine" way - think skinny jeans, a structured bag and some booties.
Oversized outerwear, originally turned trendy by Alice In Chains
Oversized coats from Alice in Chains in the 90's were flannel pullovers, leather jackets, and large denim vests. Currently, the trend has evolved more into oversized winter coats made of wool or another heavier material, but you balance out the look by keeping everything else fitted.
Layering, originally turned trendy by Pearl Jam
Layering is essential here in Seattle - you never know when it will rain and you'll need to have that coat on, or when the sun will make a rare appearance and you'll want to take off a layer. In the 90's, Pearl Jam would layer bomber jackets, pullovers, and leather jackers over their t-shirts to stay warm. Today in Seattle and all over the world, you will find people wearing layers in unexpected ways from mixing styles to mixing prints. I love mixing an office-style blouse with a leather jacket; the professionalism mixed with the edginess is such a fun combination.
Graphic Tees, originally turned trendy by Soundgarden
Soundgarden always wore band tees and graphic tees, usually worn with a leather jacket overtop or with black jeans. Everything had to be ripped, black, and have an "I don't care" attitude. Nowadays, graphic tees are made to add an element of masculinity to a feminine outfit. Think of a statement necklace with a graphic tee, or pairing one with a ladylike pencil skirt.
What are some of your favorite Seattle 90's grunge trends that are coming back into style? The world may be looking to you for inspiration!