Monday, November 28, 2016

90's Grunge - The Fab 40's

The end of the month is turing out to be my favorite to blog.  This is the time I collaborate with 7 other fashion bloggers for The Fab 40's post.  Each month 8 bloggers from around the world create a look based on monthly themes.  We are all fashion bloggers who are 40+, and rocking it with our style.  This months theme has been my favorite since I started participating earlier this year.  If you haven't guessed it yet from my picture...this month we are doing 90's Grunge. Oh how I love this theme, this was my style in the 90's.  I was in my late teens, early 20's when grunge was in its prime.  Grunge music was my scene, and I love it all from the style to the music and attitude. I was the moody teen, who listen to alternative rock and wore all black.  I was the girl who didn't fit into any particular group in school.  I was the girl who wanted to be different and not go with the crowd. Grunge music and style just seemed like a perfect fit for me.

When Diane selected this months theme of 90's grunge I immediately thought about my Nirvana t-shirt. Yes of course I have a Nirvana tee, along with many other rock tees. Rock t-shirts are a staple in my wardrobe. Along with flannels and distressed jeans. These were all too obvious and honestly wouldn't look much different than what I normally wear now.  I guess in some ways my style hasn't changed too much from those 90's grunge days.  I still live in my jeans, rock tees and flannels, just add some Doc Martens and its my style circa early 90s.  I don't own a pair of Docs anymore, but wish I had kept them. I gave mine away to my nephew when he was a teen and they probably are still around today. Those shoes last forever, the more worn in and beat up the better.  Guess I need to get a new pair of Docs.

For this look I wanted to make it more relevant and wearable for today, but still keep the grunge vibe. I took inspiration from 2 of my favorite female grunge icons from the 90's. Courtney Love from Hole and Shirley Manson from Garbage.  These 2 bad ass grunge chicks were my style icons in the 90's.  I loved their music and style from head to toe!  Courtney Love was known for her baby doll and slip dresses, with knee high socks and Mary Jane shoes (which I had some as well.) Courtney was more of a girly grunge girl, like who else could rock out in a tiara on stage like she did.  

Shirley Manson was more dark and goth like, who typically wore all black and heavy eyeliner. Shirley was the lead singer of Garbage and she was just a bad ass rock chick too. Although her style was a bit more darker and edgier than Courtney's, Shirley also had touches of femininity. These ladies were tough but feminine, they could be sweet but kick your ass too. That's what I loved about their style, it was edgy but both had a touch of sweetness. That's the girl I wanted to be in the 90's. Tough but sweet!

I wore a slip dress which is an actual slip for another sheer dress. Oh what a rebel I am....LOL  I had to go with all black because you know, black is how I feel inside.  Not really but I love that line from a song. The big fuzzy sweater is my homage to the dearly departed Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.  He was the godfather of grunge and often wore big chunky cardigan sweaters.  I added a chocker and hoop earrings, because I pretty much wore them all through the 90's. Some spikes on my Rebecca Minkoff bag, for a touch of bad ass-ness. Although I currently don't own a pair of Doc Martens or Mary Jane shoes, I do own these very old and worn in boots.  They are pretty old, the brand name in them has worn off and can't even remember where I bought them.  I call them my grandma boots, they are not cute or girly and remind me of something an old grandma or grandpa would wear.  I guess thats the whole point of grunge, not to fit in or be cool. Not to wear what everyone else wore, but be rebellious of the status quo and say FU society.  I did so in my own way growing up, by not wearing what every one else wore or listening to the same music. Growing up I got teased for my clothes and taste in music. Grunge was not necessarily popular in my neighborhood or high school. The rebel in me didn't care, I didn't want to look like every one else in my school and didn't want to listen to the same music either.  I wanted to be the girl with most cake, because I'm only happy when rains.      

Outfit Details
Slip Dress: City Chic
Fuzzy Sweater: Kensie via Costco (yes Costco)
Boots: So old can't remember brand
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunnies: c/o Zero UV
Choker: Lovesick Fashion
Hoops: Avenue
Attitude: ME

The Fab 40's crew with their grunge looks. 

Diane of Fashion On The 4th Floor chose the theme this month. She must have been a grunge girl in the 90's, because her look is so perfectly grungy.  From the babydoll dress to the plaid shirt and I need those boots D!!  Yup Diane nailed it, she's my 90's kindred spirit for sure!  Rock on Lady D!

Samantha of Fake Fabulous was actually a raver chick back in the 90's, glow sticks and all!  You would never know grunge was not her scene from her look. She looks straight out the movie Singles. I am obsessed with her boots, the colors are so great for this season as well. Oh Sam, I think you secretly were a little grungy in the 90s! 

I think Sheela of Sheela Writes can master any style she wants. She proves it every month with these style challenges. Sheela looks so glam grunge queen, she even has the tiara to prove it! Head to toe black with just a sprinkle of sparkle, makes her look so hip and cool any decade. Yes Sheela is the queen of Fab 40's and I am so happy to be in her court!

Ann of Kremb De La Kremb is grunge!! She lived it in Seattle in the 90's! Her look is spot on with the polka dot dress, knee highs and beanie. That's exactly how I would have dressed in the 90's given they made cool clothes in my size. Yup Ann I do envy your time spent in Seattle 90's grunge era. You must share some of you stories with me one day! 

Jennie of Pocketful of Polk Dots looks so fierce and fabulous in her grunge look. A floral baby doll dress is like the default grunge wardrobe staple. Her jacket and tights give her look an edge while still keeping it feminine. Can I just say how much I love her red hair. I've always wanted colorful hair but never had the guts to do it! 

Mary of Curlybyrdie Chirps looks so adorable!  Plaid another essential grunge wardrobe staple, so glad Mary went with a plaid skirt for this look. She also looks like she would fit right in to the movie Singles.  She would be the cute sweet girl who falls in love with the bad boy.  How could any man resist her sweet cool grunge girl look.  Ah Mary even did the holes in her tights, thats totally grunge! 

Sherry of Petite Over 40 is our guest blogger this month.
She may be petite in size but she is big on style.
Sherry lives in the motherland of grunge...Seattle, WA.  Her look is subtle with touches of grunge, like the plaid shirt, chunky boots and oversize sweater.  I am digging the pattern on her dress, yes thats a dress. It's not your typical print and has a vintage vibe, which I love. Glad Diane introduced us to Sherry's blog.  I can now add her blog to my style inspo file. 

I truly did love this months theme and hope you enjoyed it too. You must go to the all the Fab 40's ladies blogs to read about their grunge look inspiration. These ladies have inspired me so much and look forward to the style challenges each month. Give them all some blog love, click those links and get all the details on their grungy looks. 

Did you listen to grunge music in the 90's? 

What was your style in the 90s?


  1. Yes, Vero. I feel like this month really connected me to you. I resonate with all that you wrote about. Granted I was at a different part of my life, but man, I did NOT want to be like all the other girls, so I never was. I think those years in Seattle definitely played claim to the way I am today. I do not convert. I beat to my own drum. Granted, it's a different drum every day--one day preppy, the next boho, the next flirty, but I like it that way. Oh, I wish you could have gone to those bars with me. We would have had a blast!

    Love, Annie from Kremb de la Kremb

  2. Wow soooo amazing ladys in Grunge Style ♥️

  3. I think this is my favorite look of yours. You nailed the theme!

    1. Thank you, I really got into the whole grunge vibe with this look. It made me feel young and carefree again....LOL

  4. Great outfit! I love all these items, the boots, cardigan and the dress. Thank you for sharing!! Gonna find a similar dress soon!

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