High Fashion, College Wallet: ’90s Grunge

As the weather starts to cool down and the leaves change color, it’s time to pull out sweaters and boots and prepare for another New York autumn. Last spring’s Fashion Week showcased dozens of designers’ trends for the upcoming fall/winter season, and it’s finally time to start breaking them out. Some recurring trends throughout the shows including ‘60s inspired silhouettes, chunky knits, and ‘90s grunge.

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From left: Mark and Estel, Emporio Armani, Marios Schwab, Katie Gallagher and Erdem (via Fashionista.com)

The ‘90s have experienced a huge revival as of late and NYU’s Welcome Week was even ‘90s themed this year. On the runway, feminine silhouettes and accessories clashed with gothic-inspired pieces for an unexpectedly glamorous look. Many designers featured fabrics like fur, leather, and velvet, which are perfect for the upcoming fall days. Here are some pointers to bring these grungy throwback styles from the runway to your closet.

For a bold new look for a night out, look to Mark and Estel for inspiration. Wear a simple black maxi dress with lace tights peeking out through the slit. A similar dress can be found at Forever 21 for $22. Pick up lace patterned tights from Forever 21, H&M, or any department store. Try pairing the outfit with chunky gold jewelry to make a statement and complete the look with minimal makeup and a dark lip.


For another look, try cozying up in rich velvet. Mix it with other fabrics like lace, mesh, and leather, to create an unexpected contrast that will surely turn heads. For a runway-approved look, pair the dress with chunky heels. For an extra ‘90s feel, try adding a choker—Etsy sells them for as low as $5.

For a final look that will keep you warm and chic even on the coldest days, channel Marios Schwab and pair a chunky cardigan or jacket with your favorite LBD. For more of a splurge, Urban Outfitters offers several thick cardigans starting at around $50. On a tighter budget? H&M and local thrift shops are stocking up on tons of warm sweaters and jackets—get them before they’re gone. Finish the look with sleek kitten heels and a long necklace.

Gabby Brooks is a contributing writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com.


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