Sunday, January 31, 2010

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Let's rewind back to 1994, and ask why I couldn't look like this when I was a teenager and grunge was cool the first time around?

Now, I'll admit, I am still not cool....but put this outfit and picture next to my 15 year old self, and I'm like 50x cooler NOW than I was then. (Crap, if only I had a scanner I could throw up some pics of my 15 year old self so you'd see just what I mean).

Seriously though, can grunge just come back in full force? That would be awesome, thanks!
I'd have no problem if dressing like this was completely on trend for everyday. If only the "comfort-cool gods" could hear my request...
Ok, so really, this outfit only came about because I had borrowed this vintage Chanel onsie to style up for Dusty Rose Vintage.
(sorry ladies, the union suit was up on the site for a HOT NY MINUTE before it was SOLD! So it's no longer available--but they obviously have a lot of items up for grabs, so it never hurts to see what's new in their store.)

I couldn't just run around wearing a onsie, I needed to layer it up (I mean picture me, in a union suit, nothing else...ok-don't picture that! All I'm saying is it was a bit "Al Swearengen-esque" for all of you that ever caught an episode of Deadwood--uh seriously, you missed out if you did not watch it....the Wild West never looked so tempting!)

So on with the denim cut-offs and some fingerless gloves because it was downright frigid in my house anyway. The gloves were kinda multi-task items for me--keepin' the hands warm, while helping out with the one-piece button-up.
And next up, because what would a grunge-inspired outfit be without a flannel shirt?
I went shopping in BF's closet--and YES! He had this amazingly soft and thick vintage flannel so I secretly pulled it out while he played video games then retreated to the back of my apartment so he couldn't see me with his shirt.
And there you go folks--my take on the "Grunge" look.
If only I had that little accessory known as Johhny-freakin-Depp to tote around on my arm like I was Winona Ryder, well I'd be all set!
So my fellow fashion girls...who loves it? Will you work with me to bring this style back into full force? I feel that over the past few seasons the designers have dabbled in the idea-but no one has really, completely, perfectly conveyed, that they are indeed channeling the likes of Kurt Cobain all over again. You know what I'm saying?

But for those that lived thru it once already-you cannot deny that it was kinda a skeezy-hot way to dress; I mean a little dirty and rough around the edges, but super comfy and casual cool (kinda what I am constantly going for)all at the same time.

And for all those younger girls that don't fully know what I'm talking about you should give it a try and show us what you come up with. I'd love to see a fresh, not-so jaded take, on this look.
(For all those young girls who knew me when I was 15, PLEASE do not use me in my teenage years as a style reference--yikes! I was a hot mess of a dresser back then...SewMeSomeLove can attest to this if it seems hard to believe. Oh one is doubting me on this, of course I was a crappy dresser; weren't we all at one point in our lives?)
*Gray vintage Chanel one-pc. union suit-(no longer available)Dusty Rose Vintage
*Plaid vintage flannel-from BF's closet
*Denim cut-off shorts-DIY to an old pair of GAP jeans
*Brown slouchy suede boots-Carlos Santana
*Black fingerless gloves-Xmas present
*Gold "BESTIE" necklace-Fred Flare (the other half was given to my BFF of course)
*Gold necklace w/leather strap-street jeweler in Soho

So tell me..."GRUNGE", love it or hate it?

On a side note, I just want to give a big THANK YOU to Tuesdai Noelle (I googled her after receiving my blog and she's got an amazing story...yes Tuesdai, I googled you! I am very impressed with what I found) from "A Reflection by Tuesdai" for putting together this award and then naming me one of its recipients. To my knowledge she just recently came across my blog and vice versa--I now enjoy her almost daily comments and my almost daily visits to her blog. She always has some uplifting, pretty, cute, or inspirational photo with a quote to match and its enough to make anyone smile. I particularly liked a recent photo of lots of cupcakes she was enough to make anyone want a cupcake right then and there and to add a big smile to your day!
And besides, who wouldn't want a lovely picture of Ms. Holly Golightly and Cat on their blog? This is one of my favorite images associated with "Breakfast at Tiffany's" so it's perfect!


jane st. clair said...

i am TOTALLY on board with bringing grunge back, especially if it's going to look like this. i LOVE this look on you! i am jealous that your bf has this shirt and that you get to borrow it, even if in secret.

Jessica said...

Love that one-piece, the buttons are perfect!

junebabie said...

I think you look awesome!

I don't think I could pull off a grunge look very often, but I fully support your campaign to bring it back. :o)

cadencesmama said...

Great outfits! Grunge looks great on you! Don't you love denim shorts?!

Lara said...

Agh! Grunge DOES need to come back. I think I spent all of junior high in this oversized quilted flannel that I stole from my dad. I miss those days. I miss the music. Not that I dont like my current selection of indie but, how can I not miss the days of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stabbing Westward, Nirvana, etc etc. I was never cool either. My grungeness bled into punk and ska when I was in high school and that went to indie... I am a lot hotter now though... Ha!

Lara said...

PS. We should start a "Post what you would have worn in High School" campaign with bloggers. That would be great!

Clare said...

Well, I think that grunge is totally coming back, and you are channeling it perfectly!

Tuesdai Noelle said...

I love it! Aha, I feel you on "standing next to my 15 year old self,' perhaps, that's why I wear high heels and trendy blazers, to give me some distinction from me @ 15 and now.....I miss those years, but there's nothing better than being over 21...but a slice of pepperoni pizza aha :)
This outfit is just cute! Too bad flannel just stares at me like "..uhhhhh, you're not really going to sport me today, are you?!" I always answer "..well, let's just see ::please smile::: Never works out that well. But I still want to try and bring it back!

And thanks for the lovelyyyyyyy words and for the google ha :)......The cupcake was actually a desktop background, unitl I couldn't take to see that much sweets in the morning....lovely, but now I have beautiful jewerly. I'll have to do a post on "Desktop backgrounds"...i have some funny ones.

lamia said...

I totally agree with you, let'zs bring grunge back!!!
BTW, Love your outfit!!!

Laura said...

I would definitely be ok with grunge coming back! I was a preppy sort of kid back in the day so I missed out on it! While everyone else was wearing grunge I was still wearing leggings and jeans without holes. =) Bring on the flannel!

katrina said...

put you could go out like that, because you look so effing gorgeous here!

yoli said...

love it!

Krimly said...

yeah, I like your grunge look!!
You look gorgeous!


Isquisofrenia said...

dont worry girl hahhah
but let me tell you this outfit i love!!!

love how your wearing everything!!!

Style of a Fashionista said...

You look like glam grudge that is what we need back grudge with a touch of glam. Love this outfit so much and you look amazing xoxo

Indy said...

Wow, I love this look! I looks so casual chic I can't get over it! Well done!

I adore you tights in the last post, too!

Anonymous said...

Nickie, you make grunge look so glamourous! If it comes back like this, I am all for it.

Much love,

Leproust Vintage said...

I freaking love the grunge! I too missed out on the trend the first time around, but I am definitely loving it now!

How awesome is that onesie!?

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love your blog. :)

Your outfit is so HOT!! Grunge is a friend to you, trust me. Who cares if it doesn't come back. You don't need it to. You should dress like that all the time and people will just follow suit!

And congrats on the award! Truly well deserved b/c you are so fabulous!

Kodi Fujii said...

that one peice suit is probably the most amazing thing i have ever seen. SOOO CUTE!

kellywanhainen said...

i seem to remember you having really cool, colorful bras..and didn't you have a glow in the dark retainer with glittery stars in it? hahaha i always wanted a cool retainer..but i just ended up with a crap plastic one.

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Perez said...

You look like glam grudge that is what we need back grudge with a touch of glam. Love this outfit so much and you look amazing xoxo

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