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Indie Style vs Grunge Aesthetic: What’s the Diff & What to Wear

Indie Style vs Grunge Aesthetic: What’s the Diff & What to Wear

Travis Barker and Machine Gun Kelly meet A$AP Rocky and Kanye West we’re breaking it down for you in detail and showing you how to dress indie, grunge or somewhere right in between!

If you’ve asked yourself what indie aesthetic really means and how to dress indie, it might get a little intimidating trying to figure it out by yourself. You’ll be relieved to know, however, that essentially that is the whole point of indie aesthetic — being independent in yourself, in your vibe and in your very own style. Still a little confused? Well, look at it this way: “indie” is short for “independent” so indie aesthetic comes from the idea of being independent of, and deviating from mainstream culture and trends. This aesthetic is a little more lively and unique. It tends to draw inspiration from alternative music and radiates a young-hearted energy that’s all about enjoying the simple things in life. 

The Difference Between Grunge Fashion & Indie Aesthetic

A lot of people tend to get grunge aesthetic and indie aesthetic confused. This is because they share many similarities in the type of vibe they give off and the style clothing they are typically known for. Grunge and indie fashion are both known for vintage styles, distressed details, individualism and straying from the norm. But despite the similarities, there are very distinct differences. 

Indie Aesthetic: How to Dress Indie

Indie fashion is rooted in the anti-authority rock scene of the 70’s, which is why it is so closely related to grunge aesthetic and widely intermixed today. However, indie style clothes have evolved in today’s fashion scene as, though still uniquely individualized, more spirited and less anti anything. This aesthetic today, also related to hipster culture, tends to have more bold and bright colors in addition to its original dark and muted tones. Indie can also be a combination of Women’s preppy and sporty tops mixed in with flare denim or Men’s hoodies with denim jeans tied in with grunge elements. On the other hand, grunge aesthetic is less metamorphic.

Grunge Aesthetic: How to Dress Grungy

Grunge fashion gives off a very bold and dominant energy — an energy that cannot be ignored. It’s similar to indie as we’ve already discussed with distressed details and individuality, but it is much more of an edgier, tried and true kind of look. Still, there is a reason this aesthetic is also widely intermixed with indie aesthetic and that is because there are variations to this style. If you’re wanting a lighter, more feminine take on this trend, there is what’s known as “soft” and “pastel” grunge. Our favorite way to bring soft grunge to life is with Men and Women’s denim jackets paired with graphic tees and skirts for Women or jeans for Men. These soft grunge outfit ideas incorporate soft, pastel colors to contrast the dark and muted colors of classic grunge outfits.

If you’re ready to revamp your wardrobe check out all the indie and grunge inspired styles in our New Arrivals collection!


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