Born in Seattle in the ’80s, grunge music emerged as a subculture of alternative rock. In the ’90s, the genre was brought into the mainstream when Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and of course, Nirvana signed to major record labels. Grunge’s biggest names like Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love not only changed the music scene, but inspired a style legacy of flannel shirts, ripped slip dresses and looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed at noon, in the chicest way possible.
Style wise, grunge now comes in many iterations. The fashion world is no stranger to merging the trend with feminine, athletic, hip hop and bohemian influences to name a few.
We love how some of our favourite stars, both established and new, have brought the genre back — with their own twists.
As Kurt likely turns over in his grave, here’s how some of our favourite stars have re-imagined the trend and kept it fresh over the years.
These celebs are totally bringing the grunge look back
Gwen StefaniThe princess of grunge may have added in some sprinkles of chic and polish in the years, but when it comes down to it, it's Gwen's spunky look (sometimes a little rough around the edges) that has made her a staple in the industry.Getty Images
RihannaOur bad gal Riri makes this relaxed yet stylish way of dressing look better and better every year as she becomes more and more fearless with her style. It's no wonder we’re always swooning over Fenty x Puma. Blue hair and plaid? Sign us up. Getty Images and Instagram/@badgalriri
Adam LevineWhile the Maroon 5 frontman is often seen cleaning up nicely in a suit, on his off time he can be seen in a tattered shirt or two, flannel, denim, or a leather jacket. Getty Images
HalseyThis raspy singer/songwriter is always experimenting with style, often putting a feminine spin on oversized clothing. What can we say? The New Americana singer can seriously rock crop tops and oversized sweaters.Getty Images
Kendall JennerKendall may be a reigning princess of high fashion, but when she’s walking off the runway she’s got her off-duty model style nailed. Clad in denim, distressed tees and cool patches, she’s got the laidback style down pat.Getty Images
Jaden SmithSon of Will Smith, Twitter’s (fresh) prince, budding actor, style icon – Jaden’s already got a lot under his belt. His androgynous take on fashion paired with that grunge je ne sais quois, make him a personality to watch out for.Getty Images
Kanye WestWith a fashion empire at his fingertips, Yeezy has always been at the forefront of fashion. Throughout the years, he's frequently added touches of grunge to his look, blending it with high fashion and effortlessly cool athleisure. Getty Images
KehlaniR&B songstress Kehlani sports the grunge look like it's nobody's business. From her big coats and relaxed trousers to the occasional pant chain, her fresh look paired with her progressive thoughts and stellar vocals make her an icon in the making.Getty Images
Kristen StewartK-Stew’s slick yet edgy take on grunge is kind of our favourite — after all, no one does femme rocker chic quite like she does. Her band tees, smokey eyes and ability to look put-together without even trying makes her a style inspiration in our books.Getty Images
PinkPink remains one of the baddest pop rockers to grace the airwaves and has always done it with her own unique style, often blending punk and grunge elements.Getty Images
Ryan DestinyIf you haven't caught Ryan on Lee Daniels' Star yet, please do because Ryan has a voice to be heard — and style to be seen. She can rock a band tee and bomber jacket like nobody’s business.Getty Images
Zoe KravitzZoe Kravitz has wowed us with her acting and vocal chops — and with her effortless style. We are obsessed with her rocker-off-duty look. Oversized everything? Yes, please.Getty Images