While perusing my local mall this week, I noticed that grunge is making its cyclical comeback. I remember grunge back in 1991, my freshman year of college, Smells Like Teen Spirit was #1 on the Billboard charts and my token outfit was cutoffs, fishnet tights, a lace cami, my dad’s old flannel and a pair of work boots with writing all over them. It was cheap and completely DIY.
I think that’s what’s bothering me about whole “neo-grunge” thing. I’m seeing spiked jackets, flannel shirts and pre-worn cutoffs going for a mint at the mall, and it really seems the antithesis of everything there was about the original grunge. It was totally DIY back then. Same with punks, goths and rivets. There were so few clothing outlets available for niche subcultures, so we all dove into whatever Goodwill had to offer.
To this day, I rarely buy anything at the mall that isn’t already marked down on clearance or deeply discounted. I love outlet shopping and thrifting (as can be shown by my many haul pictures). I buy used clothes and make my own patches. I love to spend time looking for outfits online, and deconstructing them in my head so that I can build what I love once I have my sewing machine.
What happened to the uniqueness of grunge, goth and punk? Where is the “I made it mahself!” attitude? When did it become ok to simply flash plastic at the local mall to make an outfit look like you bought it at Goodwill? It makes no sense to me!
I’d love to know, how many of you are DIYers? Are you more likely to buy something off the rack? Clearance or full price? What about thrift stores? What happened to the joy of having that one item or outfit that you know nobody else is ever going to have? Do you really want to pay top dollar to for clothes that look like they were dragged out of a dumpster?
I don’t know. Sometimes I think the creativity has been squeezed out of the fashion world like an overripe orange. You decide. Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Ta!
Hi, folks! Went to Plato’s Closet for the first time today and was really impressed with the sheer volume of clothing and accessories they sell. First I perused their bags and purses. I saw a few things I liked, but I didn’t want to spend $12 on the cute plaid messenger bag (maybe I’ll go back and get it another time). I saw a pair of Cons that I considered getting, but skipped it this time. The men’s jeans were all too big and baggy for my tastes, so I skipped those too. I hit up the huge wall-o-tshirts, and found a few that I really liked. I also picked up a purple plaid button down shirt, and a small shirt for my partner’s teen daughter. Instagram pics below:
Purple Plaid Button Down Shirt – Cost: $3
“Black” tshirt – Cost $3
Neon Skullies tshirt – Cost: $6
Bleeding Heart tshirt – Cost $6
Anarchist Closet is a one-woman shop located here in Tampa, and is known as a thrift store for those of the gothic or punk persuasion. They have a great selection, some awesome costume options for the upcoming Halloween holiday, and tons of shoes! The owner is amazing, too. I only bought 3 things for myself (the majority of our fashion budget went to my partner’s daughter, who spent about $150 on herself!). They also accept orders on footwear, and have a great selection to choose from. This time around I picked up:
Green army jacket – boy do I have plans for this one! I’ve already priced some gunmetal black spikes for the shoulders, and added a patch to the chest (more to come!). Cost: $10
Dead Kennedy’s patch. Cost: $4. Love DK and had to make them the first addition to my collection.
Skully and spike belt buckle. Having worn this for almost a week now, I can say that it’s probably pewter. I know this because I have an allergy to nickel, and most belt buckles cause a reaction with my skin. I haven’t had any such problem with this nifty looking buckle. Cost: $5.
I have another patch (a transgender one) on it’s way from Etsy to add to the jacket, and I’ll be purchasing the spikes soon from Studsandspikes.com
Can’t wait to hit up another thrift store soon! Stay tuned!