Trend Alert: How You Too Can Embrace 'Nouveau Grunge'

From military jackets, to flannel, to trainers that look better beaten up, here's how to achieve that ​high-end Cobain look

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From the haute monde of the Paris catwalk scene to the skateboarding street urchins of New York, fashion both high and low has taken on a decidely '90s feel in recent months, with band t-shirts, ripped jeans and military influences all back in style.

Championed by brands like Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs, as well new kids Off White and Fear of God, the aim is to channel the insouciant scruffiness of punk and grunge icons like Johnny Rotten and Kurt Cobain, but without the heroin abuse and bleak emotional breakdowns.

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We're calling it 'Nouveau Grunge' (very fashion), and showing you how to get the look. 

1 | Field Jacket

Sporting a wallet chain is probably one grunge move too far,though.
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Originally found within the dark recesses of military surplus stores, the field jacket has seen a spike in popularity of late thanks to its versatile, utilitarian aesthetic. Buy it a size large and wear it constantly if you want to look the battered, carefree part.

Paul Smith Khaki Cotton and Linen Blend Field Jacket, £400, paulsmith.co.uk

MKI Badge Fatigue Overshirt, £65, mkistore.co.uk

2 | Flannel Shirt

Yes, we know she's a woman, but Kristen Stewart is one of the best proponents of modern grunge: Flannels, leather jacket and band t-shirts all being staples in her wardrobe.

The item most synonymous with grunge, the red and black flannel was a staple in every teenager's wardrobe during the 90s, and while it has never really gone away, over the past year it has entered back into trendy territory - especially when paired with black jeans and work boots.

Givenchy Slim-Fit Western Shirt, £410, mrporter.com

Levi's Flannel Worker Shirt, £65, levi.com

3 | Ripped Black Jeans

We'd recommend against copying Zayn's hair, though.

It's extremely easy to veer from edgy into embarrassing wannabe when it comes to ripped jeans. The key is for the colour to be consistent - no acid or distressed wash - and to not have too many rips. One or two around the knee is just fine. 

Rag & Bone Skinny-Fit 1 Distressed Jeans, £165, mrporter.com

Topman Black Ripped Skinny Jeans, £40, topman.com

4 | Well Worn Trainers

Singer, Frank Ocean going for some tried and true footwear on the red carpet.

An essential in any carefully curated  entirely thoughtless grunge wardrobe is a beaten up pair of classic trainers. Opt for a skate style in a neutral colour, and make sure you don't go too expensive. You're going to want them to look like you've attended a thousand underground punk gigs, even if you're just wearing them to the pub.

Vans Vault OG LX, £79, endclothing.com

Chuck Taylor All Star '70, £65,converse.com

5 | Band T-shirt

Chet Faker on stage at Latitude Festival in a Smiths t-shirt.

The once humble band t-shirt has had a cosmetic makeover of late, graduating from second hand shops and makeshift merchandise stands to the backs of Bieber, Kanye and seeimngly every other celebrity of 2016; becoming a legitimate designer item along the way.

If you're looking to channel the look without the slightly tragic insincerity, then a graphic t-shirt with a band feel is a solid alternative.

Off-White 7 Opere T-shirt, £165, offwhite.com

Our Legacy Misanthropic Love T-shirt, £100, ourlegacy.com

6 | Military Boots 

Kanye West in the classic red velvet hoodie and military boot combo.

Anothe grunge item adopted from army uniforms is the military boot. Opt for a pair in black leather with a chunky rubber commando sole for a hard-wearing and on-trend piece of footwear that will serve you well. 

Burberry Polished-Leather Boots, £575, mrporter.com

Dr Martens 1460 Smooth Boots, £105, drmartens.com

7 | Pin Badges

ASAP Rocky sporting a heavily-pinned Dior suit.

Originally adorning the backpacks and jackets of music-obsessed youth, pin badges might no longer demonstrate your undying love for Nirvanna, but they are a good way of adding some flair to leather and denim jackets, and even the lapels of a suit if you want to make your tailoring appear a bit more 'hip'.

Head Badge by Emma Paolozzi, £30, paulsmith.co.uk

The Quiet Life Up All Night Pin, £7, urbanindustry.co.uk

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