**Disclaimer** - I am in no way saying that I'm an expert in soft grunge (or any style). I am simply expressing what i have come to understand what soft grunge is.
Okay, Soft grunge. Well what is it? It's an alternative style that comes from grunge (i'll make a Style? What? How? on it later) which basically has a feminine vibe. There are more pastels and girly touches to the outfits. Soft grunge became popular through the world of Tumblr and was made famous because many teens and young adults fell in love with this style.
Now that we know a little bit about it, let's start with how you can dress soft grunge. First of all, pastels and black are your favourite colors. There are lots of edgy pieces mixed with soft, girly ones. Skirts and tights are a must. Also, cute sweaters or creepy shirts. Plaid and huge sweaters are a must in this style; as well as knit thigh high socks with skirts and dresses. Definitely buy a lot of your clothes from thrift stores and other small buisnesses.
Ripped clothes, bleached clothes, and cool designs are also populare in soft grunge. Jewelry isn't super huge in this style, so if you must, I advise that you wear some spiked or lace braclets/necklaces. Cool bags are good (totes/handbags). You can get one from a thrift shop. Flower crowns are also perfect (every girl should have one IMO). Another must are circle sunglasses (think John Lennon).
Shoes: Definitely Creepers, Doc Martens and other combat boots could work as well. I've seen them everywhere. Plus, you can get knock off's that look almost the same for very cheap.
Makeup and hair are really quite simple. Makeup is a lot of times, pale skin, dark eyes, with red lips, or purple, black, etc. As for hair goes, it's typically long and dyed either white, blond, black, or pastel. If you really aren't up to it, any hair color should do.
Before I forget, a few other key elements are cats and any horror/grunge music items. If you would like me to go more in depth with any of these categories, just comment below.
Okay now to lifestyle and being.
Music is anything grunge, indie, or alt rock. But listen to whatever you like best. You should definitely invest some time on Tumblr. Another thing that is very popular in this style is that the girls are very thin. I personally think it's okay but if you love your body then you can still dress this way. There is no weight limit.
It seems to me that everyone in this style smokes cigarettes. You dont have to if you don't want to. Truthfully, this style is more about fashion then lifestyle to me. Basically, there's an "I don't give a shit" attitude and just live your life like an adventure.
Before i end this blog, another quick thing is to have inspirations. I have a few for you to look into. First of all Chloe Norgaard, although she is more hippie. She is still very cool and helpful for what you are looking for. Another is Audrey Kitching - she's just amazing. Also Grav3yardgirl (yes that "three" is suppose to be there). Check out her YouTube channel under the same name. You can find inpiration on many sites like Tumblr, WeHeartIt, & Pintreset.
I hope this helped! Farewell apricots <3
What do you think of Soft Grunge?