As a shamelessly proud product of the 90’s I will always have a sweet spot for flannels, doc martens, and rage. Question I found myself asking, especially a couple of years ago when floral baby doll dresses worn with shredded stockings a la Courtney Love made a serious (how could it be taken seriously) comeback, was how I would interpret this trend the second time around, or if I would at all!
Since some do stand by the good old rule, if you’ve done it once you’re probably too old to do it again, I did question my inclination towards diving head first into the trend again. At this point in my life I’ve matured to enjoy a sleeker and far more polished look and wasn’t even sure I needed to go there with it, but temptations and nostalgia high, I found a pair of doc martens at salvation army for 10 dollars and bought them. I wore them a few times, with skinny jeans and plaid shirts, but something about it just didn’t feel right. Although I could distinctly remember what I loved about them when I was teenager, it wasn’t the same. We gazed solemnly into each others eyes, knowing that what we had shared was great, but also that it was time to move on. So I quickly gave those away and went back without regret to my Justin lace up boots and other vintage boots that had since become my babies.
Point of this all is that we form intense attachments to influential time periods of our lives (such as our teen years) and sometimes material things from those days end up having such a strong emotional effect on us which often clouds our judgement. I should have known better than to start wearing doc martens again, yet the urge to reconnect to those days overpowered my common sense.
Lucky for us this year, grunge reared its ugly (yet awesome) head back out again, this time though, much more refined, think Kate Moss and Winona Ryder. Leaving us mature ladies with far more workable and contemporary looks to indulge our nostalgia in. I can do it this time, and not feel like a dumb ass. The key I think is to take elements of the trend that seamlessly infuse into your current wardrobe, and subtly nod to the trend, rather than embrace it full force. Below I pay a homage to my 90’s alternative chick days with a beat up Kurt Cobain tee, a vintage varsity sweater and tons of layered silver necklaces, yet I still look very 2013.
Outfit Details: Kurt Cobain tee (find here); Vintage oversized cardigan (find here); Skinny Jeans (Urban Outfitters); Boots (Pamela Love for Nine West) Bag (Vintage); Jewelry (some thrifted, some vintage, some borrowed).