How to Transform Feminine, Bohemian Pieces into a Grunge Look | A Rose in Bloom
how to mix bohemian and grunge
You guys, I was not very motivated to write this week. I'll be honest - I'm just tired. I'm not one of those bloggers who has a list of things to teach and chooses her outfits accordingly. No, I photograph outfits that make me feel happy and then see if there is something to come from it. Usually, I also wear a lot of the same pieces because my core wardrobe makes me so happy that there is no reason not to restyle, restyle, restyle. Why spend my hard earned money on new clothes when I already have so many beautiful pieces to love? So here is this slip, yet again, but with a twist I've never used before - for this slip at least. A 90s grunge-esque look.  So that's it, let's talk about grunge.
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Dress: Free People Voile and Lace Trapeze Slip
Shirt: Thrifted
Socks: Free People Fidler Tall Sock
Shoes: Betsey Johnson 

Turning this feminine slip into a 90s grunge look was not as hard as it seems. In fact, it was quite an accident. One of those "what the heck do I wear today" days. When I don't know what to wear, and know that I do NOT want a jeans and tee basic look, I grab one of these slips (that I own in three colors - for shame!) and make something out of it. Today, I grabbed my favorite thrifted black tee, put on some denim cutoffs (key for these see through pieces) and threw on this slip. Wearing my worn out boots that should really be replaced soon only added the grunge aesthetic I had then created. Then again, my grunge looks are typically happy accidents, so why should I be surprised?

I will say, though, that I love when I can add grunge to my more feminine pieces. It feels inspiring, versatile, and because I associate grunge with fall, gets me excited now that the leaves are turning and the temperatures are cool enough for tall socks but not so cool that I need a jacket everywhere I go. In other words: the world is perfect right now.

So do yourself a favor, get out there and transform your own lacy, feminine pieces into something grungey. Throw on an old shirt that looks like crap with a cute dress. Put on your all too worn out combat boots. Sit around in a scruffy looking alley way. Maybe grab a cute floral skater dress with a cropped sweater and Doc Martens. Even ripped cutoffs with a plaid shirt and grimey tank top will transform any style into grunge. Let your hair be messy and just don't give a crap.

How do you like to do grunge best? I'm thinking of having a series of grunge related fashion posts, maybe for November since I already have plans for October. Would that interest you?

P.S. I really do need new boots though. Any suggestions for non Doc combat boots that are high quality? Docs make my feet look huuuuuuuge.

17 comments

  1. I love the grunge look too, and always feel like I overthink/overdo it. I also love that this look makes it a little more work friendly (i work at a liberal place).

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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    1. I have a liberal dress code too so I actually did wear this to work, hah. But I agree, it's a little more classy than ripped jeans and baggy flannels.

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  2. Aw, now I totally want to rock a grunge look! I NEED a pair of combat boots. :D

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    1. Yes! You do. I actually just ordered the women's Corcoran jump boots off Amazon. They are a little pricey but very, very good quality, can be resoled, and are incredibly comfortable. Combat boots are my favorite shoe for fall and winter.

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  3. Love this dress so much paired with the thigh high stockings. It is bad that I immediately thought this dress was from Free People? Clearly I shop there too much! Looking absolutely lovely, girl!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Girl, I've been buying Free People clothes here and there for 8 years. I know it when I see it too, haha! The only downside is people think I have a lot of money and I've gotten some snide comments before about how much FP stuff I own, but ultimately it's none of their business and, like I said, I have an 8 year collection buying 2-3 pieces a year on average.

      But I seriously wear too much FP and need to branch out lol.

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  4. Looooooooovee the look!! Grunge and bohemian go together so well :)
    Have a nice weekend! xo

    tingsenlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend yourself!

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  5. I love that you're not one of those bloggers with things to teach ;) You're a fabulous free spirit and so unique and just "you". It's awesome! This is such a cool idea, you've transformed this rad dress from feminine to grunge so perfectly and it is the most stunning fall look with that edgy twist. And hell yeah to grunge related posts <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Aww thanks! I am glad people ain't looking for lessons. Save that stuff for school! Yep, I think November is going to be grunge month. I am hoping for it!

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  6. Aww hope you don't lose your passion and continue to write posts! I think everyone gets tired once in awhile but keep it up! I love your outfit and this grunge look. If you want to do more grunge posts go for it as long as you are also interested yourself! :)

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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    1. Nah, I just get tired sometimes, but that's why I try to write whenever the muse hits me - that way, even if I'm exhausted, I do try to have a post ready!

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  7. I associate grunge with fall, too! And also with "My So Called Life" haha
    I love this grunge look! I also love that your slip has a bit of edge to it...I have the same slip in a salmon color and I swear it just looks like I'm wearing pajamas out. I used to own a very similar pair of boots as you (pretty much the EXACT same style) and they were from Fossil. They lasted me a good few years. Not sure if they still sell a style like that, but it's worth checking out. Now I wear Docs and it is true that they are pretty massive, but I love mine and they are so darn comfortable!

    xx Chrystin
    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Hello, late replies ahoy! Anyway, major <3 for My So Called Life. Ha! I have this slip in white and blue as well so I know what you mean about pajamas. To me, the white one sometimes resembles a nightgown if I don't style it properly... weird. And I actually did find some combat boots! By Corcoran and they are pretty sweet. Not sure when they're showing up on the blog, but they will be here! I would have at least considered Docs but my husband hates them for some reason. Not that he rules my choices or anything, but he really hates they way they look... weird man.

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  8. Not only does this outfit have a cool grunge look, but I love that it's also reminiscent of the Victorian Era. I think it's the combo of your tall socks with your lace-up boots! It has an 1880s look, which I think is so fun!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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    1. Oh man, I kinda see some steampunk vibes now! Hella cool!

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  9. i love this look! i like to think of my style as a mix between grunge and boho too so i would wear this in a heartbeat :)

    http://essentiallyshannon.blogspot.com/

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