Saint Laurent It’s Not, Grunge Chic

Whatever your opinions on the new Saint Laurent, you can’t really deny grunge is having a moment right now. While I’m all for wild hair and a general je ne sais quoi, I just can’t bring myself to go all the way with grunge. It’s just not me. Add a bit of a refined element, and sure, I’m there in a heartbeat. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s pretty hipster chic.

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One of my friends has dubbed this my “obese plaid” because, well, it’s just a bit oversized. But I think it works. The key is keeping it open in the front and wearing it with slim trousers. If you’re going with loose in one place, keep it slim and trim everywhere else — or be sure to somehow show off your figure. The tank top I’m wearing is just a bit translucent, which again, shows off just a bit of skin and keeps things interesting.

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I paired mine with a pair of beat up combat boots to again play up the grunge factor. However, since they’re really streamlined and simple, it helps tone down the overall grunge factor. I don’t remember how much I paid for mine, but I got them at a thrift store, and I’m guessing they were less than $20. The High Street may be charging a fortune for the look, but you can easily recreate it at home — and cheaply.

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.