The "Grunge" Aesthetic Is About to Be Everywhere This Fall—Here's What to Buy


(Image credit: Courtesy of Monse, R13, and Burberry)

It is common to see flannels and chunky boots trending during fall, but this time around, it was the styling of said items that birthed the undeniable grunge aesthetic. The '90s look has worked its way back into the wardrobes of fashion gils everywhere over the past couple of years, but all of those nostalgic comebacks finally came to a head this season on the runways. Thanks to brands like R13, Monse, and even Burberry, we have enough inspiration to start assembling grunge looks of our own this fall. 

Ahead, you'll get to gaze upon some of the grungiest looks that came down the F/W 20 runways. Including plaid pieces, platform boots, chain chokers, safety pins, and more, the selection ahead will provide you with the ultimate shopping picks plus a few styling tips along the way. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of Burberry)

The grunge aesthetic really emphasizes that dark-flannel look, and we love how Burberry mixed two different hues and plaids in this outfit. Worn over more delicate silky pieces, such as a slip dress, this look feels so fresh for fall. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of Monse)

Repeat after me: chains, safety pins, and belts. These three details will make or break your attempt at achieving the grunge vibe. Even if you're wearing a simple black suit, the addition of a chunky chain choker and an edgy belt will instantly transform your look. 


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From the cropped and ripped flannel to the buckled leather harness, this look proves that even a ruffled midi skirt and white crystal-adorned pumps can benefit from a little grunge update this season. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of Alexander McQueen)

Leather and a classic plaid look perfect when paired together. While this particular ensemble reads more elegant, the addition of chunky boots would edge it up in all the right ways. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of Monse)

This one needs no explanation. A long '90s slip dress, chain choker, and combat boots are a surefire way to win at this trend. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of R13)

Got an old moto jacket lying around in your closet somewhere? Then whip it out, pair it with some trousers and Dr. Martens, and you've got yourself an easy grunge-approved fall look. 

Lauren Eggertsen
Editorial Director

"Copy (200 words): Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Where and has worked at the company for nearly seven years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Sydney Sweeney, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox. 

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, and Milan, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as,, and She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.