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Grunge Match

Topman, Rag & Bone, and celebs like Justin Bieber are nodding to the '90s grunge style.

If we didn’t know better, we’d say it was spring 1992 in Seattle, everyone looking fresh from a Mudhoney show.

At least that’s the vibe we’re getting from menswear designers and on-the-pulse fashinistos these days. It’s more than just the look—the bedhead hair, deconstructed flannel layers, and Cobain sweaters. Millennials are experiencing their first wave of true nostalgia, and unrepentant nods to ’90s culture are popping up everywhere, with the return of Twin Peaks, Bieber dropping trou like Marky Mark for Calvin Klein, and TV shows like Hindsight, which sends its hero back to the ’90s to “do things differently.”

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Rick Owens and Rag & Bone are on the crest of this grunge wave, and pieces by retailers like Topman send you back in time.

Of course, at the end of the day, a proper ’90s nod starts from the ground up, with a pair of Dr. Martens. They’ve got tricked-out new styles, but we say go with the classic lace-ups.


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