The grunge trend is definitely reemerging this season and is being popularised by the so-called ‘Alt-Girls’ (short for alternative) all over social media – especially on apps like TikTok and Instagram. This trend is the polar opposite to the cutesy cottage core aesthetic we’ve been wearing all summer and is works perfect for the upcoming autumn season, so get ready to give your wardrobe a whole new look. To help you embrace the trending style, we’ve gathered a few style lessons we learnt from some of our favourite alt-girls…

1. The slip dress is an undeniable staple


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Slip dresses are the ultimate staple, especially when it comes to layering. Throw the dress of your choice over a basic T-shirt or add a flannel on top to give it that grunge appeal. Then, try a fun hairstyle and bold makeup look to go with the outfit. If you’re new to the alt-girl aesthetic, this look will be the perfect gateway.

2. It’s all about the accessories


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If there was ever a time to stock up on silver jewellery, it’s now. Think chains, necklaces, chokers, loads of rings and earrings, the more the better (keep scrolling to shop our favourites). Belts and hair accessories add to the look as well, but try sticking to silver hardware to create a cohesive outfit.

3. Chunky boots are a must


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Chunky boots have long made their way into the mainstream, but they’re still an absolute must-have in every alt-girls closet. Wear them with bare legs and a dress or with oversized jeans or trousers to make the look feel right for now. Don’t underestimate how versatile they are, because you’ll want to wear them with everything.

4. Layers should be as unexpected as possible


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Mastering the art of layering will take your alt outfit to the next level. Mesh long sleeves, basic tees and flannels pair perfectly with bikini tops, corsets and crop tops. Start layering slowly and try introducing new fabrics and textures to your wardrobe.

5. Grunge prints are back


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Prints are a huge part of the grunge aesthetic. Go for plaid, graphic tees, dragon appliqués, checks or stripes – the options are endless. Pair a printed statement piece with black staples or look for a printed set as the base of your outfit to make styling super easy.


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