In accordance with the laws of fashion progression, I believe that “grunge” is about to come back in style, since it seems that the “In Living Color opening credits” look is on its way out. I’m always torn when a style of clothing I wear becomes fashionable; on the one hand, it’s easier to find clothes you like, and at prices you can afford (example: I just bought my son two flannels at Target for $10 each). On the other hand, it means that everyone is dressing like you. I’m sorry, I will never completely outgrow the rabid anti-conformist roots of my teens, and the thought of a [shudder] prep wearing Doc Martens makes me furious.
The reemergence of grunge threatens a much more disturbing idea. Depending on your age, you may have noticed that every time a “vintage” fashion comes back around, they get it just slightly off. For example, this new early-90s rewind. How many times have you seen a 15-year-old boy at the mall lately wearing Sebastian Bach skintight black jeans with Reebok Pumps and wanted to shake him by the shoulders? “No, no, they were both worn during the same time period, but not together! Good god, little man, figure out whose look you’re coopting and get it right!” Then there are those make a cariacature of themselves, taking everything to the extreme. Head-to-toe neon and polka-dots, anyone?
So while I’m grateful to be able to stock up on all the staples I’ve been missing at the stores for the last 20 years (lace babydoll dresses? Please?), I’m terrified I’m going to have to stop some little girl on the street and explain why she should not be wearing a vintage Rhythm Nation cap over her midnight blue hair. I guess I’ll just have to shop online for the next year or so.