I’ve decided that the answer to AW16 casual dressing might be grunge. Yes you heard me: GRUNGE. There’s a fair amount of it about and I think I might be really good at it this time round, being 13, chubby and skint last time around.
I’m starting with a brown lipstick, this Clinique chubby stick in Graped-Up. It looks much less brown on than in the stick, but still: it’s brown. Lara Flynn-Boyle – I’m coming for you.
Yes, grunge is the way forward. Im devoting more time than I really have to spare to trying to find a good, grungy, oversized chunky cardigan and trying to get my hair to look a bit dirty. I’m being very fussy. I don’t think anything will be able to make me look ‘fragile’ at the moment, but I still want one. Elaine x
Ps. I was an insanely skinny teenager and I reckon probably pulled off grunge pretty well the first time around. Not really any photo evidence though, so I’ll just tell myself that. Better than the gangly truth. Have a vague notion in my head that the rule is if you did a look first time around you’re officially too old for it second? I remember my much older sisters saying this about 80s things that made a revival a while ago. I’ll just ignore it. My mind has now randomly wandered on to Kurt Cobain and feeling really sad.
You should try the clinique shade Black Honey. It comes in a lip stick/gloss fusion they call Almost Lipstick. You can leave it light or pile it on for varying degrees of drama. I love it and it supposedly works on any skin tone. Here’s more about the cult classic https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/clinique-black-honey-its-not-just-for-lips-anymore-97741752848.html
Yes! I wore this throughout the 90s! it was a toss up between that and this x
Oh God, Grunge! I used to have a flowery dress from Gap (when Gap was new and “fancy”) that I wore with woolly tights and ankle length boots. It was a bit of a bugger though because it had buttons all down the front which kept coming undone.
Does this mean that we’re all going to start wearing tiaras with ripped tights soon?
… and baby doll dresses. don’t forget the baby doll dresses… xx
Yeah, I NEVER looked good in baby doll dresses, even when I was 17. So it’s not going to happen now.
I’m so happy about the grunge revival, I can’t tell you. It is pretty much my ideal aesthetic ANYWAY, but now I have a licence to wear DMs and cardigans with holes in. I’m delighted. My lipstick of choice back in the day was Rouge Brun by Bourjois. I wonder if they still make it?
oooh rouge brun, I like the sound of that
Having a baby in a couple of months so will be working grunge by default – if grunge means misshapen oversized faded clothes of questionable cleanliness, I’m going to be all over it.
I am so pleased this is back. I can listen to my 90s music again with clothes to match. I feel it requires some biker style boots but can’t find any nice ones.
That last line really made me laugh! I used to rock a Rimmel Coffee Shimmer and a lumberjack shirt over a polo neck. It rains 9 months of the year in Essex too, so only a stone’s throw in the imagination from Seattle, really.
Ooh, if we are talking 90s lipsticks, then can we start a campaign for Chanel to start making Lune Rousse again? Was first lipstick I bought, and fondly remember being sent to bathroom to wash it off by Saturday job boss.
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Oh, lovely Esther – always on point. I loved Clinique’s Chubby Stick first time round – my fave was Blue Jam. Weird name, but a fabulous dirty berry stain – the sort of thing Lara Flynn Boyle would’ve worn to seduce Gabriel Byrne (in my Twin Peaks fantasy remake).
Of course Clinique then discontinued the bloody shade. Loved it so much, I wrote to the then beauty editor at The Times magazine in the hope she could help resurrect it…and even had my letter published!…but to no avail. So, Sarah Vine (yes, really. How is that even possible??), if you’re reading this….if you’d only applied the same diligence to the lipstick remain campaign as you did to hubby/Brexit and shouted “Do not concede on any ground. Be your stubborn best” at Clinique, then maybe we’d all be better off now, and far more smooch-worthy to boot.