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At first glance, grunge and Goth may not always seem the likeliest of bedfellows, particularly if your only previous exposure to this brand of alternative rock has been bedraggled mallgoths in Nirvana T-shirts. The low-maintenance, typically-unkempt appearance of grunge bands and performers does not automatically sit alongside the image hyper-groomed, swirly-eyelinered Victorian and romantic Goths with every inch of spare skin decorated in lace and make-up.
But those of you who have seen younger Goths clad in Nirvana merchandise may well understand how newbies often make the connection between Goth and grunge - grunge music incorporates influences from both punk and metal, and typically features lyrics riddled with angst, alienation and disillusionment. On music forums, more than a few Goths have noted that they enjoy listening to 'classic' grunge bands, such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (who were, notably, inspired by British post-punk bands such as, you guessed it, Bauhaus), Alice In Chains and Mudhoney.
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Some elements of grunge fashion adopted by grunge Goths include:
- layers of clothing, often baggy, and in the case of Goths with a (very) strong tendency towards black. Goths are more likely to add deliberate rips and accessories like fishnets and safety-pins as an indicator of their musical roots.
- ripped denim, again usually black for the Gothically-inclined, possibly with added patches.
- vintage-y tea dresses, possibly floral, often torn and usually worn with shredded tights and combat boots.
- baggy cardigans, probably with holes in.
- Doc Martens, army surplus boots or steel-toed work boots.