Pastel Grunge: 10 Ways to Rock the Look

Pastel Grunge: 10 Ways to Rock the Look

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Pastel aesthetic is a relatively newish term for mainstream fashion, that’s because it’s an alternative style that is seeping into the mainstream. If you are a Tumblr freak, you are probably already obsessed with pastel grunge and pastel aesthetic style trends and you like to live that glittery, unicorn, sugary sweet lifestyle. Well, pulling it off in that nonchalant, cool girl way is not so difficult anymore. Pastel grunge is really in trend and even when the words “pastel” and “grunge” seem to be contradictory at first; they are actually a fresh street ready combo and now is the perf time to try it out. The lighter hues of pastel in your hair and the essentials of 90s grunge, shining in your attire is what make you a perfect pastel grunge inspired person. It really isn’t as odd as that sounds and ends up looking pretty incredible. If grunge is just too much for you, pastel grunge aka soft grunge is definitely perfectos for you!

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Tumblr is all about aesthetics, isn’t it? It has trended amazingly due to its aesthetical photography and has been a huge inspiration for fashion lovers, photography freaks, and so much more. Pastel grunge is a style born from reblogs, notes, and likes and if you are wishing to opt for this trend, you can definitely hang tight and watch the world compliment you. Anyways, for all the aesthetic lovers and the pastel grunge admirers, here is a guide that will tell you everything about pastel grunge and how you can adopt that fashion style. Upgrade your wardrobe a bit, choose the colors, know what accessories are needed and you are ready to punk it up like a perfect pastel grunge queen. Let’s get started!

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We all know that grunge has some basic essentials that define it. Here are some of those essentials of 90s grunge that are upgraded to pastel and wait wait, we are going in to detail later. Ready to take notes?!? Are you taking notes in a fuzzy diary with a gel pen?! PERFECT, you are on the right path. These are some basic must haves to make your pastel grunge life look perfect:

  • Boots! Thigh high or combat style plz extra point for cute colors
  • Colorful hair- we all know the struggle to maintain beautiful lavender locks, but girl, you look SO GOOD
  • Light colored faux leather jackets- because we are nice to animals and faux leather is better
  • Nose Ring/Face Sequins/Glitter Hair- are you a unicorn? yes?? Perfect.
  • 90s inspired ear piercings- see above, ur face is beautiful and deserves to be bedazzled
  • Fishnets- more pastel!! But like sexy pastel
  • Grunge inspired necklaces or chokers- how can you say no to a holographic choker?! You can’t.
  • Pastel colored lip shades- kiss the boyz and make them cry…sad pastel tears

You don’t need to get all these at once and wear them all while you dress up like a pastel grunge styled person. Try one out at a time mix and match them with your every day look, pretty soon your going to be rocking soft grunge 24/7.


Now to the fun stuff! Pastel grunge is a real thing now and this style is definitely beautiful enough to embrace head to toe. This is an amazing trend for people who do adore 90s inspired grunge, but don’t really want to go all black, dark, and plaid. You can merge the cool grunge style with sweet and fresh pastels and make your very own style statement that makes you look even more unique and amazing.

1. Peek into your Closet:

You really don’t need to buy everything new. (Unless you don’t own anything pastel…then I hope you have a budget). The thing about pastel grunge is that you can use your old wardrobe too because vintage and old school work big time. Get out your mom jeans. Literally right now. Mom jeans, pleated skirts, thigh high socks, old t-shirts, baggy sweaters, anything light pink/purple/blue/yellow/mint is gonna be a go

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Sort out your black outfits and pastel shade outfits and see what you have in stock for yourself. You will see that you have a lot that you can mix and match (Goth and Pastel) to create a great outfit for the day. You can also dye some of your plain tees into pastel shades, because DIY is so hot. Crop tops are really great here and they are definitely pastel grunge aesthetic worthy. This helps you save a bunch of money and you don’t really have to spend endlessly on purchasing things. You can certainly shop for that new new but you might just have what you need to get started!

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2. Choose Your Hair Colors:

Pastel hair is literally all the rage and we have no problem with that. You know you want to be a beautiful pastel mermaid and have perfect rainbow hair. Who wouldn’t?! I can picture the fishtail braid and fairy dust right now Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 5.57.13 PM.png

However, If you have dark hair, then you can stick to that and make your outfit’s pastel grunge inspired. Many people don’t want to mess with their naturally dark hair and spend hundreds of dollars getting the perfect light tone, and that is totally fine, that is what extensions are for honey. Get some pastel clip ins!  You can see a lot of photos on Tumblr where pastel aesthetic photos have girls with black hair too; so don’t freak out. However, if you are looking to get your hair colored in pastel then you need to pick the color. Be very careful and think before you jump into it, because it’s a long and damaging road ahead.

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3. Tights are going to rock your legs:

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Fishnets, tights, leggings; these 3 are your ultimate grunge accessories. These really boost up your pastel grunge aesthetic. Plain light toned tights or light patterned leggings are great, but there is so much that you can experiment with too. Black tights with pastel patterns on them are trending and you can buy them online easily. They can be any kind of cute pattern, but pastel bottoms are going to elevate you to new dimensions.

Wear light colored fishnets with errthang. No kidding. They go with anything.


4. Make that Makeup on Fleek:

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 6.09.58 PM.pngYour makeup has to be a combination of pastel and grunge. Ombre lips are going to be best here as they bring in the lighter and darker shade of the lip color that you want. And well, funky lipsticks are a major style, aren’t they? Can we say holographic makeup?!?! Omg yas

And if you are trying to turn your fashion style into pastel Goth then you definitely need a black lipstick by all means. Mixing dark and light shade of purple or any other dark color can be great. Otherwise, black or purple lip colors are amazing all on their own, to highlight the pastel grunge theme.Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 9.48.55 AM.png

Contrasting makeup is also a major YES for this style and don’t forget that winged eyeliner, as that rocks the entire glam look of pastel grunge!


5. Jewelry is IMPORTANT:

The basic element which will highlight your pastel grunge aesthetic is the jewelry. Grunge accessories are wide in range and you are certainly going to find one that suits you best. It is not going to be that hard to look up for them.

Make sure that you don’t forget a nose ring. Take a temporary one, which you can remove anytime that you wish. You can also get a bunch of nose rings, so you can keep changing them whenever you want and keep them guessing.Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 9.57.27 AM.png

Chokers are definitely in trend and they are here to stay so don’t hesitate while you invest in them.

And since you already have those mom jeans, now you need a dad hat. Extra points for a cute stitch in front. Throw some pins on it and ur so hot right now!Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 10.01.00 AM.png


6. Jacket:

Jackets are a major trend when it comes to pastel grunge aesthetic. You prob already can guess that it needs to be pastel, but the style can range from sporty to rocker to trendy and everywhere in between.Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 10.06.19 AM.png

Try a pastel faux leather jacket for the ultimate cool style

A track jacket is the perfect way to pull together a low key outfit, try to find one with holographic print on it!

Lastly, try to snag a vintage sweater. The weirder the better here, oversized is fine! The key is to be relaxed and cool, and, cool and relaxed.


7. Patterns; play with them:

Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 10.16.02 AM.pngPatterns are a major yes in pastel grunge aesthetic. You will find pastel colored shirts with amazing grunge text or designs on them; these are the ones that you need to pick. If you have plain tees, you can dye them and get your favorite grunge design printed on them. Otherwise, there are a lot of shops online which bring you the perfect aesthetic tees for your pastel Goth outlook.


8. Style your hair:

When your hair is colored in pastel or hues of pastel, it looks irresistibly attractive. You just need to make sure that you style it to showcase the hard work it took you to achieve that wonderful amazing color. You want to keep this color for as long as possible, so don’t wash your hair everyday!

Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 10.24.30 AM.pngYou can create waves with a styling wand and wear it for a couple days, just add a beanie or dad hat.

Somedays you can just put them into a messy bun and rock that style. Your hair can be made up in a braid but still look pretty attractive if you have pastel hues.

Styling your hair is definitely going to extend the color and showcase the work you put in to the look.


9. Don’t forget the shoes:

The pastel grunge back in 90’s was all about the Doc Martens shoe and if you are trying to find the best shoes for this style; you need to look out for a similar style. They are combat boot style and even though a lot of people prefer black boots, when we talk about grunge, you can certainly choose pastel shades too. As the style is themed around pastel grunge, you can have both of the alternatives. If you are wearing a black outfit, you can kill the gothic look with pastel colored boots and your job is done.Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 10.31.23 AM.png

You can also pick pastel hues in sneakers. There are so many out there that come in pastel shades and many have hues of pastel on them. We love the platform sneakers! If you can’t find a perfect pair, think about customizing your own with paint or dye, lace upgrades, and even attaching cute pins.


10. Band Shirts and Denim:

You just don’t buy a band shirt because it suits your pastel grunge style. There is one major rule here; you need to know the band LOL. You are a pastel grunge queen and on top of being fly af, you are also cool. Make sure that you buy band shirts or even bags with song lyrics, only in pastel or grunge color palette. Band shirts look really cool and give the perfect aesthetic that is needed for this style.

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TADA! You are all ready to go and rock the pastel grunge aesthetic look. Pastel grunge is now a widely trending style and thanks to Tumblr, is being spread far and wide. Those eye catching images on Instagram and Tumblr have definitely caught up with us.

With these simple tips, you now have enough knowledge that you can turn your style into a perfect pastel princess. It ain’t that hard really. If you carry it off well, you can be the next Tumblr or Instagram grunge queen who catches all the attention they deserve.

Hashtag #grapesally and show us your outfits!


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