Smells Like Teen Spirit

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Grunge's Greatest Hit Grows Up

“Grunge is ghastly,” fashion critic Suzy Menkes once declared after a 29-year-old designer named Marc Jacobs sent a collection of flannel shirts, floral granny dresses and Dr. Martens down the Perry Ellis runway. The year was 1992. Aside from the widely known career it launched, this collection birthed a cool classic that would sheath an entire generation of angsty teenagers. 


If fall has taught us anything, it’s that the fashion world clearly isn’t over the Nineties yet. Nostalgia fever has reached epidemic levels, with labels like Rochas and Vetements treating us to an array of pieces similar to staples taken from Courtney Love’s closet — all with a sophisticated spin. As a result, an unlikely hero piece emerged from an era celebrated for its edginess: the floral dress.


Florals for fall? Groundbreaking I know, but these throw-on-and-go frocks form the framework for a no-fuss wardrobe, all while sidestepping seasons. Equal parts romantic and rebellious, they demand little to no styling effort and bring an air of femininity to everything from a pair of sneakers to a cozy knit. And even if you think the history of Nineties fashion isn’t worth repeating, I see no better excuse for buying a new dress.