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For other uses, see Cyber Grunge (Disambiguation).


Cyber Grunge is an aesthetic that combines Grunge, Streetwear, and Y2K Futurism, sometimes with slight military influences, and is most prevalent in China and South Korea. It is characterized by bold silhouettes, utilitarian features, and an infusion of futuristic elements.

As a fashion it is largely based around the utilization of "subversive basics", or simple clothing with alternative or avant garde details such as cut-outs, mesh, and pockets. The influence of Y2K is also incredibly common in the style, with the accessories, prints, and silhouettes being from this era.

Visuals[]

  • Camo
  • Grimy urban streets
  • Grey sidewalks
  • Local gas stations
  • Crosses
  • Stars
  • Skulls

Fashion[]

Cyber Grunge seamlessly blends elements of rebellion, urban edge, and a touch of Y2K nostalgia. The fashion style borrows from the concept of "subversive basics" and the preference for the earthy, muted color palette often associated with Grunge, including browns, greens, and greys. An utilization of layered androgynous clothing with a mix of oversized and distressed items are characteristic for Cyber Grunge. Wearing large headphones, goggles, or other futuristic accessories enhance the overall look.

Tops, Bottoms, and Dresses[]

  • Crop tops (most commonly tank tops)
  • T-shirt
  • Maxi and mini skirt
  • Cargo pants
  • Track pants

Footwear[]

  • El Dantes Boots
  • New Rock Boots
  • Gordon Jack Platforms
  • Swear Alternative
  • Destroy
  • Shelley's
  • Demonia
  • Buffalo
  • The ART Company
  • El Naturalista
  • Sella
  • Madfish
  • Roxy

Accessories[]

  • Necklaces akin to Fairy Grunge (pearl, handmade, etc.)
  • Stockings

Hats[]

  • Bucket hat
  • Baseball cap
  • Knit beanie

Outer Garments[]

  • Cardigan
  • Cropped jackets

Textures, Materials and Miscellaneous[]

  • Mesh and sheer clothing
  • Layering
  • Jeans

Media[]

Movies[]

  • Bratz Fashion Pixiez (2007)
  • Chungking Express (1994)
  • Fallen Angels (1995)
  • The Matrix series (1999-2021)

Anime & Manga[]

  • Cowboy Bebop (1998-1999)
  • Death Note (2003-2006)
  • Nana (2000-2009)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)
  • Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
  • FLCL (2000-2001)

Music[]

Musical Artists[]

  • Radiohead
  • Deftones
  • Weezer
  • The Cure
  • The Smiths
  • Mitski
  • Gorillaz
  • Lamp
  • Nirvana
  • beabadoobee
  • Boâ

Common Misconceptions[]

Cyber Grunge has mistakenly been called "Acubi" on social media, although this term refers to Acubi Club, a Korean fast fashion chain. The misconception likely arose from Acubi Club selling Cyber Grunge clothes.

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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