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Fairy Grunge is a mix of the Fairycore and Grunge aesthetics. This aesthetic was popularized predominantly by creators on TikTok and other social media platforms, but has strong roots in early 2000s YA fairy fandom (particularly the works of Holly Black).

Given the goals and themes of Fairy Grunge, it could be viewed as a natural evolution of the Kinderwhore aesthetic (which also has deep ties with Grunge), but goes for more of an ethereal and Hot Topic-influenced twist.

Visuals[]

  • Rocks, stones
  • Forests, woods
  • Walking paths
  • Abandoned houses
  • Earthy tones
  • Torn clothes
  • Outdoors
  • Night skies
  • Gothic-inspired aspects of nature
  • Fae and fairies

Fashion[]

The Fairy Grunge fashion often tends to include:

  • Oversized t-shirts or hoodies
  • Maxi or mini skirts
  • Nightgowns
  • Corsets
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Patterned mesh tights or fishnets
  • Knee high socks
  • Leg warmers
  • Platform Demonia shoes
  • Fairy wings
  • Elf ears (sometimes)
  • Large cargo pants

Subgenres[]

Fairy Hippie[]

Fairy Hippie, as the title implies, is hippie fashion with magic and fairy-based accessories and visuals, as well as the occasional reference to Kinderwhore or grunge fashion.[1]

Media[]

Film and Television[]

  • Bratz Fashion Pixiez
  • W. I. T. C. H.
  • Winx Club
  • Strange Magic

Literature[]

Exclusively found in early 2000s fairy-centered YA literature:

  • Modern Faerie Tales trilogy by Holly Black
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefwater
  • The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Artists[]

  • Amy Brown
  • Jessica Galbreth

Music[]

Artists[]

  • Nirvana
  • The Regrettes
  • PinkPantheress
  • Mitski
  • Hole
  • Crystal Castles
  • Clairo
  • Le Tigre
  • Pastel Ghost
  • The Oh Hellos
  • The Crane Wives
  • Ratwyfe
  • Hozier
  • Melanie Martinez (PORTALS era)
  • Elita Harkov
  • Rachel Rose Mitchell
  • Lilithzplug
  • Yaelokre

Songs[]

  • "Soldier, Poet, King" by the Oh Hellos
  • "Head in the Ceiling Fan" by Title Fight
  • "Leni" by Crystal Castles
  • "Nimbasa CORE" by plasterbrain
  • "Jealous" by Eyedress
  • "Deceptacon" by Le Tigre
  • "Violet" by Hole
  • "All The Things She Said" by t.A.T.u.
  • "Lovers Rock" by TV Girl
  • "Alewife" by Clario
  • "Alien Blues" by Vundabar
  • "The Perfect Girl" by Mareux
  • "Constellations" by the Oh Hellos
  • "The Moon Will Sing" by the Crane Wives
  • "The Leanover" by Life Without Buildings
  • "moment" by Vierre Cloud
  • ”FAERIE SOIRÉE” by Melanie Martinez
  • "Harpy Hare" by Yaelokre

Playlists[]

Resources[]

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

Blogs[]

Tiktok Creators[]

Vendors[]

Gallery[]

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