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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 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

Other

Movies/TV

  • Bratz Fashion Pixies
  • W. I. T. C. H.
  • Winx Club

Books

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

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 and sometimes elf ear
  • large cargo pants

Subgenres

Tomboy Grunge

Tomboy Grunge, also known as "y2k grunge", unlike Fairy Grunge (which is closely related to Kinderwhore), has no connection to grunge or kinderwhore. Instead, it draws inspiration from y2k and 2000s japanese fashion, using more monochromatic colors such as white, black, and grey green and a masculine approach than Fairy Grunge.[1]

Music

Artists

  • Nirvana
  • t.A.T.u
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Mitski
  • Hole
  • Bikini Kill
  • Le Tigre


Songs

  • Head in the ceiling fan by Title Fight
  • Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill
  • 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
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Playlists

Resources

Blogs

Tiktok Creators

Gallery

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