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Pastel Grunge is an aesthetic that rose to prominence on Tumblr and Lookbook in the early 2010s. This aesthetic takes the edgier, more rough side of Grunge and other more hardcore aesthetics, and combines them with the softer, more romantic and feminine aspects of styles such as Pastel Goth. It's also influenced by the Heroin Chic style of the 1990s, and, as the name states, Grunge.

The aesthetic is also associated with 2014 Tumblr.


  • tie-dye
  • neon lights
  • holographic
  • pastel galaxies
  • cartoon aliens
  • drippy texts
  • old records
  • crystals
  • weed


Pastel Grunge style lays between the Grunge and Pastel Goth. It takes a lot of inspiration from the 2010's fashion trends. The style is characterized by a simple, basic color palette. Silhouette is fitted, especially the base layer of the outfit (tight top and bottoms), with oversized flannels and jackets being the distinctive loose element.

  • Dark eyebrows
  • Black smokey eye
  • Eyeliner, usually thin
  • Dark lipstick - burgundy, purple, black
  • Tie-dye band or graphic teas
  • Black and white striped shirts
  • White, black and grey crop tops
  • Studded jackets
  • Flannel shirts, often tied around the waist
  • Long black cardigans or zip-up hoodies
  • Tie-dye shorts
  • Galaxy print leggings
  • Ripped jeans
  • Black or white platforms - Doc Martens, Creepers
  • Sneakers - Converse, Vans
  • Studded hairbands
  • Black tights, often ripped
  • Black fishnets
  • Chokers and necklaces with silver, or crystal pendants*
  • Silver rings, optional black details
  • Round black or pastel sunglasses

*with moon, sun, planet, yin yang and pentagram being common themes; crystals are usually smokey or rose quartz, amethyst, various black stones and marble.


The Pastel Grunge aesthetic is influenced by a lot of music. It's common to see a lot of influence from Lana Del Rey and similar artists, as her music especially defines the pastel and coquette-based aspects of this aesthetic. We also obviously see a very big Grunge influence, as well as other 90s bands/artists falling under the same sort of umbrella.


  • Lana Del Rey
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Halsey
  • Lorde
  • The 1975
  • Joy Division
  • Nirvana
  • Fiona Apple
  • The Neighbourhood
  • Cigarettes After Sex
  • Melanie Martinez


  • Ultraviolence by Lana del Rey
  • Live Through This by Hole
  • Nevermind by Nirvana
  • Electra Heart by MARINA
  • AM by Arctic Monkeys
  • Born to Die by Lana del Rey
  • I Love You. by The Neighbourhood
  • Wiped Out by The Neighbourhood
  • BADLANDS by Halsey
  • Pure Herione by Lorde
  • Ghost by Sky Ferreria
  • Night time, my time by Sky Ferreria
  • Crybaby by Melanie Martinez


TV Shows and Movies[]
  • Skins UK (2007)
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999)
  • Jennifer's Body (2009)
  • Thirteen (2003)
  • The Virgin Suicides (1999)
  • Lolita (1997)


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