Soft grunge is an aesthetic that rose to prominence on Tumblr under the tags 'soft grunge', 'coquette', 'lizzy grant aesthetic' and others. It's closely related to 2014-era tumblr. 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 Coquette -also known as Nymphet- and related styles.
It's also influenced by the "heroin chic" style of the 1990s, and, as the name states, Grunge.
Very similar to Grunge, Soft grunge imagery includes depressing pretty themes. Visuals of this aesthetic includes symbols that represent love and the rejection/ostracization of those motifs. This aesthetic romanticizes life, but life constantly defies ideas of romance. innocent (pink, purple, blue, yellow, etc.) and dull colours are important to this aesthetic - especially in tandem.
Soft grunge fashion is very similar to Grunge fashion but with a bit more emphasis on femininity - but not as much as the Kinderwhore aesthetic.
- Varsity jackets
- Sunglasses (especially heart-shaped glasses)
- Gold jewelry
- Painted fingernails
- Dark eyeshadow
- Dark jeans
- Soft jackets
- Light-coloured crop tops under dark-coloured jackets
Soft 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 soft 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
- Ultraviolence by Lana del Rey
- Live Through This by Hole
- Nevermind by Nirvana
- Electra Heart by Marina and the Diamonds
- AM by Arctic Monkeys
- Born to Die by Lana del Rey
- Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt
- BADLANDS by Halsey
- Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
- Girl, Interrupted (1999)
- Lolita (1997)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Kate Moss
- Alana Champion
- Lily-Rose Depp
This aesthetic is disliked by many and seen as problematic because of the fact that when this was popular on Tumblr (2010-2014), it was often associated with the romanticizing of the movie “Lolita,” which is known to be a problematic movie due to exploitative content.
External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.
- Soft grunge by Anupriya Tyagi | Spotify
- soft grunge esk idfk by dannysmile10 | Spotify
- soft grunge | tumblr 2013-2015 by ♡ Mikasa | Spotify
- soft grunge by ur moms nokia | Spotify