Designers are bringing back grungy fashion looks with boyish flannel shirts and unkempt ripped jeans at the moment. Not so fab.

This is not a “new” look at all. We see casual fitted checked button down shirts and torn jeans in teeny bopper stores like Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle all the time, so I guess there’s a grunge element to junior fashion every season. But the writing is on the wall when you see grunge looks in haute couture and prêt porter collections. It’s not long before trends fizzle down to fashion forward women’s boutiques and chain stores, and before we know it, it’s mainstream fashion.

Trends seem to repeat themselves every 20 to 30 years which means that 90’s inspired fashions are next on the list. As always, I’m champing at the bit to see how old trends are reinterpreted because for the most part, they’re improved modern incarnations. But I’m not loving the look of plaid shirts and ripped jeans so far.

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Grungy Seattle rocker vibes and the remnants of bad 80’s silhouettes is what springs to mind when I think of 90’s fashion. TV shows like Seinfeld, Beverly Hills 90210, Ally McBeal, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Melrose Place, Friends and Full House are a good representation of 90’s fashion. Not very inspiring. But I’m holding out hope. I’m impressed with how well 80’s fashions have been reinterpreted so we might be pleasantly surprised.