3 reasons why the ‘90s Grunge style fits more into the Muslim lifestyle than you might think

It’s known that fashion nowadays is all about vintage, retro clothing. Getting back to our parents’ old clothes is not just a temporary trend. It has made clothing lines get back to the old patterns and shapes. Whether you like it or not, there are three reasons why ‘90s fashion is more Islamic than we thought it was.

1. Grunge-style

The Grunge-style has evolved to a more modern version of it, but the basics stayed similar. The
most known piece of clothing is the vintage baggy jeans, now called the boyfriend jeans. The only difference is that the materials back then were rougher, but they are both as loose and comfy.

Long duster coats have also reappeared in our shops. Those coats who were once seen as
shapeless knee-length sacks are now the ultimate way to provide full-coverage, without having to wear an abaya.

And of course the maxi and midi dresses. They have been worn for years yet they always missed something. If the fabric wasn’t transparent, there would be a split up to the thigh or holes on the bust to make it impossible for many Muslim girls to wear it. But their ultimate comeback caused more shops to sell them, and so more chance to find the perfect one!


2. Less is more-philosophy

The ‘90s were also the time were the well-known over-the-top glamour of the ‘80s was rejected.
That happened in favour of simplicity and neutrality: in colours, clothing, fashion and life in general.

Clothes weren’t made to look good anymore. Everything was done to make us feel good in
them. Fabrics were softer and more relaxed, tinted in neutral grays, beiges and browns. It became a philosophy, where looking neat could perfectly match comfort and ease.

The trend also took a hold of the beauty-world. Make-up became way more natural or wasn’t worn at all. Eyebrows weren’t expected to be perfectly plucked anymore, fuller brows were known to give a woman’s face more character, a tendency that is still known in the fashion-world.


3. Grunge-movement

The Grunge-movement itself shows a certain amount of similarities with the Islamic values. It is also slightly comparable to the Jihad against oneself, Jihad an-nafs.

Both movements share their rejection of consumerism and materialism. The choice of ecologic and fair trade products in Grunge shows how implicated the founders were in human rights. Equality and peace were part of the values that Grunge pursued. Whereas working hard, living simple and being there for one another are part of our religion as Muslims, these have been motives to drastically change their ways of living and clothing themselves for Grunge-activists.

Not only is Grunge a style, a philosophy or a movement, Grunge stands for the responsibility each of us has to take when we are living, eating or dressing ourselves.


(Note from the author: The Grunge-style was first born when alternative rock was created. At that time musicians lived an unhealthy lifestyle that is in no way comparable to the later evolution of the ‘90s mindset, and also nothing like the Islamic values. The Grunge that is mentioned in the article is the style that evolved out of that musical message later on.)

Written by Fatima-Zohra Ait El Maâti

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Fatima-Zohra Ait El Maâti is a 19 year-old architecture student and has a huge passion for art. The little things in life are the ones that make her happy.