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1. Pay extra attention to fit.
Whereas oversize-everything outfits were acceptable during the grunge days of yore, that time (thank goodness) has passed. An ensemble of deliberately baggy clothing—especially shredded, worn-in baggy clothing—is a sloppy, unflattering look. That said, you can still wear one larger item, just be sure pair it with something tailored to your shape.
2. Hair and makeup should be natural.
While a perfect blowout and airbrush-y skin could seem prissy against a laid-back ensemble of plaid, denim and fatigues, blackish purple lips and a Kool-aid dye job feels like a flashback. Rather than fuss around with a  watered down versions of either look, do tousled model off-duty bedhead and dewy no-makeup makeup. It works every time.
3. Try just one piece.
If you're one of those women who had a Doc Marten collection during My So-Called Life's glory days, this tip's for you. It's possible to enjoy grunge 2.0 without feeling like a teenager again, I promise! The trick is to mix one well-placed grunge-y piece, like a floral maxi skirt or flannel shirt, against some sleek, simple separates.
4. Invest in high-quality fabric.
Seeing as grunge started in Seattle thrift shops, each of its subsequent iterations—from Marc Jacob's infamous Perry Ellis collection to the babydolls and boots Hedi Slimane sent down the runway last season—have a slightly secondhand feel. If you don't anchor that hand-me-down vibe with quality material, the look will skew cheap, not cool.
5. Shred strategically.
It's totally fine if you want to wear a tattered T-shirt and distressed denim—just don't mix the two together. When you have too many holes happening at once, it starts to look less like a statement and more like you just take really bad care of your clothes.