The most defining trend of the 1990s was undoubtedly grunge. And since the 80s revival has reached its peak and is on the steady decline, it’s the 90s that are next in turn – grunge naturally included. This neo-grunge takes the ripped denim trend firmly in its stride; and along with it comes another 2009 and 2010 fashion trend: laddered stockings.
Alexander Wang Autumn (Fall)/Winter 2008
The first we really noticed it was on Alexander Wang’s Fall 2008 runway, in which beanies, boots and ripped tights made up a look that was rock chic meets neo-grunge. Since then, it’s taken quickly to the streets – featuring in many a street-style blog across the web.
Ripped stockings: street style photo by The Sartorialist; Erin Wasson in I.D magazine.
How to wear it
With conviction. Wearing a crisp, corporate skirt-suit and a pair of stockings with a little ladder or two just looks like an unfortunate run-in with a sharp fingernail. On the other hand, shredded tights with studded boots and a black mini screams fashion-forwards neo-grunge chic.
Who is wearing it
DIY holes, rips and ladders
It’s not hard to get this look. God knows, it’s easy enough to rip stockings when you’re not trying to. For heavier fabrics use a bit of creativity with scissors, or even a cheese-grater, to work in interesting shapes.