Thanks to Topshop, Tumblr, and teen movies, we all know exactly what '90s fashion looked like. Remember how we all traipsed around in fuzzy sweaters and mini-kilts
like Corey in Empire Records
? And, we constantly charmed hot musicians in our vintage dresses and cool leather jackets
like Janet in Singles
? Except, actually, no. As anyone who lived through it can tell you, grunge-era '90s fashion was far more ill-fitting and, well, brown
than we've been led to believe. It was less daisies-and-miniskirts
, and more Dickies-and-flannels. It was less kinderwhore coolness
, and more Kurt Loder hair
— as the video ahead shows.
This newly unearthed clip shows fans outside a Seattle Nirvana show in September, 1992. Picture it: They're the biggest band in the world, and their fans? They hacky-sack, they have deeply mixed feelings about Nirvana's success, and they're a totally awkward mish-mash of weirdo punk kids who've been following the band since its start, and bandwagon bros who just showed up for the party (and probably also love Guns N Roses). And, for all intents and purposes, it still looks like the 80s — no platform Birkenstocks or baby tees in sight.
Watch the video below, and read on for the real
story behind '90s fashion — it wasn't always pretty, folks, no matter what Tumblr tells you.