Kinderwhore grunge fashion
by Jade Genesis
Grunge fashion: Kinderwhore fashion, from the grunge era, sits at the other end of the lolita spectrum. Our style guide transforms strappy shoes and babydoll dresses with Peter Pan collars into NaughtyLand.
You don't really see much Kinderwhore fashion nowadays. Maybe it's because of the implication that it mimics the style of young, innocent girls and twists it through a warped looking glass of sensuality - and is therefore seen as offensive. Whatever the case may be, I am here to show you the, um... opposite end of the spectrum of lolita fashion.
The origins of kinderwhore style
Kinderwhore goes back to the mid to late 1990's and was a style used by female grunge and punk bands. Loud grrl bands like L7, Jack off Jill, 7 Year Bitch and Babes In Toyland were pigeonholed as "kinderwhore" bands, a media term for the babydoll dress fashion popularized by Kat Bjelland from Babes in Toyland and Courtney Love from Hole. Who actually takes credit for the kinderwhore look is up for grabs. Some believe Courtney Love started the whole thing. Others believe Kat Bjelland started it and Courtney made it popular. Whatever you choose to believe is completely up to you.
Kinderwhore fashion basics
Kinderwhore is basically just as it sounds: A sick twist on childlike clothing. It's usually characterized by babydoll dresses, torn stockings, heavy makeup, mary jane shoes or heavy boots. Oftentimes the clothing is torn to give a grungy feel. This image is easy to achieve and won't cost much. What, you thought that the female punk bands who came up with kinderwhore were going to spend what little money they had on clothing?
1. Go to your local charity shop / thrift store and search for dresses. Babydoll dresses are usually short (above the knee is most accurate). Any style is usually okay; just do what you feel comfortable with. The key is to look childish, so be sure the dresses you choose have a kiddish feel to them. Perhaps look for a-line smocks with bows or lace or big round collars.
2. Stockings, tights and socks are easy to come by and even easier to rip and tear holes in. Getting a friend to do it is also fun! Black is a good base colour - also consider grey, or white. White tights and stockings look great with a red babydoll dress. If you want to go with childish patterns like stripes and polka dots, knock yourself out. Layering tights, such as having torn fishnet tights over a plain base pair of tights, is also a good idea, especially in warmer weather. I've actually worn leggings under tights because the winter was too much. If you layer your tights, you'll most likely get an air of street urchin about you.
3. As far as makeup is concerned you should be a bit careful how far you take things. If you know anything about little girls playing in makeup you'll discover their tendency to muck things up. Even though your goal is to be childish, this is where the maturity comes into play.
4. Mary Jane shoes are the classic example of childishness. Basically any shoe with a T-bar strap is acceptable. Heels are usually non-existent or are very low and chunky. Heavy leather boots in a biker style are also common. Any colour you choose is up to you, black goes with anything, so does pink and white. If you're more daring you can do bright red or other rainbow colours.
Kinderwhore makeup tips
Kinderwhore hair accessories
I have to restate that fashion is all about what YOU want to do with YOUR clothes. These simple instructions are just guidelines to follow in case you get stuck. Don't worry about what other people say and just do what goes best with the look you're achieving.
So put on those little girl tights and have some fun!
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Kat Bjelland from Babes in Toyland goes for baby-blond hair, innocently white short dress, ringlets, an unnecessary amount of lippy and a sneer.
Kinderwhore queen Courtney Love takes her pet conch shell for a walk wearing T-bar strappy shoes and a babydoll dress with a round Peter Pan collar. Oh, Courtney!