Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan On MTV’s ‘Live And Loud’ Is Giving Us Sweater Envy

Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana for “Live and Loud.”
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Typically when we think back on classic grunge style, our minds are flooded with a deluge of plaid flannel and Doc Martens. Oft overlooked but integral to Seattle grunge poster boy Kurt Cobain’s signature steez was the nubbly, haphazardly worn, thick-knit sweater. We’re looking back at the Nirvana frontman’s iconic knitwear not just because it’s autumn-appropriate or because we just miss them, but also because in honor of 20 years passing since the band’s final album In Utero, we’ve just unearthed clips of the band’s 1993 “Live and Loud” concert, performances of “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Rape Me” and previously vaulted, never-before-seen nuggets of “Very Ape” and “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” from the group’s rehearsals and dude’s brass buttoned Grandpa cardigan is giving us serious sweater envy.

Sure, we could go into his “Rap Jeans” and the other style highlight of the night: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis and Flea in drag, but it’s this example that’s really jogging our memories and hammering home Cobain’s exemplary knitwear game from this vaguely nautical layering piece to his fuzzy green Unplugged cardigan to his red-and-black rugby striped performance crewneck. Lucky for you, when we get an idea, we see it through to the end (and that end usually involves an online purchase), so here are our favorite grungey sweaters we’ve seen pon de web lately!


Classic Grandpa cardigans.
Photo: ASOS/Urban Outfitters

+ Selected Coleen Fluffy Knitted Cardigan in Oversized Fit from ASOS ($168.76)

+ BDG Twist-Back Shaker Cardigan from Urban Outfitters ($69.00)


Chunky double-breasted cardigans.
Photo: Urban Outfitters/ASOS

+ Coincidence & Chance Double-Breasted Cardigan from Urban Outfitters ($118.00)

+ Double Breasted Coatigan from ASOS ($84.38)


Statement cardigans.
Photo: Urban Outfitters/Nasty Gal

+ Staring At Stars Diamond Open-Front Cardigan from Urban Outfitters ($69.00)

+ Soft Rock Cardi from Nasty Gal ($68.00)


Cobain-inspired rugby sweaters.
Photo: Urban Outfitters/Zara

+ Olive & Oak Shredded Rugby Sweater from Urban Outfitters ($59.00)

+ Wide Stripe Sweater from Zara ($59.90)


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