Most trends don't start consciously, because real trendsetters (especially musicians) don't set out to start trends. They just want to be themselves and make music. Cobain was no different. His short yet epic ride in the cultural sun, however, changed music and fashion forever, opening up a whole new corner of the wardrobe closet to the American male. Kurt probably just put on whatever was comfortable and closest to the bed he rolled out of each morning, but his clothing instincts were like his chord progressions—untouchable. Cobain solidified the modern grunge style, Paul Bunyan meets thrift store chic. No one before and no one since has made jeans, flannel, and cardigan sweaters look so effortlessly, disaffectedly cool.