Fashion comes in many styles and variants, this is true. There is no doubt that when it comes to fashion, there are many styles one can choose to wear, and it is not always just what is trendy or mainstream. Everyone can choose what they want to wear, whatever they find aesthetically pleasing and or extremely comfortable.
Every single fashion style has one conventional look for them to immediately identify it for the style or to start dressing as such and later on would mix and match all while still fitting in to the ‘categories’ of said style. This article will discuss Hipsters, what does it mean and how to dress as such.
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So, what does ‘Hipster’ mean?
Hipster is usually a young individual who is trendy, stylish, or progressive in a quirky way or in other words, someone who is hip. It is also a person, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by a particularly strong desire to differentiate oneself from most established social activities and relationships.
Also, contrary to popular beliefs, Hipsters are not the same thing as Hippies, Hippies wear bell-bottoms whereas Hipsters wear skinny jeans. Hippies are poor; live on little but Hipsters have hairstyles that look like they have aspergers, but Hipsters fight against aspergers.
They have a very distinct style, the hipster style can vary from very unnoticeable to full on handlebar mustaches, which is why understanding their style is so important. Genders have different preferences; now, on to how one can dress like a hipster.
How to dress
First of all, Fashion is just as important as one’s taste in music. Many vintage stores remain an essential for many hipsters, this is not that obliged, nor does it need to be a part of the hipster wardrobe.
Try to avoid buying labeled gear from stores that run by the label itself, so very not nice consumerism. Instead, look for independent small retailers because supporting obscure retailers is “totally deck“. For example, one should buy from local mixed fashion stores near them.
One should be sure to assess what they are wearing. Are they layering their clothing? Are they buying from the local stories? What is the color or precise style this season? Are they advertising something on their shirt that most of the hipsters identify with?
One should also dress in skinny jeans,( so that one does not become associated with Hippies) especially of bright colors or patterns. These can be for anyone of either of the two genders. Hipster men are usually as skinny as the women.
One should note that male hipsters actually probably wear skinny jeans more than the girls, the girls prefer to wear leggings. Alternatively, for women, high-waisted pants, also known as “mom jeans,” may be suitable to be worn.
Next is to wear glasses. For some reason, these Hipsters love wearing ironic eyewear such as the shutter shades, oversized plastic framed glasses, Buddy Holly glasses, and most commonly authentic Ray Ban Wayfarers in every single color of the rainbow. If one does not wear glasses because, well, they do not need it, just remember, that some hipsters wear glasses even though they have 20/20 vision! In this case, take off the lenses then replace them, and make sure they are only regular glass.
Hipsters love to be ironic, so wear ironic shirts. For shirts, the following are some good picks: band shirts such as Pink Floyd, Metallica, Van Halen, etc., plaid shirts, cowboy shirts, flannels, and anything in gingham, plaid, checkered patterns, paisley, or vintage florals. Many hipsters wear shirts with appliques, images of animals or forests, other images, characters from children’s TV shows, and ironic phrases or even book covers. One may wear hoodies that are well fitted as fitted hoodies are perfect.
One may even dress vintage. For women, contemplate on a vintage floral or lace dress. For men, consider a button up with suspenders. One’s Grandmother and Grandfather’s closet is definitely a good supplier; however, one should be mindful on how to sew and restyle vintage clothing in order to fit oneself.
Aside from clothing, find appropriate footwear. Hipster shoes include cowboy boots, combat boots, vintage shoes, extraordinary shoes, and a range of flats. Sadly, Converse are no longer considered hipster. But that is alright since the ones listed would look great and one can wear them pretty much everywhere.
Remember, if everyone else is wearing them, they are not hipster anymore. If it is trainers one desires, they should see the Classic Reebok.
High heels should be at least 5 inches or 12.7 cm in height, and ankle boots are prevalent too. Adorable sandals, Ked; tennis/sand shoes, boots, and grandparent’s boots are not only more pragmatic but also show how little of the effort one has put forth, even if it took ages to find the perfect pair.
How to Accessorize
Next is to accessorize. There is a wide-ranging array of accessories, including huge flower headbands, neon nail polish, pins, bright belts, black nail polish, bird necklaces, patterned and colorful leggings, etc. Do not forget all of the plugs, piercings, and random scars supposedly obtained through all the woodwork and all the other carpentry-like endeavors.
Appropriately ironic accessories are mandatory, such as items kids would take to school, like an animal image on a lunchbox. The essentials include a courier bag (not a backpack), preferably something from the brand Freitag, that can fit a MacBook, iPhone, and vinyl LPs (never CDs) of their current favorite band.
Back to clothing, mismatch, and layer. Layering or wearing things that do not match together is very hipster. It gives the outfit that “I can’t be bothered” look that actually takes some planning until one gets into the habit. Remember that a hipster’s outfit never needs adjustment should one decide to go to the beach, keep all of their urban accompaniments for the sand and surf to ironically stick out of one’s element.
Are you a hipster?
Whether or not dressing up is something one is up to, they can still identify as a hipster, no matter what the context of the current discussion is, saying something is “mainstream” typically is a sign of being a hipster. If the person in question is talking about some underground film that no one has ever heard of, they are a hipster.
One may say pretentious statements. If one can usually root the statement to something obscure that they mention, that will give the answer. This is usually a telltale sign in regard to spotting a hipster. If the person says they have never heard of Beyoncé, they know one to have a hipster who also might be lying about their playlists.
One will most likely talk about strange bands that only use horse noises in auto-tuning their voices or sad indie songs about being a vegetarian. They will usually name off bands like The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cutie as their more mainstream music but will follow with bands because the mainstream will never have heard it and think that they possibly do not exist.
Besides talking about how great one’s music choices are, hipsters have the curious tendency to be pretentious and brag about pretty much anything. They could brag about this new vegan recipe they found that is just the best one there is. They could brag about how they met some famous person once and it was so chill that they got to walk the red carpet. Hipsters will make anything sound impressive.
This can be a difficult way to act like a hipster since a lot of people like to brag. One way in distinguishing normal bragging from hipster bragging, is really listening to what one is saying. For example, bragging about winning an unusual sport championship in fifth grade will definitely stand out in contrast to a hipster saying they went on a grand trip around the world and wrote about it in The New Yorker.
Hipsters are really weird about social media. There are two parts of the hipster lifestyle that could be a possibility. They probably do not have Facebook, Twitter, or any other form of mainstream media outlets. They would only post on their obscure blog which is one thing one can increase one’s conversation as they will always hear about it because of the bragging issues.
Hipsters are also super weird about their friends and family posting things without their consent.
However, they occasionally post artsy pictures onto Instagram, but only if they involve music, their outfits, fancy coffee drinks, or art. They most likely avoid anything that will show too much of their lives. Everything they post has a purpose. Or at least that is what they tell people.
A Hipster’s Instagram is dedicated to what they eat. When scrolling through those pages There will most likely be fancy pictures of vegan everything and coffee drinks.
“Only the best” is the cardinal rule that hipsters live by. A dyed-in-the-wool hipster will tell a person that they “know all of the best _____.” This will start the conversation on how, really, they are the best, which is why nothing is perfect for them. They know the best places to eat, drink, shop, and everything in between.
Hipsters are individuals who enjoy clothing, music, food, and activities considered outside of the social norm. If one is keen on pursuing the hipster lifestyle in which independent music labels, vintage clothes, and artisanal coffee feature prominently, the following suggestions will help them to discover myriad ways to embrace it fully.
If one decides to join the Hipsters just keep theses in mind; Ignore the comments about improper hygiene. Some people associate hipsters with hippies and assume that they do not shower regularly or otherwise do not practice proper hygiene. This is a misconception. Though some hipsters participate in the no shampoo movement (which is still exceptionally clean), most practice normal hygiene (with bonus artisanal and environmentally friendly soaps and other bath products).
While hipsters do shower regularly and clean their teeth, they are just less interested in digging out money for hairstyling, spa sessions, pedicures/manicures, and large make-up kits because these are signs of conforming to cultural ideals of beauty. Arguably, hipsters are not so interested in “making the most of their assets” because they see their entire self as an asset; from a self-esteem point of view, this is actually a rather healthy outlook.
One should keep their hair simple. Messy hairdos are simply fine. The “bed look”, long unkempt hair, and hair that refuses any attempts to stay flat without chemicals are acceptable looks. Blurring gender lines with haircuts and styles is part and parcel of the hipster culture.
Greasy hair is considered acceptable by some in the hipster culture. That does not mean one need to concur, and a squeaky clean but uncombed do might be more one’s preference. For men, large beards and/or waxed mustaches are not really required but are preferred if one can grow them. Some hipsters like to dye their hair in an obvious way.
As for food, one should take a green approach to food. Consider growing one’s own food or turning vegetarian. Use compost if possible. Eating meat is not always popular with the hipster culture, and many hipsters tend to be vegetarian or vegan. If one does eat meat, they must assert that choice as a cynical supremacy of vegetarians’ futile attempts to save the world. Fruit, coffee, Asian or what can be considered as exotic food, etc., are all hip foods.
If one has absolutely no space to grow one’s own produce (not even a balcony or a windowsill), go to a natural foods market instead.
Most of the time, hipsters are foodies and love making gourmet meals. If one cannot cook, consider getting some good cookbooks today.
Become a master of reuse. This takes a mixture of frugality, respect for some of the past, and a desire to demonstrate that new things do not define them. Naturally, they’ll need to wrestle with the inconsistency of this step with the fact that loving shiny new Apple products and brand new clothes from certain labels is also a side of a true hipster, but since we’re all contradictory deep down, the sooner we grasp these contradictions and accept them, the more whole a person we’ll be.
Commonly known old things that are still associated with hipsters include Parliament cigarettes (and a devil-may-care attitude about smoking laws), Pabst beer, grandparent’s clothing (or thrift store finds), bicycles with fixed gears (often ridden to the night clubs), analog cameras, and recycling and reusing almost anything (ingenuity, common sense, and fun comes into this).
Be where the hipsters roam. Hipsters tend to congregate in very urban settings, and they are connected globally thanks to the Internet. In the USA, one will tend to find hipsters in major metropolitan centers where “anything goes”. They are usually there where there are independent art galleries, movie houses, bands, and people.
Places likes New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, and especially the Brooklyn, N.Y. suburb of Williamsburg (known as the unofficial hipster capital of the world). Places like Grasslands and Pianos will be right up the alley. Los Angeles is also acceptable but be careful not to get sucked into the Southern California culture.
For less urban USA, try to find any moderately large college town; and in some states, a college town might be the only liberal part of the state such as Austin, TX, or Lawrence, KS.
In the UK, London is the place to be, in Canada, try Montreal, in Australia, try Melbourne and in New Zealand, try Wellington.
Do not force oneself to live or go to these places or countries for the sake of being a hipster. Besides from being too uneconomical , one can actually begin being a hipster in their place. One of the advantages is if their place knows less about hipsters, the fewer the people who will be discriminating or criticizing them. Take note that the Internet will always be one’s best friend.
One must be educated. They must have gone to college, as hipsters tend to be well educated in such areas as liberal arts, graphic art, or math and even science.
Do a lot of reading, even if it means sitting in the local bookstore using their space and not actually purchasing the books one is siphoning up knowledge from. Seek to go to higher level education if one in their element at college.
One should also go to the library (especially the small, local libraries) is a good option because one does not have to pay, and one can bring books back when they are finished. Also, they do not mind one just sitting reading without even taking a book out- this is normal in libraries.
Hipsters are a subculture that uses more of the right hemisphere of the brain than the rest of the society, this means that, many hipsters base their career choices around music, art, or fashion. While these areas of work are not essential choices, they are probably a natural outlet for a hipster’s creativity.
Education is what helps a hipster to be dismissive about the hue and cry of others; they know it is just history repeating itself, or it is all much ado about nothing.