A Guide to Hipsters

Or as some call them, OCAD students. Apparently hipster culture is on the decline (or so says this Salon.com article), signaling the obsolescence of: American Apparel, wearing glasses when you don’t need glasses, ironic mustaches and t shirts, leggings (Oh god please) and PLAID! What will that guy in my Readers and Readership/ Anthropology class do?! He will have NOTHING to wear.

Explaining hipster culture to the older generations is a bit of a struggle- they don’t seem to understand what makes  a “hipster” a “hipster”. My mom was thoroughly confused by what exactly classifies a “hipster.” According to the always accurate Urbandictionary.com a hipster is:  “a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too “edgy” for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The “effortless cool” urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal art degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent’s trust funds.” Really, it’s all about the mindset. Plaid is really cozy and sometimes ironic t-shirts are funny, and ironic mustaches are often funny. The glasses thing is inexcusable. Hipsters, however, do that thing were they look and act like they aren’t trying but really, they are trying so damn hard. Looking hard at a hipster is often a bad idea because you realize just how dumb they look.

And this, like the bell bottom jeans of the 60’s,  fringe of the 70’s and legwarmers of the 80’s, will define the early 2000’s.

These hipsters aren’t nearly as bad as most- I see no faux fur Russian hats paired with cut-off, hole filled shorts put over a layering of intricate lace leggings under neon pink fishnet tights and a plaid shirt that would fit Fat Al. The girl in the orange dress actually looks adorable, but like I said, its all in the mindset.


6 thoughts on “A Guide to Hipsters

  1. I wear hipster glasses… but I actually need them to see. And I have to get plastic frames, because I’m so freaking blind, my lenses are too thick for wire frames. I also wear leggings… but NOT as pants, just layered with skirts, which otherwise would be an applicable part of my wardrobe for about two weeks at the beginning of school and two weeks at the end… Also I like skinny jeans and plaid, sometimes together, but both come from American Eagle, so I think it’s excusable!

  2. the wicked thing about that ‘evolution of the hipster’ thing is that the models are the same all the way through. i think its cool!
    also ahhahaha the last girl is totally tania. she has those shoes, that shirt.

  3. I like the opening line most I think… heh. OCAD jokes.

    Seriously though, I think we need to go back to the ORIGINAL hipsters – you konw, the jazzy ones from the 30s. That would be pretty great…

    i just love the irony of the kids who used to make fun of 80s/90s fashion are now sporting it daily. and judging everyone else who doesn’t. Sorry, I find the ironically-anachronistic look hideous. I’m going to dress nice, thanks.

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