How To Dress Like A Hipster
LOS ANGELES LIFESTYLE | FASHION
~ By Adrien Finkel
Feeling out of place in your local coffee shop? Hmm. It might be your adorable matching skirt and top. Or possibly your favorite baby-blue Sperry Topsiders? We know what are you are thinking. All of these things seem normal! But ‘normal’ these days, is not hip, dear friends. Before you pack your newspaper and head to Intellegentsia Cafe, be sure to make a pit-stop at your nearest vintage store. All it takes is a few simple changes (with our help, of course) and you will be hippest cappuccino sipper in town. Here’s how to dress like a hipster.
Ready? Set? Go.
How to Dress Like a Hipster
F*ck Consumerism – Okay. This idea is very important. Avoid purchasing any clothing made by a large corporation, more importantly clothing that flaunts a logo. The point is to be unique and at the same time, anti big-business. So feel free to grab an old used t-shirt from a place like American Rag (Website). Or, even better, check out a local vendor that carries new products with a “used” look. Our favorite new place is LOVE NAIL TREE, a local company that uses their clothing to promote important topics that are ignored too often. Check out their stuff on the website.
Its All in the Jeans – Remember those high wasted Levi’s that your mom used to wear? Well, no matter if you are a man or a woman, pull those jeans out of the attic and slip ‘em on! The older and tighter the better. If you can’t find them at home, a great place to pick up a pair is Wasteland, with locations in Hollywood and Studio City.
Feeling crazy? Take things to next level by turning those jeans into shorts. For women, you can choose your preferred length, but for men, be sure to cut your jeans to right above the knee!! If you happen to come across a jean jacket, that’s another perfect item to add to your new look! Feel free pull out the scissors and turn that into a vest as well! (Important Reminder: Jean SKIRTS are STILL a NO. Please..NO.)
Zip it up – If it zips in the front and has a hood, you are good to go. Fitted hoodies are a perfect way to hipster-fy your clothing collection and they are always easy to find at your local American Apparel.
Play Dress Up - For the ladies who like to wear dresses, it is very important that the fabric have either a floral print or contain some sort of lace. Think Mayim Bialik from the hit ’90′s TV show, ”Blossom.” If you are concerned that your vintage lace dress is too see through, throw a neon colored bra or tank under it and you are good to go. Make up your way to Buffalo Exchange to purchase your new frocks.
A great way to spice things up is to add a colored/printed pair of tights. And for the final touch, feel free to slip on your Doc Marten lace-up boots or a simple pair of flats. Remember, nothing has to match! (But, print on print is never a good thing, so spare us.)
In Your Shoes – If you know one thing about fashion these days, it’s that old dirty Converse shoes are always a yes. Ladies, flats are always an easy fix, as well as any sort of cowboy boot. Low-cut ankle boots are great for pants, shorts and dresses too. Men, since everyone and their mother seems to wear converse, we say change it up a bit by wearing those old black Doc Marten boots from 1995 or even slipping on a pare of comfy Keds (new or old.) And stay away from flip flops, they are guaranteed to blow your cover!
Accessorize - Accessories are very important with this look. Don’t worry about matching! Throw on some feather earrings, and as many silver and gold necklaces and bracelets that you can dream of. Chunky colored plastic items or a long necklace with a charm are always fun too! Check out the Fairfax Flea market to pick out a gold bicycle, a silver gun, or a copper camera charm to add to the bottom of your chain.
And last but not least, glasses, glasses, glasses! The easiest way to fit into the coffee shop crowd is to throw on a pair of thick, black rimmed, glasses. If you are not into that shape, feel free to wear any sort of vintage style frame. Don’t have bad eye site? Even better! The hipster look is all about irony, so feel free to wear your large black rimmed Ray Bans without lenses. Seriously. A great place to try on some hip frames is SLOW on Melrose.
Okay, we have given you the run down. Its time to go shopping! You can do it! We believe in you!! See you in Silverlake. Just don’t take it too far!
Please don’t do this!