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Hipster Fashions

Katie Davies
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A hipster, by definition, is "a young, non-traditional person who is an independent thinker, believes in progressive politics and dresses in a trendy fashion." Their style is usually individualistic, edgy, and alternative as they try hard to be different from the masses. Typically, they are advocates of outfits that mix and match trends and are regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.

Colorfully Creative

This hipster style of fashion is usually adopted by someone who is artistic and works or studies in the creative industry. It's all about rocking a multitude of colors in vibrant hues to make the maximum amount of impact. To achieve this aesthetic, opt for a brightly colored shirt in a cute or kitsch print and tuck it into high waisted indigo denim flared jeans. You could even finish off your outfit with a scarlet red sneaker - not forgetting the edgy wrap-around headband, which is a key hipster staple.

Girl with yellow polka dot shirt

90s Cool

Hipsters love to emulate 1990s fashion, most likely because they are millennials and grew up in this era. Pinafore dresses or denim dungarees are key pieces and are usually worn over short-sleeved crop tops or long-sleeved striped sweaters along with beat-up Converse. If you're feeling brave, you could even rock double denim to showcase 90s cool. Accessories-wise, this ensemble has greater impact when paired with a plastic chain choker and space buns.

Girl with hat and blue hair

Effortlessly Thrown Together

Some hipsters look like they've just rolled out of bed and thrown something on, yet they sport majorly cool vibes. To rock the "effortlessly thrown together" aesthetic for everyday events, opt for basic pieces and then add interest to your outfit through accessories. For instance, a cream sweater over relaxed fit jeans and flats looks super chic and stylish when teamed with a handkerchief-style scarf and casual hat.

Girl in scarf, jeans and flats

Alternative Grunge

The alternative hipster fashion style is usually quite grungy and worn by those with tattoos and brightly colored hair. Usually influenced by music bands and artists of the rock nature, it's all about embracing old band t-shirts under open flannel shirts and adding to this grungy combination with denim shorts, ripped tights, a black leather jacket, and Doc Marten-style boots. Colorful beanie hat optional.

Girl wearing alternative grunge hipster fashion

Vintage Queen

Another common hipster look is to mix and match different aspects of vintage-inspired fashion. From 80s button-up shirts in outrageous, color-popping prints to floaty floral dresses with bell sleeves reminiscent of the 70s, it's about embracing and playing around with popular fashions of eras past to create distinctive and innovative looks. You can either choose to tone your vintage-inspired piece down by teaming it with understated separates, or you can clash it with other vintage-inspired pieces for a loud and proud ensemble.

Girl wearing color-popping vintage shirt

Geek Chic

The most well-known style of hipster fashion is all about geek chic. You can channel this idea just by wearing a button-up shirt and buttoning it all the way to the top, and then pairing it with a pair of bold, black oversized eyeglasses. Complete the aesthetic with a high waisted pair of slim leg trousers in a quirky print that you can roll up a few inches and some masculine-looking loafers. It's androgynous, it's classy, and it packs a real fashion punch.

Hipster girl in geek chic fashion

Channelling Your Inner Hipster

The great thing about hipster style is it's all about mixing a range of pieces from numerous eras to find a youthful and eccentric ensemble. Just about anything goes, but it's better to only wear pieces that you feel comfortable in. After all, this fashion movement is so different, and you need confidence to be able to pull off the various looks.

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Hipster Fashions