Listen up, kids. Whether or not you wish to believe it, your dad really was the original hipster. If you don’t believe me, take a look at one of his old college photo albums. He rocked thick-framed glasses before you did, he knew about your favorite bands before you did, and he sure as hell blew the Movember competition out of the water better than you ever will. Facts are facts. And if the theory rings true, you can bet that the secret to a stylish hipster lifestyle lies directly in the hands of your dad’s closet.
Although the idea of being a “hipster” may have arguably gone quite mainstream, you can still trust that the quirky items found in your dad’s closet won’t be matched by any conventional retailer of today’s time. I mean seriously, where else in the world would you ever find eggshell lace-up dress shoes? This week’s Fashionisto is sporting an outfit in which none of the pieces belong to him: a broken-in jean jacket, a printed collared shirt, and a pair of outrageous[ly awesome] casual dress shoes. At your local vintage boutique, this getup would cost hundreds. Out of the Original Hipster’s closet, on the other hand, it will cost your college budget nada. And hey, re-wearing your dad’s old stylish garb is a really respectable approach to sustainable fashion—that alone earns you extra kudos.
If you want to go for a look similar to that of this week’s Fashionisto, keep in mind to find the balance point between dressy and casual. A collared shirt, khakis, and dress shoes may build the basis for a formal look, but remember that styling with quirky patterns, unusual colors and laid-back accessories will loosen up your ensemble to something more low-key. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in your dad’s closet, etsy.com has some amazing vintage pieces for next to nothing! Keep an eye out for unique items from decades passed, like motif bow ties or worn out leather. If you end up looking like you belong in a scene from The Breakfast Club, you’re doing it right.