Brooklyn: the home of the hipsters. While the New York City borough has been known for its melting pot neighborhoods, that “typical New York” accent and Coney Island, it has also recently been deemed the birthplace of the hipster. While you may not be able to flip to the word “hipster” in your traditional dictionary, you can now file it away in your fashion vocabulary. Though this subculture of urban and independent young adults first emerged in the ’90s, Fashionistas and Fashionistos across the country have borrowed from their Williamsburg friends and created a totally new, totally cool fashion movement.
This Fashionisto is the epitome of hipster chic. Thick-rimmed glasses? Check. Graphic tee? Check. Skinny jeans? Check. With these three key pieces, you’ve got a great start on your way to hipster-dom.
While this Fashionisto’s trendy specs are in fact prescription, don’t think you need to need to have poor eyesight to snag his look. Check out vintage shops and retailers like Urban Outfitters that now sell lenses without prescription.
Graphic tees and tanks sporting ironic sayings, geometric designs and dramatic cityscapes are fantastic pieces to add to any wardrobe. A great tee can comfortably fit under a blazer, cardigan or, my personal favorite, a flannel button-down for when the weather cools down and layering is a must. This Fashionisto pays homage to the Big Apple with his graphic t-shirt.
While skinny jeans are a vital ingredient to the hipster ensemble, it is still summer and the sun is still hot. Take a cue from this Fashionisto and try some cuffed, denim shorts during the warmer months.
Hipsters are all about practical, yet fashionable footwear. Pretty much anything with laces, be it sneakers, high-tops or leather boots like this Fashionisto’s, will do the trick.
So, study up on NYC-based favorites like Sex and the City, Girls and Gossip Girl (Hello, Dan Humphrey!) to embrace this progressive style.