As trends change regularly one thing is for sure: our personal style! As an extension of our own personality, the style we adopt defines us; first as persons and secondly as social individuals (social status ) In a few words, ”let me see your look so I can tell you who you are”… yes this may sound superficial and it is, but you know, in the end, we are responsible for what we put out there for people to see. So, own your look and be proud of it!
Ok, talking about style and how this can influence the way we are viewed by others, we will take a glimpse into the Hipster Universe as this is more than a style, it’s a way of living…
This is, and always was, a popular style that stood the test of time by leaning on casual-chill but particular items and liberal concepts like peace and individual freedom.
The hipster subculture or hapcats, is based in the Y generation – urban US arias- the 40 s (New York, then migrate to major cities like Berlin or Melbourne). More precisely the concept means – ‘in the know’ which included jazz fans, mostly African-American people and later the white population – sick and tired of discrimination, racial segregation and the strict rules of sexual morality.
The Hipster of the 40s
The movement came to life in 1940 with fans of the jazz music and bebop. It was a pool of inspiration for those bohemian young artists, poets who disagreed with the strict social norms and wanted out of mainstream. Members of this style did not called themselves hipsters. The word was used as a prerogative describing a free and pretentious person. In the article “The Death of the Hipster” Rob Horning argued that a hipster is “a manifestation of postmodernism and a force extinguished but free “.
“Hep cat” was used to describe a generally knowledgeable person, particularly within jazz music circles, employing “cat” as a casual reference to a person, not unlike “guy” today. The turn-of-the-century speech habit of adding the suffix “-ster” to words (see: spinster, gangster) produced the word “hepster”, a synonym of “hep cat”.
This subculture was based on individual freedom. Young people spend their time in places like jazz bars and later alternative music locals. They smoked joints and chill out through an arrogant attitude, because they knew that life is more than a house in the suburbs and a dull job.
Classic but edgy items (in the 40) vintage stuff purchased from thrift stores that wished to place in the shadow the classic black suit of those days. The cool Basque replaced the famous male hat.The hipsters of the 1940s were primarily focused on enjoying the music scene and differentiating themselves from the upper classes, all while creating bonds with those of the same class and from similar backgrounds. Classy suits more edgy then the regular one.
The Modern Hipster
While the hipster of the ’40s sought refuge from uncertain times among those of a similar class through the shared bond of musical interest and agreement on societal issues, most modern hipsters will rarely claim to be part of the any group. They remain elitist and exclusive, sometimes shunning those who do not conform to the hipster view of nonconformity. These include common appearances and attitudes, such as listening to a certain type of music or choosing clothes that appear to be purchased from a thrift store. It is noteworthy that members of this modern group, unlike its predecessors, do not necessarily belong to the lower classes, regardless of their socioeconomic level, they maintain the grungy and haphazard image.
Modern Hipsters strive to incorporate irony into their clothing, like a pricey shirt made to look worn and ragged. They embrace unblemished entertainment that has not garnered mainstream recognition. In her article “Hipster Countercultures Throughout the Decades,” Zana Faulkner summarizes that “unless he’s got some philosophies and politics to introduce to the world, his contribution may die with the totally ironical T-shirt in a Goodwill bin.” They are all into ripped jeans, flannels and all that bohemian looks. They believe in freedom and peace, in the unique personality and human evolution. And yeah don’t forget about the beard and the cool shades!
Items: Ripped jeans. Flannels. Glasses. Hat. Beard. Boots. Lamberjack look, even Gypsy style items.
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