As often as trends may change, one thing remains certain: 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, if you are all about casual chill but particular items, liberal concepts like peace and individual freedom, activism and love for the planet, then the perfect style for you might be the timeless Hipster Style.
Going further into the concept you will see that this is so much more than a street look; it’s a lifestyle, a way of expressing your beliefs and not giving a damn about the popular mainstream opinion. The Hipster style is all about being you, knowing your worth and showing that to the whole world
This is, and always was, a popular style that stood the test of time by leaning on personal convictions mixed with stylish items
Hipster history, concept:
The hipster subculture or hepcats movement emerged within the Y generation in urban US arias (New York, then migrate to major cities like Berlin or Melbourne). The concept means ”in the know” and if at first included mostly African American people with the passing of time it extends into the white folks community – 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 the 1940s with the rising of jazz music and bebop. It was a pool of inspiration for all those bohemian young artists and poets who disagreed with the strict social norms and wanted out of the mainstream way of thinking. Members of this style did not call 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 (and old) people chilling out in bars, smoking joints, loving life and expressing their personality, knowing that life is more than a dull job and a fancy house in the suburbs.
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.
The Modern Hipster
The modern hipster term in its current usage first appeared in the 1990s and became particularly prominent in the late 2000s and early 2010s being derived from the term used to describe earlier movements in the 1940s.
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.
They are liberals, they believe in diversity and equal rights for everybody, they are the millennials that want to change the world.
Modern Hipster Outfits
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 bohemian looks. They believe in freedom and peace, in the unique personality and human evolution.
Don’t forget about the beard and a pair of cool shades!
Items: ripped jeans, flannels, glasses, hats, leather boots. Lamberjack look, even Gypsy style items.
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