The essence of a hipster is not to conform. However, in doing so, not conforming becomes an image to conform to. Complicated isn’t it? The hipster image is the trend of the moment. Legions of distinguished gentlemen complete with well-coiffed beards, plaid shirts, skinny jeans, vintage timepieces and a flash of tweed have invaded the city streets. Swathes of guys with manicured facial hair have taken refuge at independent coffee shops up and down the country. If you find yourself aching to join the masses or if you have a hint of hipster peeking through into your fashion sense, take a look at these essential items that you’ll need to take your hipster look to the next level.
You don’t want to be venturing into a high-end jeweller and requesting to see the finest and most expensive modern pocket watch on the market. You need to hunt down the most exceptional working vintage examples from thrift shops and retro emporiums. Hipsters adore mixing the old with the new. Inside their Ben Sherman red and black checkered shirt pocket will be a fine brass watch ready for when appointments need to be kept.
Vintage mid century brogues in tan and grey make up the majority of a hipster’s shoe cupboard. Cowboy boots, suedette loafers and 1960s original converse sneakers are achingly cool for a burgeoning hipster. If you find that you discover the finest example of a pair of 1980s Windsors, but they are a little tight, you might want to purchase a decent long metal shoe horn so that you can squeeze into your new footwear more easily. Over time, the shoes will loosen up, and you’ll find that you can wear them in. The best thing about buying second hand is that you are purchasing a piece of fashion with a history and a story to tell. Who knows what gentleman wore those Oxfords before you?
Any hipster worth his salt will at least attempt to grow a beard. We are not talking designer stubble but rather a full-blown bushy affair. To keep your facial hair well conditioned and sculpted, you need to purchase a top quality beard wax. You’ll look groomed and well manicured rather than portraying the image of a man with an untamed beard a la Jared Leto.
The ubiquitous Ray Ban brand of glasses has a major foothold in the hipster market. The oversized thick black rimmed styles or tortoiseshell framed pairs elevate any hipster to a geek chic sort of look. Alongside an Apple laptop, flannel shirt and espresso, the urban hipster oozes coolness in any eatery or retro dining establishment.
Being a hipster is about more than fashion, a handlebar moustache and vintage furniture adorning your home. It’s a way of life. If you fancy nothing more than embracing your inner hipster, why not grab yourself these items and fill your wardrobe with hipster delights.
MR LEE FRASER