How to Be a Hipster Girl

How to Be a Hipster Girl

Edited by Driftintopeace, Kristi, Teresa, Meg and 38 others

Being a hipster isn’t just about dressing the part. It’s an organic, androgynous, exclusive way of living. That includes everything from your hair to the books won’t stop talking about. Here is how to be the quintessential hipster girl …not that you need that label.

Part 1 of 3: Understand the general style of Hipsters
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    Know the non-style style of hipsters. In the mainstream, this section may normally be referred to, as “Beauty Tips” but that would mean that hipsters accept the conventional ideals of “Beauty.”

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    Hair. Long Straight/Wavy hair or androgynous cuts are the most common. Side Swept bangs are a must. It is common to leave your hair down in a messy “just woke up” style or throw it into a messy bun. Washing your hair everyday isn’t necessary. Plato didn’t wash his hair everyday.

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    Don’t follow mainstream nail fashion. While nail companies try to parade women around as Barbies, hipsters reject the norm and instead wear dark or patterned nail polish.

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    Makeup. Why are women encouraged to wear make-up, but men aren’t? Hipsters wear minimal make up, if any at all, as a way to reject this misogynistic mentality. Red lipstick is always appropriate though.

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    Work on your fitness, but not too hard. Hipsters don’t believe in the athletic ideal. Instead, they spend their time discussing ideas, philosophy and animal cruelty. Thus, Hipsters have a body fat in the single digits. That comes from drinking fair trade coffee and eating organic vegetables. It makes sense though…they are vegetarian or vegan.

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    Get tattoos. Getting some ink is a creative expression of one’s self. Don’t get tattoos on a whim.

Part 2 of 3: Reject mainstream fashion

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    Hipsters would never shop at Macy’s, Nordstrom, American Eagle or Abercrombie. Hipsters shop at the Salvation Army, thrift stores, second-hand stores, Urban Outfitters(if you want to cheat at ‘style’)and American Apparel. They even follow their own fashion rules.

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    When shopping, look for “unconventional” fashion pieces. If an article of clothing has 2 or more of these fashion buzz words, buy it immediately. Terms include: Studded, Acid Washed, Cut-outs, Cut offs, Oversized, Vintage, Leather, ”Boyfriend” Style, Abstract, Patchwork, Fringe, Cropped, Ripped, Lace-up, Faded, and Suede.

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    Buy the “right” bottoms. Things like Maxi skirts and dresses; High-waisted shorts and pants; Cut–out dresses, rompers, or jumpsuits; vintage dresses; backless rompers or jumpsuits; running shorts, leather shorts, abstract floral leggings or satin shorts are all great choices.

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    Find the “right” shoes. Hipsters love oxfords, gladiator sandals, ankle or military –style boots, “kitten heels,” loafers, Toms, Keds, pointed ballet slippers, and moccasins. Remember it is always appropriate to wear high socks or colorful tights. Always.

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    Buy the “right” tops. Invest in flannel button-ups, shirt with obscure bands titles(only if you actually listen to band), vintage/throw back collared shirts, ironic “Cosby” sweaters, Cut up shirts, crop tops, oversized t-shirts, over-sized cardigans, vintage blazers, American Apparel zip up hoodies, vests, and of course, ponchos.

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    Accessorize, but not too much. Don’t look like you are putting too much effort into the way you look. You want to have just enough to pull together your outfit without looking like you wasted your morning getting dressed when you could have been reading Kant. Some accessories include: headbands, bandanas, scarves, Ray-Bans, faux fur hats, lumberjack hats, and handmade bracelets.

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    Bring a bag with you. Bags are great for storing your books, vinyl records and camera. Some great bag ideas include messenger bags, vintage shoulder bags and cross-body bags.

Part 3 of 3: Adopt the life style

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    Speak with an air of confidence and don’t be afraid to use sarcasm. Sarcasm is just like using italics in everyday life, so use it liberally.

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    Protest against the man. There is always something going through mainstream news that you disagree with. Paint a sign and exercise your first amendment right to protest… well, everything. Recruit members of your co-op to join you.

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    Live green. Ride a bike. It’s just greener. Do you really need to know anymore more than that? Live in a co-op where you have access to an all organic garden everyday.

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    Find the “right” topics for discussion.

    • Politics: Hipsters are always progressive and so over the “Big Brother” government that the two-party system has perpetuated. True hipsters are Libertarians/Greens.
    • Music: You probably never heard of any of the bands they listen to. But its kind of like indie rock, such as: the strokes, friendly fires, the vaccines, simon and garfunkel, the kooks, she and him, tegan and sara, etc..
    • Art: Hipsters understand that art is important to any culture. Post-modern art or anything by Andy Warhol is considered a favorite for most hipsters, but they also like art that is so progressive that many people wouldn’t even consider it “art.” But that’s just because most people don’t understand what art is truly about. Then again, most people haven’t read Plato’s Aesthetics.
    • Philosophy: Classic Greek philosophers are just the beginning for hipsters. Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Hegel, Deleuze, and Butler are just a few favorites, although for true hipsters these authors, although essential, are sort of passé. Bringing up Ayn Rand in any truly hip philosophy circle will get you laughed at. Nihilism, relativism, neo-Marxism (Marxist-Leninism is so 1920’s), neo-Pragmatism, and neo-Existentialism are a few favorite topics. But in the end, hipsters have such a vast knowledge of all philosophy that they would be happy to talk about anything really.
    • Photography: Normally, this would fall under “art” but for hipsters, this deserves its own section. Photography is almost as important as philosophy to hipsters. Vintage film cameras are so simplistic that, like, it takes what you see to a whole new level. Do you know what they mean? Its like, they can’t even explain it. Either you get it or you don’t.
    • Movies: You mean foreign documentaries? No self-respecting hipster would ever be caught watching a multi-million dollar blockbuster. That’s so obvious.
    • Books: Anything about “Big Brother” governments or anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, or Thomas Pynchon. Although again, true hipsters find less known novelists, especially postmodern (or PoMo) ones. Never be caught without a book. If you are starting your shift at the fair-trade, organic coffee shop, sit down with soy latte and just read.

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