Stylish Stereotypes: Hipsters

I have never completely understood the general animosity of people towards other people that are labelled as “hipsters”. In High School, many of my fellow students labelled me as a hipster (it even became a nickname at one point) but I always argued that I didn’t think I was one. People would ask me, “Then how would you label yourself?” And I would reply, “I don’t. I am unique, I am me.” And they would respond, “Then that proves that you are a hipster.”

I barely understood what a hipster was and my classmates defined it as people who shop at Urban Outfitters, are really interested in art, and go to liberal arts colleges. But, I still did not understand why people were so against hipsters, so I looked it up online. This is one of the definitions from Urban Dictionary:

“Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although ‘hipsterism’ is really a state of mind, it is also interwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too ‘edgy’ for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The ‘effortless cool’ urban Bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently, many hipsters tend to have jobs in music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off their parent’s trust funds.”

While I do go to college (studying Fashion Communications), go to the art museums frequently, have a haircut inspired by a Vidal Sassoon, and shop at the stores in the definition, I still feel that I am not classified in this group. I have been shopping at Urban Outfitters because I like their artistic prints and vintage inspired designs; and I have been shopping at American Apparel because I protest against foreign sweatshops and support American-made products. Just because someone likes art and fashion, prefers small “indie” films, and is annoyed by the simple lyrics of Top 20 songs on the radio, does that make them a hipster? And, if it does, what is so bad about that?

Do you understand the controversy regarding hipsters? Do you classify yourself as a hipster or are you annoyed by people that are classified as hipsters? And, are there any other modern “stereotypes” you would like Trend to explore?



2 thoughts on “Stylish Stereotypes: Hipsters

    • There is probably, but I can’t be 100% sure. Some websites say there are only 5 types of hipsters and then others say there are 30 types of hipsters– after a certain point almost everyone could be considered a hipster. But, yes, there is a variation of the “beach bum hipster”. According to my friends I am an “urban hipster” mixed with a “trendsetter hipster”. To me it starts to become complicated and silly after a certain point.
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