For years, hipsters were considered the tastemakers of style and fashion. But, as the hipster movement reached its boiling point in the early aughts, and hipsters started to look like they were coming off an assembly line, the idea of being a hipster lost some of its luster. In fact, the word hipster alone began to take on the connotation of a four-letter word.
Say what you will about hipsters, but one thing is for sure: Hipsters have always had a keen eye for style and design. If you’re looking to inject some new life into your style this year, why not consider adding some hipster swag to your looks?
What is hipster style, exactly? Hipster style can be many different things. It can be gaudy and over the top, or understated and refined. Hipsters love to resurrect trends and styles of the past, and they’re always quick to put a stylish and unconventional spin on even the most simple of outfits. The style is one part trendy, one part tongue-in-cheek, and all parts fun.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at some of the coolest hipster outfits for this season so you can add some much needed cool to your fall styles.
Whether you’re looking for some new threads for the office or some great ideas for what to wear outside of work, there’s something for everyone on our list below.
Two staples of any hipster wardrobe are denim and flannel, and it’s easy to see why. Both denim and flannel are distinctly American styles that we’ve loved for centuries, and they’re just formal enough to keep you looking sharp at the office, and at happy hour when you’re off the clock.
Those who love denim and flannel have an almost cult-like devotion to these styles, and you won’t have to look far to find artisanally produced versions of each. If there’s one thing hipsters love, it’s anything artisanally made.
Just as important as the look itself is how it fits, so you’ll want to pay special attention to how the clothes fit when you sharp. Hipsters are known for being impeccably tailored. The clothes don’t need to be overly tight, but they should be far from baggy.
To rock this look, pick up a pair of overdyed raw denim with a slim-straight or skinny cut, and pair it with the flannel of your choice. This versatile look matches well with virtually any footwear you choose, especially with a pair of Chelsea boots or worn dress shoes.
This versatile look is perfect for virtually any setting, primarily if you work in a casual office. One of the reasons why a flannel button-up with jeans is such a popular combo is it can take you from the office to happy hour with ease, keeping you in style and fashionable in the process.
The hipster set is responsible for keeping the flame alive when it comes to classic American academic style. We’re talking oxford shirts, khakis, and casual blazers, here. For decades, the only people you’d see wearing this look were stuffy professors and other academic types. Thanks to hipsters, what was once considered old and stuffy is now fun and new.
Like the look above, tailoring is essential. Make sure each piece of your outfit is fitted and tailored close to the body. To add some academic cool to your wardrobe, consider pairing a solid color oxford shirt with khakis and a brightly colored fabric belt. Pair this look with a casual blazer, like this one from Beninos to really nail the hip professor aesthetic.
For work or for play, this studious outfit is ideal for any aspiring hipster who is looking to inject some cool into their wardrobe without looking like they were dressed by a teenager.
One thing that seems to never go out of style, whether we’re talking about hipster outfits or fashion in general, is the rockstar look. This look projects confidence while letting people know that you love fun and don’t take yourself too seriously.
The rockstar look is especially easy to put together. All you’ll need is your favorite band t-shirt, your tightest pair of jeans, and a black leather motorcycle jacket. Make sure that each aspect of your outfit is fitted to achieve maximum rockstar chic.
As for footwear, pair your outfit with combat boots, Chelsea boots, or a beat-up pair of dress shoes. From there, add your favorite accessories, like a fresh pair of shades, a bandana, or some bracelets and rings. There’s no wrong way to wear this self-expressive style, so make sure you’re having fun with it.
Hipsters have an appreciation for all things vintage, and that extends to fashion as well. It’s not uncommon to see a hipster channeling the Great Depression with their outfit. The key to nailing this look is to give some subtle nods to the past without appearing like you’re a B-list actor in a period piece.
To pull off this look, we’d recommend starting with a pair of slim-fit khakis or chinos. Next, add a button front henley in a natural, muted color. Finish it off with a pair of suspenders and a pair of desert or Chelsea boots, and you’ll be effectively channeling the past without looking like you grew up during the Roosevelt administration.
These days, fitted shorts and patterned button-ups are all the rage. But this is a style that hipsters have been nailing for decades. This look comes off as fun and tongue-in-cheek, and you’re sure to look like the most fashionable person marooned on Gilligan’s Island if you take these style cues.
Start with a pair of slim-fit flat-front shorts that hit just above your knee. If your shorts hit a bit too low, a tried-and-true hipster trick is to cuff them a time or two to hit the desired length. Pair that with a casual button-up with a fun print or graphic, and you’re good to go.
Pair this look with a pair of low-profile sneakers like the Vans Authentic or Converse Jack Purcell, and you’ll be summer-ready in no time. This look is perfect for enjoying some R&R in the warmer months.
Skateboarding culture and style have been experiencing a renaissance of sorts over the past few years. However, this style is nothing new for hipsters. The main reason why the style is so fashionable is because hipsters have been rocking it for years.
This style is characterized by t-shirts, ripped jeans, and skate shoes. Add an oversized flannel or hoodie to the mix to complete your outfit during the colder months. As with most hipster-approved styles, you’ll want to opt for a pair of tailored jeans that are cut skinny or slim, like this destroyed pair from Enrica.
Accessorize your outfit with a shoelace belt and DJ-style headphones. This will add an extra bit of swag to your already stylish ‘fit. It’s stylish for guys or girls, and it’s a great look for the weekends or casual outings.
If there’s one thing hipster’s love, it’s a wool knit beanie and a sweater. This outfit checks both boxes, so it’s sure to delight even the most unenthused hipsters.
To nail this look, get a chunky cable knit cardigan and throw it on over a t-shirt or oxford shirt. Next, accessorize with a pair of slim-fit chinos or skinny jeans. Tie everything together with a pair of desert boots, Chelsea boots, or your favorite pair of runners. Keep your head warm with a classic chunky-knit fisherman’s cap, like this beanie from Neff.
This versatile look is perfect for running errands, a day at the office, or even a casual date.
If there’s one thing hipsters love, it’s keeping cozy with lots of different layers. This look is an exercise in layering, and it’s perfect for when the weather can turn on a dime.
For this look, start with your favorite t-shirt or short-sleeve henley, and over that add a casual button-front shirt, and a cardigan or chunky sweater. Pair it with a pair of jeans or slim-fit chinos, and your favorite pair of dress shoes or Chelsea boots.
Complete the look with the outerwear of your choice. Bonus points if you wear it with a peacoat or leather jacket. This versatile look is perfect for virtually any setting, from the office to happy hour to everywhere in between.
The hipster-approved looks on our list can inject some much-needed style into your fall wardrobe. From rockstar approved styles to more refined and professional styles, you can’t go wrong with these hipster outfits.