Sunday, September 5, 2010

The unintended hipster

I am not a hipster, nor have I ever claimed to be. Everyone else seems to think I am, just because I love classic rock, black-and-white movies, and avoid wearing clothes from massive chain-stores (those ones that are real dark and pound music out into the mall really scare me). I embrace the fact that I am opposed to the typical. But does this make me a hipster?
Maybe I have it wrong and I don't even properly know what a hipster really is. Apart from what I have gathered from urban dictionary and American Apparel ads, there's a kind of vagueness in that whole world that I can't begin to understand.
But here is what I do know: I don't value 'ironic' eighties fashion or eye glasses as accessories. I look for the whimsical and beautiful, not the ironic and hip. I do buy a lot of things that I think are funny or amusing, but I also on some level think they are beautiful as well. I purchase things that are furry, metallic, plastic, glittery, floaty, studded, insane, bohemian - the things I would wear if I was five years old again. Or a tranny.
My look changes so many times a day, sometimes I can barely keep up. I want to be an impish Parisian in ballerina flats and boatneck shirts, then a tough rock 'n' roller in my leather motorcycle jacket and never-brushed hair, then Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, but then why not Anita Pallenberg, or Grace Kelly? And then I wind up at the end of the day wishing I was a glamorous as Marie Antoinette.
My head is entirely in the clouds, my heart in my dreams. I wish I could say my look is entirely carefree, but if it was I wouldn't care so much about being labeled a 'hipster'. Maybe I've got it all wrong and I am, in fact, a hipster and I didn't even know it. Are there any hep cats out there with an answer?

8 comments:

mona the stoner said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

everything you blog about, like, love, value and worship is exactly the same in my book. From marie antoinette envy to wishing i was rockin' out with the runaways!!! You are amazing!!! <3

Kirby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wish I could help you on this but sadly I'm mistaken for a hipster as well. I think mainly it is because people don't know what else to say and they want to put a label on people!

Georgina Ragazza said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wish I could help too.. I just can't find anything in the shops now that speaks anything about who I am, but vintage clothes: well, they just seem to fit and I feel like "me".

So, you have an unqualified thumbs up from me. :)

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mona the Stoner - Ahhh I love you already! You're my soul sister! Why don't you have a blog so that we can converse about our loves?
xoxo

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Kirby - If you don't mind me saying so, I think we are two peas in a pod. A lot of similar interests and (dare I say) fabulous fashion sense! :)
We are just beyond words, I think that's the problem

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Georgina - well you have two thumbs up from me as well! And so does your blog!
Its always frustrating to have to explain to people that its not deliberately being 'counterculture' or 'independent' or whatever word is in vogue at the moment - its about being comfortable with who you are and how you look. It shouldn't be such an orchestrated, planned thing, which I think 'hipsterdom' is

Jasmine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ah love this post. I hear you out on everything. You do not seem like a hipster. Hipsters are "realist" who can't think for themselves, and dont know who they are so they try to express themseleves through fashion and trashing religion. and although trying to be original they label themselves "Hipsters" and they all act ALIKE. so weird.

Dolly Rocker Girl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha Jasmine - I LOVE your summation of the hipster breed! There's a reason they have so many websites mocking them ... they are so mockable! I'm glad that I got some support here against the claim thrust upon me ;)